Like many other invasive, cosmetic surgeries, breast enhancement procedures are becoming increasingly easier and safer. More importantly, they have a far higher rate of patient success than they did in past. More is currently known about the benefits, drawbacks and risks of saline implants, silicone implants and over or under the muscle implantation procedures. Best of all, there are numerous ways in which these treatments can be performed. Following are several important facts that will help you prepare for your own breast enlargement procedure.
The Risks Of Breast Enlargement
As a future breast enhancement patient, one of the best things that you can do to ensure the success of your surgery is to start ramping up your general health. In fact, most surgeons require all of their patients to be in good general health before they are deemed as being acceptable candidates. The ideal candidates for these elective, cosmetic treatments do not have uncontrolled diabetes or hypertension and they are free of all bleeding and clotting issues that might complicate the actual surgery or the ensuing recovery process.
Smokers are advised to enter into cessation programs given that tobacco use can increase the risks of this procedure and diminish the body’s ability to heal itself at an acceptable rate. If you smoke, you should try to stop at least two to three weeks before your procedure. Those who are unwilling to permanently give up this habit can resume smoking, but only after the healing period has ended.
Establishing Feasible Cosmetic Goals
It is important to work with your surgeon to establish feasible cosmetic goals. Breast enlargement is not a lift. A breast lift does not require the use of either saline or silicone implants. Instead, it can be a standalone procedure for tightening or eliminating excess skin that is the result of sudden or extreme weight loss, pregnancy or breastfeeding. If loose or saggy skin is excessive, your doctor may recommend a combination breast enhancement and breast lift treatment. In most instances of breast augmentation, however, the added volume received by an implant will be sufficient for filling loose sagging skin out. In fact, most women may need tissue expanders in order to ensure that the skin in the targeted area is elastic enough to accommodate the new breast size.
Choosing An Implant Type
There are two primary types of implants. These are silicone and saline implants. Saline is obviously the less risky of the two, given that the body can recognize and absorb saline should an implant ever leak or rupture. Although silicone implants have been responsible for the development of serious health complications in the past, they are still widely used. More importantly, silicone implant designs have undergone a number of innovative modifications that have made them far safer for use. Silicone implants offer a very soft and natural feel. Your provider can also choose between inserting either implant type over the chest muscle or under the chest muscle. Over the muscle procedures are both easier and safer, but under the muscle treatments eliminate the likelihood of visual bulges and ripples while engaging in any movements or elevation changes.
Getting Ready For The Recovery Process
Be sure to have plenty of appropriately sized bras on hand and ask your doctor about the benefits of using compression garments. Patients are advised to seek outside care for small children and pets. They should also have friends or family members on hand who can assist with basic tasks during the first several days after recovery.
Tissue Expanders And Prosthetic Breasts
There are a number of tangible tools that your provider can use to get you physically, mentally and emotionally ready for the challenges of breast enhancement. Tissue expanders are commonly used in patients to improve skin elasticity in the targeted area, so that the body can more easily accommodate a sizable implant. This is a gradual process that can help patients with entirely flat chests or very small-sized breasts overcome some of the physical barriers that may have made them unsuitable candidates for augmentation in the past.
When choosing a breast size, it is important to ask your provider whether or not he or she has prosthetic breasts. Considering only the aesthetic effects that a larger implant will have on your body could prove problematic further down the road. Large-sized implants add a significant amount of body weight. Having patients wear prosthetic breasts gives them the best ability to accurately gauge how they will both look and feel once this extra weight has been added.
Altering Implant Sizes And Maintaining Implants
If you’re having a hard time deciding upon a comfortable implant size, you may want to choose an adjustable saline implant design. These implants can be easily refilled or enlarged as needed. Moreover, excess fluids can be released according to changes in patient cosmetic goals. It is important to note that all implants have a limited lifespan. This is to ensure that changes or natural wear in the implant materials does not place women at any undue risk for serious leaks or ruptures. Ongoing implant maintenance is especially important for women who have chosen silicon implants and all those who have opted for implantation under the chest muscle rather than over it.