Frequently asked questions about Breast Augmentation

If you or a loved one are thinking about having breast augmentation surgery, you are bound to have some questions. The best person to answer all your questions to would be your cosmetic surgeon, however, the following are some of the more frequently asked questions asked at cosmetic clinic and should set your mind at ease.

What is a Breast Implant?

Breast augmentation with the purpose of enhancing the size or shape of the breasts uses a specifically designed breast implant. The implant is a silicone shell that is filled with either a saline solution or a cohesive silicone gel. The different types of implants available are anatomically shaped, conventional silicone gel or saline filled. Your surgeon will help you decide which is the best option for you.

For What Reasons Could I Have a Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction is a type of breast augmentation that is specifically designed for women who have excessively large, or sagging breasts. Large breasts can cause a multitude of both psychological and physical issues; such as neck, shoulder and back ache, breathing problems, skin irritations, skeletal deformities, and they can make a woman feel self-conscious and thus limit her in how she lives her life. If you suffer from any of the above, a breast reduction could help you achieve your aesthetic goals with breast augmentation.

When is a Breast Lift necessary?

A plethora of factors, like pregnancy, weight loss, breast-feeding, and gravity over time can make a woman’s breasts change shape so that they are saggy or different sizes or firmness. A breast lift can help by making the breasts the same size, shape and firmness so that the breasts appear more aesthetically pleasing and youthful.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From Breast Augmentation?

How long it takes to recover from breast augmentation, will depend on what procedure was performed, the extent of the procedure and your specific case. However, generally it takes around two weeks to recover from breast augmentation surgery.

What Anaesthesia Will be Used?

The anaesthesia used for your breast augmentation will depend on your case, although usually general anaesthetic is used. Your surgeon will discuss your options with you before the procedure and together you will decide on what would be best for your case.

Are There Any Risks Involved With a Breast Augmentation?

All surgical procedures involve some risk. At your consultation for your breast augmentation your surgeon will discuss these possible risks and complications in depth. As with all surgeries, there is always a risk of an adverse reaction to the anaesthesia. Complications are rare, however there is the possibility of infection, which could cause the scars to widen. To avoid this, follow your surgeon’s instructions closely, and make sure that you are fit and healthy before the surgery.

There is a risk of losing sensation in the breasts or nipples with breast augmentation. There is also the risk that breast-feeding won’t be possible or will be difficult after a breast augmentation. It is thus advisable that you wait until you don’t plan on having more children before you have breast augmentation surgery.


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