Have you been trying to improve the look of your breasts with specialized undergarments and other devices? While clothing can create the illusion of a larger bust, it can’t permanently enhance the way your breasts look.
Breast augmentation is the only way to increase the size of your breasts while improving their shape and overall appearance.
Rios Center for Plastic Surgery provides breast augmentation surgery for clients in Edinburg, TX, and surrounding cities. Read on to learn more about breast augmentation and what the process involves.
Breast augmentation is a plastic surgical procedure that can improve the shape and size of your breasts. It is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world and has helped millions of women enhance their figures.
Breast augmentation surgery can be performed in one of two ways. Most commonly, a cosmetic surgeon places implants beneath the skin to add volume to the breast. These implants can be made of either silicone or saline.
Another method of breast augmentation involves fat transfer. With this technique, fat is harvested from elsewhere on the body and then transplanted to the breast to increase fullness.
Candidates for Breast Augmentation
Oftentimes, women seek breast augmentation because they feel that their breasts are too small. While this is a common reason for the procedure, other clients may be good candidates for augmentation for different reasons.
Many clients want to enhance breasts that have lost volume and sagged downwards due to age, weight loss, or pregnancy. Some clients seek breast augmentation as a reconstructive procedure after having a mastectomy.
Anyone who is not happy with the look or feel of their breasts should seek a consultation with a plastic surgeon. This is the only way to confirm that you are an ideal candidate for breast augmentation surgery.
How Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Performed?
If you are interested in breast augmentation, it’s important that you know what to expect during the process. The following is a complete breakdown of how breast augmentation surgery is performed.
Before you can schedule a breast augmentation, you need to consult with our board-certified plastic surgeon. During your consultation appointment, we will examine your natural breasts and discuss your desired outcome to determine whether breast surgery is the right choice for you.
Some clients may benefit more from a breast lift, which is a different cosmetic procedure. Others will need a breast lift in addition to breast augmentation. These things can only be determined by having a consultation appointment.
If you are deemed a good candidate for breast augmentation, we will discuss the best method of augmentation to meet your needs. Some patients are better suited for fat transfer, while others will need silicone or saline implants. The type of augmentation you receive will depend largely on the results you’re looking to achieve.
After selecting a date for your surgery, you will have to get complete medical clearance from your regular physician. This is usually done in the days leading up to your procedure.
Medical clearance will involve a complete physical examination, blood panels, and diagnostic imaging, in some cases. This process ensures that you meet the health requirements to go under general anesthesia.
On the night before your breast surgery, you will be asked to refrain from eating or drinking after midnight. As an anesthetic precaution, your stomach must be empty during your procedure.
During the Procedure
Your procedure will begin when you are put under anesthesia. Once you are fully asleep, discreet incisions will be made through which your implants can be inserted. These incisions may be in the armpit area or along the crease beneath your breast. The placement of your incisions will depend on the type of implants you are receiving.
If you are receiving silicone implants, the entire implant will be placed at once. For saline implants, the empty shell is inserted and then filled with saline after it is in place. The incisions are then closed with small sutures, and you are transported to an aftercare area to be monitored until you awaken.
The process for breast augmentation with fat transfer is very different from receiving implants. If you are having breast surgery that involves fat transfer, the procedure will begin with liposuction.
Small incisions will be made in an area of the body where there is unwanted excess fat. This may be the stomach, thighs, arms, or buttocks. A thin tube called a cannula will then be inserted through this incision to gently suction away fat cells. These fat cells are then purified and injected into the breasts to increase their volume.
Recovering from Breast Augmentation
Some breast surgery patients will need to remain in our aftercare center overnight for monitoring, but many are able to return home the same day. You will be discharged with bandaging in place on your chest. This is usually removed after the first week.
You will need to rest and avoid strenuous activities for the first few days after your breast augmentation. It is important that you avoid anything that could cause direct impact or trauma to the chest. Activities that require excessive upper arm movement should be avoided for about two weeks.
Most people are able to return to work and resume everyday activities after three to five days.
Breast Surgery at Rios Center for Plastic Surgery
Are you interested in breast augmentation surgery? Rios Center for Plastic Surgery offers breast augmentation to help patients improve their bust and feel like the best version of themselves. Contact us online or by phone to schedule a breast surgery consultation with one of our providers today.