inserting an implant behind each breast,
surgeons are able to increase a woman's
bustline by one or more bra cup sizes.
If you're considering breast augmentation,
this will give you a basic understanding
of the procedure--when it can help, how
it's performed, and what results you can
expect. It can't answer all of your questions,
since a lot depends on your individual
circumstances. Please ask your surgeon
if there is anything you don't understand
about the procedure.
augmentation can enhance your appearance
and your self-confidence, but it won't
necessarily change your looks to match
your ideal, or cause other people to treat
you differently. Before you decide to
have surgery, think carefully about your
expectations and discuss them with your
surgeon.The best candidates for breast
augmentation are women who are looking
for improvement, not perfection, in the
way they look. If you're physically healthy
and realistic in your expectations, you
may be a good candidate.
augmentation is usually done to
balance a difference in breast size,
to improve body contour, or as a
reconstructive technique following
A breast implant is a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or a salt-water solution known as saline. Both of these implants are now available for you. Dr. Alavi has performed over 2000 of this procedure and is consider as an expert in both of these implants. He will go over pros and cons of each implant type and help you decide which is best for you. A breast implant is a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or a salt-water solution known as saline. Both of these implants are now available for you. Dr. Alavi has performed over 2000 of this procedure and is consider as an expert in both of these implants. He will go over pros and cons of each implant type and help you decide which is best for you.
surgery carries some
uncertainty and risk
Breast augmentation is relatively straightforward.
But as with any operation, there are
risks associated with surgery and specific
complications associated with this procedure.
These risks will be discussed by your
surgeon and staff during your initial
consultation.While the majority of women
do not experience these complications,
you should discuss each of them with
your physician to make sure you understand
the risks and consequences of breast
In your initial consultation, Dr. Alavi
will evaluate your health and explain
which surgical techniques are most appropriate
for you, based on the condition of your
breasts and skin tone. If your breasts
are sagging, your doctor may also recommend
a breast lift.Be sure to discuss your
expectations frankly with your surgeon.
He or she should be equally frank with
you, describing your alternatives and
the risks and limitations of each. You
may want to ask your surgeon for a copy
of the manufacturer's insert that comes
with the implant he or she will use --
just so you are fully informed about it.
And, be sure to tell your surgeon if you
smoke, and if you're taking any medications,
vitamins, or other drugs.Your surgeon
should also explain the type of anesthesia
to be used, the type of facility where
the surgery will be performed, and the
costs involved. Because most insurance
companies do not consider breast augmentation
to be medically necessary, carriers generally
do not cover the cost of this procedure.
Dr. Alavi will give you instructions
to prepare for surgery, including guidelines
on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking
or avoiding certain vitamins and medications.While
making preparations, be sure to arrange
for someone to drive you home after your
surgery and to help you out for a few
days, if needed.
your surgery will be performed
surgery will be performed in our accredited
Breast augmentation can be performed with
a general anesthesia, so you'll sleep
through the entire operation. Some surgeons
may use a local anesthesia, combined with
a sedative to make you drowsy, so you'll
be relaxed but awake.
The method of inserting and positioning
your implant will depend on your anatomy
and your surgeon's recommendation. The
incision can be made either in the crease
where the breast meets the chest, around
the areola (the dark skin surrounding
the nipple), or in the armpit. Every effort
will be made to assure that the incision
is placed so resulting scars will be as
inconspicuous as possible.
are made to keep scars as inconspicuous
as possible, in the breast crease,
around the nipple, or in the armpit.
Breast tissue and skin is lifted
to create a pocket for each implant.
through the incision, the surgeon will
lift your breast tissue and skin to create
a pocket, either directly behind the breast
tissue or underneath your chest wall muscle
(the pectoral muscle). The implants are
then centered beneath your nipples.Some
surgeons believe that putting the implants
behind your chest muscle may reduce the
potential for capsular contracture. This
placement may also interfere less with
breast examination by mammogram than if
the implant is placed directly behind
the breast tissue. Placement behind the
muscle however, may be more painful for
a few days after surgery than placement
directly under the breast tissue.
breast implant may be inserted
directly under the breast tissue
or beneath the chest wall muscle.
You'll want to discuss the pros and cons
of these alternatives with your doctor
before surgery to make sure you fully
understand the implications of the procedure
he or she recommends for you.The surgery
usually takes one to two hours to complete.
Stitches are used to close the incisions,
which may also be taped for greater support.
A gauze bandage may be applied over your
breasts to help with healing.
surgery, breasts appear fuller and
more natural in tone and contour.
Scars will fade with time.
You're likely to feel tired and sore
for a few days following your surgery,
but you'll be up and around in 24 to
48 hours. Most of your discomfort can
be controlled by medication prescribed
by your doctor.Within several days,
the gauze dressings, if you have them,
will be removed, and you will continue
to wear the surgical bra for four
weeks after your surgery. You
may also experience a burning sensation
in your nipples for about two weeks,
but this will subside as bruising fades.Your
stitches will come out in a week to
10 days, but the swelling in your breasts
may take three to five weeks to disappear.
should be able to return to work within
a few days, depending on the level of
activity required for your job.Follow
your surgeon's advice on when to begin
exercises and normal activities. Your
breasts will probably be sensitive to
direct stimulation for two to three
weeks, so you should avoid much physical
contact. After that, breast contact
is fine once your breasts are no longer
sore, usually three to four weeks after
surgery.Your scars will be firm and
pink for at least six weeks. Then they
may remain the same size for several
months, or even appear to widen. After
several months, your scars will begin
to fade, although they will never disappear
completely.Routine mammograms should
be continued after breast augmentation
for women who are in the appropriate
age group, although the mammographic
technician should use a special technique
to assure that you get a reliable reading.
(All surgery carries some uncertainty
many women, the result of breast augmentation
can be satisfying, even exhilarating,
as they learn to appreciate their fuller
appearance.Regular examination by your
plastic surgeon and routine mammograms
for those in the appropriate age groups
at prescribed intervals will help assure
that any complications, if they occur,
can be detected early and treated.Your
decision to have breast augmentation is
a highly personal one that not everyone
will understand. The important thing is
how you feel about it. If you've met your
goals, then your surgery is a success.