What to Expect From Breast Augmentation Surgery: A Comprehensive Guide for Women Interested in the Procedure

Breast augmentation is a procedure that many women consider to enhance their physical appearance. It involves the use of implants to increase the size of the breasts, improve their shape, or restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy. At Burt & Will Plastic Surgery and Dermatology in Naperville, IL, we focus on providing comprehensive care and detailed information to assist patients in making informed decisions about breast augmentation.

What Is Breast Augmentation? 

Breast augmentation refers to a surgical process focused on augmenting and reshaping a woman’s breast profile. This usually involves implant placement to achieve a desired increase in breast size and an improved silhouette. Tailored to suit each patient’s specific needs and body structure, the procedure offers a personalized solution for enhancing breast aesthetics.

Why Women Choose Breast Augmentation

  • Increase Breast Size: For those with naturally smaller breasts, breast augmentation can offer an increase in size. This adjustment allows for a more proportionate figure and can align the body image with personal aesthetic desires.
  • Restore Breast Volume After Pregnancy: Pregnancy and breastfeeding can lead to changes in breast volume. Breast augmentation can help restore the pre-pregnancy breast size.
  • Improve Breast Shape and Contour: Beyond just size, breast augmentation can enhance the overall shape and contour of the breasts. This is particularly beneficial for those seeking a more rounded or fuller breast appearance.
  • Restore Breasts After Mastectomy: In the wake of a mastectomy, breast augmentation plays a significant role in reconstructive efforts. It helps in recreating a natural-looking breast shape, aiding in physical and emotional recovery.
  • Improve Breast Symmetry: Asymmetrical breasts can be balanced through breast augmentation. By adjusting the size of one or both breasts, this procedure can achieve a more symmetrical and harmonious breast appearance.

Types of Breast Augmentation

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are a popular option for breast augmentation. They are filled with silicone gel, which feels similar to natural breast tissue. These implants come in various sizes and shapes, allowing for a customizable approach to achieve the desired breast profile.

Saline Implants

Saline implants used in breast augmentation surgery are filled with sterile saltwater. They can be filled at the time of surgery to allow for minor adjustments in implant size. Saline implants are favored by some because the body can naturally absorb the saline solution in case of implant rupture.

MemoryShape® Implants

MemoryShape implants are a technologically advanced type of highly cohesive implant. These implants are made in the U.S. and have a beautiful anatomical shape that matches the shape and feel of natural breasts. These implants come in a variety of profiles to suit your body shape and breast enlargement goals.

What to Expect From Your Surgery

Choosing the Implants That Are Right for You

The process of selecting the right implants for your breast augmentation begins with a consultation. During this stage, we will help you choose the implants that align with your aesthetic goals and physical characteristics. In addition to implant material, we will discuss:

  • Implant Size: Selecting the right size is key to achieving your desired breast volume, with consideration for your body frame and existing breast tissue to maintain a natural appearance.
  • Implant Shape: Available in round or teardrop shapes, round implants enhance fullness at the top, whereas teardrop implants create a natural, sloping profile.
  • Implant Profile: This determines the forward projection from the chest wall, with options ranging from low to high for varying degrees of prominence.
  • Implant Texture: Choose between smooth implants for a softer, more natural movement or textured implants to reduce movement.

Pre-Surgery Preparations

In preparation for your breast augmentation, taking certain steps can help bring about a smoother procedure and recovery. It’s advisable to stop smoking well in advance of the surgery, as smoking can hinder the healing process and increase the risk of complications. Additionally, focusing on overall health through a balanced diet and proper hydration is key. Preparing your body in this way, along with following specific instructions from your surgeon regarding medications or supplements, lays the groundwork for a successful surgery and recovery.

Your Breast Augmentation Surgery

During your breast augmentation surgery, the procedure will begin with the administration of anesthesia for your comfort. The surgeon will make incisions in one of three places — around the areola, under the breast crease, or in the armpit — based on the type of implants and your body structure. A pocket is then created either on top of or under the chest muscle, where the implant will be placed.

In the case of saline implants, they are filled after placement to the desired volume. The surgeon will meticulously adjust and position the implants to ensure symmetry and an aesthetically pleasing result. Once the implants are properly positioned, the incisions are closed and the breasts are bandaged to support the new shape and facilitate healing.

Immediately After Surgery

Post breast enlargement surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room where your condition will be closely monitored to promote a safe awakening from anesthesia. Once stable, you’ll be ready to go home. It is essential to have a friend or family member drive you home and assist you in getting settled. The first few hours after surgery are important for rest and initial recovery, so having someone to help during this time is important for your comfort and safety.

What to Expect From Breast Augmentation Recovery

During your breast augmentation recovery, expect some soreness and discomfort initially, but this is manageable with medications prescribed by your surgeon. While rest is important, light movement is also encouraged to boost blood circulation and prevent clots. Most patients resume work and light activities within a week, but strenuous activities, especially upper body exercises, should be avoided for about a month, particularly for implants under the muscle.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation With a Consultation

Exploring breast augmentation options and outcomes is made as simple as possible at Burt & Will Plastic Surgery and Dermatology. The expertise we bring to our cosmetic procedures in Naperville, IL, leads to beautiful and satisfying results for our breast augmentation patients. We look forward to helping you with your aesthetic goals. To learn more about how we can assist you or to schedule a consultation, please reach out to us at (815) 267-8830 or fill out our online form.

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