Breast augmentation (AKA Augmentation Mammoplasty or “Boob-Job”), is a popular surgery for adjusting the texture, size, and/or shape of a woman’s breasts. Depending on the needs of the procedure, breast augmentation also works for men as well as women. It is a highly rejuvenating process that lines up to your desired shape. However, before going in for a boob-job, there are a few things to know in order to fully prepare for the procedure.
How it Works
A Boob-job is the process of using either breast implants or natural fat to reshape a woman’s breast. It can make breasts appear larger, smaller, or in a different position. The procedure normally takes about 1-2 hours to complete. It starts with by applying anesthesia, multiple incisions (depending on the type of the adjustment), making the adjustment (which may include either inserting or removing implants or fat) and then finally closing the incision.
Breast augmentation offers more than just cosmetic benefits. It can also be used to increase a woman’s health and balance. Back-pain can be relieved through either enlarging or reducing the breasts. Also, studies have shown that women satisfied with their breast augmentation have a more enjoyable sex-life.
Types of Breast Augmentation
When it comes to breast implants, there are two types for the procedure: silicone and saline. Silicone implants contain a plastic gel, while saline is filled with sterile salt water. Another option for breast enlargements is through fat transferal.
Doctor Gartner will first consult you in order to see if you are eligible for breast augmentation. If you are, then he will advise you on the proper medical and physical preparations. Certain medications will have to be avoided, while others might be prescribed. It is important to schedule your ride home from the surgery, since you may not be physically capable of driving that day. You should also plan out the next few weeks post surgery so that your daily tasks will not hurt your recovery.
The Recovery Process
During the beginning of the recovery time, be sure not to do any physically taxing activities (i.e. heavy lifting). There will likely be swelling in the area that was operated on, however that will pass in the recovery time. You will likely need to wear a surgical bra during the healing process. This bra will help reduce the swelling. You may also require drainage tubes for the beginning healing process, but those will be removed in merely a few days. Generally the full recovery period lasts up to 6 weeks. You will be able to resume your regular activities a few days at a time.