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What to Expect Before and After Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure to change the size and shape of a woman's breasts. Whether it is reducing the size of breasts that are too large, reconstructing breasts after surgery, or enhancing the size of the breasts, breast augmentation provides women with the body contour they are looking for.
Prior to your breast augmentation surgery, you will have an initial consultation with your plastic surgeon. This is your chance to have all of your questions about breast augmentation surgery answered.
Your plastic surgeon will inform you of what directions you must follow prior to the breast augmentation surgery. You may need to avoid smoking, certain vitamins and drugs, and some food or drink. Also, your plastic surgeon will evaluate your overall health to make sure you are not at risk for any unnecessary complications during breast augmentation surgery, or during the recovery from the surgery.
Breast augmentation is the most common form of plastic surgery performed in the United States, but it is still a surgical procedure, and must be performed by a professional in a medical environment. On the day of your breast augmentation, you should arrive with a companion to help you after the procedure. Breast augmentation can be performed in an independent surgical facility, or it can be performed in a hospital.
Most of the time, breast augmentation is performed while you are under general anesthesia. This means that you will not feel anything and you will be unconscious for the entire procedure. Some plastic surgeons prefer to perform breast augmentation procedures while the patient is under local anesthetic and sedative. In this case, you would be conscious, but would not feel any discomfort.
During the breast augmentation surgery, the surgeon will make an incision either next to the areola, in the inframammary crease, the transaxillary (armpit) crease, or in the navel for a TUBA (Trans Umbilical Breast Augmentation) procedure. You will work with the plastic surgeon to decide what incision is best for you prior to the breast augmentation surgery.
Once the plastic surgeon has made the incision for the breast augmentation surgery, they will create a pocket behind the breast for the implant. Depending on where you and the surgeon have decided on placing the implant, the pocket will be created either in front, partially behind, or completely behind the chest wall muscle.
After the pocket has been created, the surgeon will place the breast implant. During breast augmentation, the implant can be selected so that it is either filled prior to the surgery, or so that it is filled once it has been placed.
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