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What is Involved in a Breast Augmentation

Jun 2, 2008
Considering breast augmentation by a board certified plastic surgeon? A beautiful shape, enhancement of one's figure, self-confidence and self-esteem are all reasons why todays woman is seeking Breast Augmentation.

Breast enhancement will not just enlarge a womans breasts, but can enhance a womans entire figure. It gives proportion and helps to attain the hourglass curves of the ideal womans shape. Following breast enlargement, many women find that a whole new world of clothing and fashion styles open up for them. The ultimate goal of breast augmentation is not just a physical improvement but also an improvement in self-image, which leads to enhanced self-confidence. There are a whole variety of reasons why women undergo breast augmentation. The best candidates are woman who:

Wish to enhance their size. Want to enhance their figure. Have lost breast volume due to pregnancy, weight loss or aging. Have an asymmetry of the sizes of their breasts. Are looking to beautify the shape of their breasts.

An understanding of the realistic goals achievable with breast enlargement surgery is essential for any woman who might be considering this procedure. Every woman is different, thus results will vary. A detailed discussion with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, will give you the information that you will need to have a clear understanding of the procedure. Following this consultation you should be able to formulate realistic goals, make informed decisions and have the knowledge you will need to successfully go through the operation.

Woman should be in good health prior to considering Breast Augmentation. You should check with your regular medical doctor if you have any questions as to whether you are in good physical condition for this procedure.

The basic operation involves the placement of an implant behind the breast tissue. The implant can be placed either behind just the breast itself or behind both the breast and the chest muscle. Women have the choice of either Saline (salt water) or Silicone filled implants. A careful discussion with your surgeon is essential to choosing which of these implants is best for you.

The essential, most important aspect of the operation is when the surgeon creates the proper "pocket" or space for the implant to fit in. This will determine the quality of the final result. Remember that the single most important feature of Breast Augmentation is the surgeons skill at creating this "pocket". This is where the difference of an excellent, Board Certified Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, really shows.

You will have several options as to which incision your surgeon can use, including the Periareolar (around the nipple), the Inframammary (under the breast) and the Axillary (armpit) incisions. Again, this choice is made between you and your surgeon and is based on your particular anatomy and needs. No surgery can be performed without an incision, just as no egg can be cooked without cracking the shell.

An incision is needed to access the area behind the breast where the "pocket" will be created and the implant placed. A well considered decision as to the placement of this incision can help lead to optimal cosmetic results for the final scar. Dr. Lent will make every effort to place your incision in a location that will allow for the best healing and most inconspicuous results.

After surgery, you will go through several phases of recovery. The initial first few days are many centered on recovering from the effects of anesthesia. The next phase is mainly concerned with healing form the surgical procedure, including the resolution of the post-operative swelling that normally occurs. It is during this phase that Dr. Lent will instruct you in the correct method of how to perform breast massage. Breast massage is an essential part of the care after surgery, which helps to maintain soft, natural appearing breasts. The third phase involves the return to normal activities, including exercise.

This usually occurs at about two to three weeks after surgery. Finally, as the last bits of swelling resolve and sensation returns to normal, there is the fun of choosing new clothing and lingerie. Your plastic surgeon will give you a detailed set of instructions for your post-operative care. Women must follow these instructions in order to help minimize the risks of complications and achieve optimal results.
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