The most common plastic surgery procedure is breast augmentation, a surgery which has become exponentially successful due to the advancement in both techniques and technology. Breast augmentation is a procedure to reshape or enlarge breasts. An augmentation can be sought out for a number of reasons. Many women will have an augmentation because they feel their breasts are too small. Many others choose the surgery to make the breasts fuller after a substantial weight loss. Augmentation may be requested to help lift and firm the breasts following pregnancy or to even out breasts that are not equal in size. It is also a method of reconstruction following breast cancer or other surgeries.
In this procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision to insert either a silicone or saline filled implant underneath the breast tissue or the chest muscle. The procedure may require additional steps to prepare the breast tissue if the augmentation is being completed to restore a breast that has been damaged by illness or injury.
Any woman can be a candidate for this procedure providing they understand the risks and the limitations of the surgery. If you are planning to lose a substantial amount of weight, it is advised you do so before surgery. Generally, you should be healthy, do not smoke, and do not take any medications that may interfere with blood clotting. If piercings in the nipples are present, they may need to be removed during the surgery. Women should also be aware that the appearance of any tattoos across the breasts may be altered following surgery.
Some women have found it difficult to breastfeed after having implants. Breasts can also enlarge during pregnancy, and stay larger, so implants which were once perfect can become too large if they are inserted pre-pregnancy.
There are several different varieties of breast augmentations available. Based upon your desired results, your surgeon will recommend the procedure best suited to you, and will help you choose exactly the breast size that looks best with your body. Be sure to discuss any concerns or questions you have with the doctor so your experience can be tailored to your needs. Some versions are more or less invasive than others, some have shorter recovery times, and some have more or less dramatic results. All of these factors must be taken into consideration prior to your surgery.