Breast Augmentation Procedure
Breast augmentation currently ranks as the number one cosmetic surgery procedure in the US. This surgery can be performed using a variety of techniques.
However, the steps involved in the procedure will remain mostly the same in each case. Breast implant surgery can be individualized to address the specific requirements of the patient. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will inform the patient of the steps that breast augmentation involves. This will give the patient a fair amount of clarity on what she can expect during the surgery and help her overcome any anxiety regarding the procedure.
The patient is administered with anesthesia after being brought into the operating room. Breast augmentation is usually performed under general anesthesia. An anesthesiologist or a registered anesthetist nurse will administer the anesthesia.
The patient may experience nausea, grogginess and other mild side effects related to the anesthesia for some hours following the procedure. A majority of patients can return home on the day of the procedure itself after the anesthesia side-effects have worn off. The patient should ask someone responsible to take her back home after the breast augmentation procedure.
Placing the Incisions
The next step after administering the anesthesia is placing the incisions in pre-determined areas in a precise and inconspicuous manner.
The incisions may be placed beneath the breast crease, in the armpit region, around the areola border, or around the navel area in some cases. As far as possible, the surgeon will place the incision in the natural creases to ensure that the consequent scarring remains discreet.
Placement of Implants
The surgeon can place breast implants beneath the pectoral muscle or in front of the pectoral muscle right behind the breast tissue. The surgeon will evaluate the implant size and breast anatomy of the patient before deciding on implant placement.
They will inform the patient of the advantages and limitations of both these implant placement alternatives. This will enable the patient to make a well-informed choice prior to the finalization of breast augmentation cosmetic surgery plan.
The surgeon will place the implants and adjust them into position. Then they will carefully seal the incisions using either removable or absorbable sutures. They will then put temporary drain tubes beneath the skin in the incision areas. The surgeon will direct the patient to keep the incision sites clean and dry to mitigate the risk of infection.
Wearing Surgical Bra
In a few days following the procedure, the surgeon will replace the initial bandages with a special surgical bra. The patient must wear this special bra for several weeks. It is important to follow the surgeon’s instructions and wear this bra all the time (except when bathing). This will help in quicker healing, and the breast tissue will attain its new desired shape.
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