Breast augmentation: have you been wanting to have this procedure for a long time and feel that now is the time? Undergoing breast augmentation surgery is undoubtedly a very important decision in a woman's life and should therefore be well thought out and considered.
So, we're sharing a list of 10 important points that you should know before having the surgery and that can help you make a more informed decision.
1. Type of Breast Implants
Because no two women's physical structures are the same and because they don't all want the same result, the different ranges of breast implants make it possible to adapt the choice of implants to the results each woman wants to achieve.
There is a wide variety of breast implants in different shapes, sizes, projections, coatings, and weights:
• Shape: round and drop
• Size: different sizes, from 55 to 1000 cc's
• Projection: low, moderate, high, and extra high profile
• Coating: smooth, textured, microtextured and polyurethane-coated surface
• Weight: B-lite implants are 30 per cent lighter than conventional implants, offering advantages in some situations
2. There is no Ideal Breast Implant Size
The most used implant sizes range from 250 to 400 cc. However, there is no ideal size that suits all women. For example, 350 cc implants may look large in a slim patient with a narrow chest, while the same size may look small in a tall patient with a large frame.
At the initial medical consultation, your plastic surgeon will advise you on the ideal implant size for your specific case, to achieve a harmonious, proportional result that meets your goals.
A 3D simulation will also be carried out with different implants so that you can get an idea of the possible result.
3. Breast Augmentation Scars
Any surgical intervention is associated with permanent scars. However, over time, they tend to become more final and less visible. The final appearance of the scars depends above all on the genetic characteristics of each patient and the care taken in the post-operative period.
Discover the most common types of scars in breast augmentation:
• Infra-mammary scar: this is the most common type of scar and is hidden in the natural fold of the breast, so it is not visible to the naked eye. This type of incision allows the plastic surgeon excellent visualisation of the operated area, with direct access to the place where the breast implant will be placed. It is the most suitable scar for women who wish to breastfeed in the future as it does not affect the mammary gland or the ducts responsible for transporting milk to the outside of the breast.
• Periareolar scar: this is carried out in the lower area of the areola, at the transition from the areolar tissue to the skin of the breast. It is one of the regions where the scar is most concealed, due to the natural colour transition in this area. This approach is often used when a woman has slightly sagging breasts, but not enough to perform a breast lift. It is also common in cases of correction of small breast asymmetries and in cases of tuberous breast correction where it is necessary to reduce the size of the areola.
Breast Augmentation is usually performed under sedation and local anaesthesia. This means that local anaesthetics are injected into the area to be operated on, and the patient will be sound asleep and breathing on her own. After the operation, you will be under observation for a few hours until you are discharged.
5. Breastfeeding after breast augmentation
Breastfeeding is one of the main concerns for women who want to become pregnant after breast augmentation. Interference with breastfeeding is a possible risk of breast augmentation, but most women can breastfeed their babies after surgery. There are surgical techniques that, when performed properly, reduce the risk of interference with breastfeeding.
For example, opting for an inframammary incision presents less risk for future breastfeeding, as it doesn't interfere with the ducts responsible for passing milk to the outside breast. If you haven't been a mum yet or if you want to become pregnant and breastfeed again, it's important to discuss this with your plastic surgeon so that the most appropriate techniques can be chosen to preserve the integrity of the areola and breast ducts.
6. Breast implants are not lifelong
Breast implants are extremely resistant. However, a woman wishing to have a breast augmentation should be aware that there are no lifetime implants and that she may need a revision/implant exchange surgery after a few years - on average, 10 to 15 years later.
In addition, no surgery guarantees lifelong results or stops the changes that occur in the appearance of the breast due to the natural ageing process, weight fluctuations, pregnancies, and breastfeeding.
7. In addition to augmentation, you may need a breast lift
If breast sagging is very slight, it may be possible to achieve a good breast augmentation result with breast implants alone. On the other hand, in cases of more pronounced breast sagging, a Mastopexy with Implants (breast lift) may be more suitable.
There are various degrees of breast sagging, related to the position of the nipple and the distribution and position of the mammary gland. These aspects are assessed at the initial medical consultation to decide on the most suitable technique for your case..
8. Express Recovery in Breast Augmentation
At our clinic, we have been using the Express Recovery technique for breast augmentation for over 10 years, with experience and results proven by the low percentage of complications. The aim is for your recovery to be as comfortable and quick as possible, but always prioritising safety.
Most women go through the surgery extremely comfortably, but it is still necessary to allow time for a smooth recovery, so as not to precipitate avoidable complications. However, each case is different. On average, after 1 week of rest, you can return to work and daily activities that don't involve physical effort. After 4 weeks, you can resume all activities if your doctor doesn't advise against it.
9. Breast Augmentation Price
One of the most frequently asked questions by women wishing to have breast augmentation surgery is "How much does a breast augmentation cost?". On average, breast augmentation costs from €4,750. However, several factors can influence the final price of breast augmentation, such as the type of implants chosen, and the techniques used.
For example, if a woman has slightly sagging breasts, it may be necessary to remove some of the skin around the areola. In addition, when assessing the final price of the surgery, you should consider everything that is and isn't included in the final price: operating theatre, medical and nursing staff, anaesthesia, breast implants, surgical bra, post-operative medication, lymphatic drainage, and follow-up appointments.
10. The result you see on the first day is not the result
Due to post-operative oedema, the breast may appear larger, swollen, and higher than desired. Over time, as the post-operative oedema decreases, the result will look increasingly beautiful and natural.
The result of breast augmentation improves progressively up to 12 months when the result of the surgery is obtained. In the gallery on our website, you can see various examples of before and after breast augmentation.
At LMR, we prioritise your well-being, guaranteeing personalised care and natural results. If you want to have your plastic surgery safely and with quality follow-up, book an appointment with one of our doctors specialising in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.
In case this article presents before and after photos please consider them merely demonstrative and may not serve as a reference for your particular case. These images are only to show possible results for one or several surgical procedures. The images we use are of patients who have consented to their use. Any images do not represent a guarantee of results.
Sobre a Médica Especialista
Dr. Luísa Magalhães Ramos / Plastic Surgery
PORTUGUESE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, Nr. 42810
Graduated by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, she specialized in plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery, at Hospital de São José, in Lisbon.
Throughout her training, she subspecialized in aesthetic plastic surgery, having worked in world-renowned clinics.
Currently, she is mainly dedicated to face and breast aesthetic plastic surgery and to intimate female surgery.
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