Understanding Breast Augmentation Procedures

12 Feb

If you are debating about whether you should consider breast augmentation there are certain things you should understand first. This is an area that you definitely don’t want to rush into and make the wrong decision.

Let’s start by discussing what breast augmentation is and what the risks are associated with this procedure.

Breast Augmentation is also known by the name Augmentation Mammaplasty. It is a medical procedure that involves using breast implants to improve your breast size. Many women like to use this procedure to achieve larger, fuller breasts or to restore their fullness after several pregnancies.

There are two different types of breast implants available Silicone and Saline. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water while the silicone ones are filled with a plastic gel known as silicone. There have been cases where the silicone implants have leaked causing major health issues. Currently there are only three companies that are approved to produce silicone implants and they are:

  1. Mentor
  2. Allergan
  3. Sientra

Breast augmentation is not cheap and can run you anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 and is considered cosmetic surgery. This means that most health insurance companies will not cover the costs for this type of procedure.

The actual medical procedure is done while you are under anesthesia and can take up to two hours to perform.  Depending upon your body type and how large the implant is the surgeon will need to make incisions. These will be under your breast, under your arm or around the nipple area.

The actual implant is inserted into a pocket above your chest muscle and is closed with sutures or surgical tape. Once the surgery is finished your breasts are covered with gauze and you may have drainage tubes inserted. Full recovery can take up to six weeks and many women prefer to wear a surgical bra during this time. The scars and swelling will disappear.

Once breast augmentation is done you will need to go for a MRI scan three years afterwards and then every two years after that. If the shape of your breasts change you may need to have new implants inserted. Plus if you are planning on breast feeding implants can make this more difficult.

As with any surgical procedure a breast augmentation does have its risks including:

  • Breast pain
  • Sensitive breasts or nipples
  • Scars
  • Scar tissue that becomes hard
  • Bleeding
  • Infections
  • Leaking of the implants

You may have heard horror stories of implants that leak and it is those made from silicone that poses more of a health risk. If a saline implant leaks then your body will absorb the salt water with no major issues. Plus when it deflates you will know that something is wrong, with silicone implants there is often no sign to indicate that they have leaked.

As you can see, there is a lot to think about before deciding whether breast augmentation is for you or not. You may also want to look at natural alternatives as well such as the one we discuss in this post: Natural Breast Enhancement Techniques

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