The term breast augmentation also called mammoplasty or boob job is used to describe the medical procedure that is done to increase the size, change the texture of the shape of a woman's breasts. This is done by either using implants or by fat grafting. Breast implants are also used to correct congenital defects of the breasts or the chest, for reconstruction of breasts post- mastectomy.
The globally popular breast augmentation using implants uses either an implant filled with saline solution or silicone gel. The fat graft transfer procedure is used to correct the contours of the breasts or change their shape by using autologous adipocyte fat tissue which is drawn from the patient's body.
Here is a list of things that must be kept in mind before going for breast augmentation.
1. Breasts are going to be way up at the beginning- Your breasts are going to sit way up at first and your skin and tissues are going to need about three months to adjust around the implant. It will feel like your breasts are near your armpits at first but its nothing to worry about. The skin and tissues adjustment is necessary for the natural look of your new breasts.
2. You can choose the type of implant the doctor is going to use. Both saline and silicone implants have their disadvantages and advantages. In 2014, 77% of implants used were silicone, as these feel more real and saline implants show ripples. However, leaks in saline implants are easier to detect as their size reduces visibly.
3. Nipples will feel prickly- The procedure affects your body in many ways and it's normal to experience tingling and prickliness and pulsating feeling as your breasts heal.
4. You will feel your breasts move- If the implants have been placed sub-muscularly, it is easy to feel them move. No one except you will notice this.
5. Choose the right surgeon- Keep in mind that not all surgeons are board-certified or are skilled or experienced. Do your research on the internet and also by asking people.
6. There is a possibility of more surgeries after the implantation procedure- Weight loss and pregnancy can change the shape of your breasts. Within the next ten years, most candidates of breast implants need a revision surgery.
7. You need to be a healthy candidate for a safe surgery- If you smoke or have a family history of breast cancer or are obese, then most likely you should not get a breast implant. If the surgery is done anyway, it can complicate your health and have adverse effects on your body. It is important to be completely honest with your doctor.
8. Risks of the surgery- There are many risks associated with this surgery such as deflation, asymmetry and also, bleeding. Some rare risks associated with this are infection and risk of cancer.
9. Exercise restrictions- After surgery, there are a lot of restrictions on physical activities. You most definitely cannot be as active as you were before.
10. Posture- Augmented breasts will affect your body posture due to their weight, just like a normal natural breast would.
11. Try out different sizes before going in for the surgery- Sizers are neoprene sacs filled with beads that are offered by most clinics and can be used to stuff your bra to help in the decision of the size that you want.
12. Having second thoughts - It is normal to question yourself if you went too far or if the difference is not big enough. A lot of women feel, what is called 'boob greed' which means they feel they could have gone a little bigger after a few months of the surgery. But, there will come a time of self-acceptance and you will be happy with your new breast size.