15 Things To Know Before Undergoing Breast Augmentation

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the most sought-after cosmetic surgical procedure in 2016 was breast augmentation.

Breast augmentation is the surgical placement of implants under a woman’s breasts. It enhances your femininity, balances out your proportions, and boosts your confidence.

Specialists who perform breast augmentation surgery in Dubai share some of the important things you should know before undergoing a breast surgery.

1. The new implants are guaranteed for life.

Over the years, manufacturers of breast implants have improved their design. They are now offering a wider range of safe, long-lasting implants for your reconstructive and aesthetic needs. Unluckily, there are still some implants that fail after surgery. This happens because of several reasons, including implant malposition, scar tissue, drooping, and size change. Nevertheless, reputable manufacturers are supportive during these situations and some warranty issues are available.

2. Breast augmentation cost is multifactorial

The cost of breast augmentation will depend on the surgeon’s fee, facilities, cost of anesthesia, and other materials like drapes, bandages and stitches. Moreover, the price depends on region, patient and doctor.

3. Not everyone is a good candidate.

If you have a strong family history of breast cancer, you are unfortunately not a good candidate for a breast augmentation procedure. This factor can increase complications and risks during and after surgery. If you have medical conditions, you must be evaluated and cleared first before undergoing breast surgery.

4. You can try on different implant sizes.

Before deciding which implant to opt for, you can try different sizes. There are special sizes patients can try. You can stuff your bra so you will get an idea of the size you may like.

5. Jumping from a small to huge breast size at once is not possible.

If you are starting with a small A cup, you don’t get to jump up to a DD cup in a single procedure. Your skin and body will need time to adjust to such changes. Thus, a reputable surgeon suggests going up only a few cup sizes at first, then gradually increasing the implant size.

6. Breast augmentations can affect your ability to breastfeed.

For an areola incision, there is a small risk that your ability to breastfeed will be affected. The incision can damage minor ducts, disconnecting the areola complex with the mammary gland’s main portion. But incisions in the crease of the breast or underarm incisions should not cause any problem with breastfeeding later on.

7. You may lose feeling in your nipples.

Loss of sensation in the nipples is a risk whenever a person undergoes breast surgery using periareolar approach, but this will still depend on several factors, including the type of surgery and breast shape. Remember that even when you have lost sensation in your nipples, they’ll still react to stimulation and cold. This is really minimized when using incisions in the breast crease.

8. A breast exam is a must before the surgery.

Since any kind of breast surgery can have an effect on future breast cancer screenings, a proper breast exam should be done first. You may be advised to get a mammogram if you’re of appropriate  age. Breast health is important, so you should discuss this with your surgeon.

9. Not all plastic surgeons are trustworthy.

Look for surgeons who meet certain criteria. Make sure that the surgeon is certified by the International Society of Plastic Surgery, an organization with a high standard of maintenance and criteria.

Moreover, choose a surgeon who has relevant experience in performing breast augmentations. Don’t hesitate to ask for proof of their work. Also, speak with their past clients (if you  know any, because doctors can’t give out the number of their patients). Most importantly, get a feel of the surgeon’s approach by scheduling a consultation.

10. Saline is outdated.

Traditionally, there were two different types of implant materials: silicone and saline. But silicone ousted saline implants because they feel more like natural breast tissue.

Gummy bear breast implants are among the new trends today. These are form-stable implants that maintain their shape even if the implant shell breaks. As compared to the traditional silicone implants, the gel’s consistency in this implant is thicker and firmer.

11. Incision and material will need to be agreed upon with your doctor.

You cannot just walk into a surgeon’s clinic and say you want a silicone implant through an areola incision. You and your surgeon will work hand-in-hand to determine which incision and implant type is best for you. A reputable surgeon will consider factors like your beginning breast shape and size and breast tissue before suggesting options.  

12. You can go back to work after five to seven days.

You will ideally need around a week to recover; depending on your healing, you will still be in good enough shape to get back to work if your job does not require manual labor. But if you choose to place the implant behind the muscle instead of on top, the recovery period may last longer. Most women go for above the muscle because it is more realistic.

13. Fat Transfer is Possible

Fat from elsewhere on your body can be moved to your boobs. Known as fat transfer, this procedure is done by suctioning fats from your other body parts and injecting it into your breast area to create a more projected look. But this is only an option for those who want to achieve a relatively small increase in their breast size.

14. Limit vigorous exercise after surgery

Exercise in moderation and limit any vigorous exercise for up to one month, especially cardio workouts involving bouncing. This makes sure that your body heals quickly with minimal risks for scar tissues, stretch marks and infection.

15. Pay close attention to your diet after surgery.

Healthy recovery is a crucial part of a successful breast augmentation, so pay close attention to what you eat and drink. Support your healing process by drinking plenty of water and consuming foods rich in Vitamins A and C, and protein.

Undergoing breast enhancement procedures is a major step for most women. But remember that the expertise of a skilled surgeon is required if your goal is to become a woman rejuvenated.

AUTHOR BIO

A highly qualified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Dany Kayle specializes in a wide range of cosmetic services, offering his patients at the Dr. Kayle Aesthetic Clinic the best personalized care, from mini-facelifts to major body contouring. He is a member of ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) and a graduate of the American University of Beirut with 18 years of experience of private practice in the U.A.E.