Have you been contemplating breast augmentation to enhance the look, fullness, and contour of your breasts? Look no further because we’ve created this ultimate guide that will provide you with all of the information you need about the procedure. We’ll address all of your concerns, from the first consultation to post-operative recuperation to commonly asked questions, so you feel at ease before having breast augmentation surgery. Let’s get started…
Reasons Why People Get Breast Augmentation Surgery
First things first: why do individuals have breast augmentation surgery? A woman may choose to get breast augmentation to improve the size and appearance of her breasts for a number of reasons, most of which are apparent.
The decision to get breast implants is often made by women for aesthetic reasons. Other women decide on breast augmentation to enhance symmetry as well as reducing size discrepancies between their breasts, especially when one breast is noticeably bigger than the other. These factors make breast augmentation the most common cosmetic surgery operation, performed on approximately 287,085 women annually.
What To Anticipate During Your First Consultation Appointment
The process always starts with a consultation with your surgeon. You will discuss your reasons for obtaining breast implants, as well as your unique requirements, concerns, and expectations, with Dr. Gartner during the appointment.
You’ll go into further depth about the exact body areas you’d want to enhance, such as nipple size reduction or increased breast volume, for example.
Dr. Gartner will also have you “try on” several implant sizes during your appointment. Bring a change of clothes, such as your favorite attire, a bra, a shirt, or a top, so you may try on various implant sizes.
It’s important to remember that the consultation is a great time to discuss your concerns and ask any questions that you may have. The ideal time to prepare those questions to ask the doctor is while you’re waiting for your consultation date. You should also talk to Dr. Gartner about your medical background and your future goals as well. We will also want to make sure you are in good enough health to undergo breast augmentation surgery in particular.
After examining you, Dr. Gartner will go through the suggested surgical technique and assist you in selecting the right implant type. Surgery will then be booked for the appropriate date after that.
What Kinds Of Implant Options Are There?
Now that we’ve gone over what you can expect during the initial consultation, let’s go into more detail about the type of implants that are available. We provide two types of widely used breast implant options: silicone and saline.
Both approaches give women who wish to improve volume and form options that are safe, natural in both appearance and sensation, and do not compromise their natural bodies.
Simply put, empty silicone shells known as saline breast implants are put into the breasts and then filled with a sterile, safe saline water solution. Saline implants are less likely to produce scars since smaller incisions are possible.
Since the FDA does not permit silicone for use in women under the age of 22, saline implants are also advised for those between the ages of 18 and 22.
Saline may provide realistic-looking, natural-looking breasts, yet anecdotally, it’s often said that silicone implants are the most lifelike. Another advantage is that patients will be aware right away if the implant ruptures because the breast deflates. The patient will then be aware of the need to replace their implant right away and call their physician.
Because silicone is seen to have a more realistic appearance and feel than the other two alternatives, it is the more popular option.
Saline costs a little less than silicone as well. Compared to saline implants, silicone implants must be placed entirely inside the body and need longer incisions, which results in greater scarring.
Women must also be at least 22 years old, according to FDA rules, before obtaining these implants.
Modern implants are referred to as “gummy bear” implants because their gel is self-cohesive and semi-firm like a gummy bear candy. They are safer than earlier silicone versions because, in the event of a rupture, the silicone will attach to itself and not seep into the breast tissue around it. That said, silicone implant ruptures are harder to detect than saline implant ruptures, which are easily identified by a deflated breast.
What Is The Lifespan Of Breast Implants?
The materials used to make today’s breast implants are tougher and safer, allowing them to endure longer than before. Breast implants are not, however, regarded as “lifetime devices” by the FDA. Breast implants are supposed to endure for at least ten years on average.
There is no “shelf date” or expiry date for breast implants itself. The biggest issue with aged implants is often their propensity to burst over time. But as we said, safer materials are utilized in today’s implants to reduce the negative consequences of ruptures.
Depending on their age, the majority of women who have breast augmentation surgery will need at least one revision procedure in their lifetime.
How To Choose Which Size Of Breast Implants Will Be Best For You
In order for you to test out various implant sizes, Dr. Gartner will provide you with different sized implants that fit what you’re looking for in order to determine which one you like the best for your body type. Then, depending on your body type, he will discuss with you reasonable expectations and outcomes. Every patient has to be aware that since everybody is unique, certain breast enlargement objectives may not be feasible.
Is It Possible To Get A Breast Augmentation Without Implants?
This is a very common question due to the fact that some people don’t want to get implants but still want an augmentation. By performing “fat grafting,” it is possible to increase breast size without implants. Liposuction is used in fat transfer augmentation to remove fat from your thighs, buttocks, or sides and inject it into your breasts. After being extracted from your body, the fat is cleansed before being injected to enlarge your breast. If this is an option that you are considering, make sure to bring it up with your surgeon at your consultation if it is something that interests you. He will be able to tell you whether or not you are considered a candidate for the procedure in question.
What Does An Awake Breast Augmentation Feel Like?
Some patients may just want to be fully asleep throughout surgery, which is possible with general anesthesia. However, some patients may not want to get general anesthesia and opt for the awake breast augmentation technique; which Dr. Gartner is one of the only surgeons who specializes in this technique. Only a patient’s brainstem is awake enough to enable independent breathing. This is why awake breast augmentation is favored – it’s safer for the patient and doesn’t need breathing tubes.
This kind of sedation is far safer for you and makes the recovery process much easier on the body. Patients’ fears and anxiety are also eased by this type of sedation. In short, lidocaine injections are utilized to numb your breasts where the incisions will be made in addition to the sedative’s relaxing effects. If you’ve ever had a dental filling, you are well aware of the numbing properties of lidocaine injections. Furthermore, when you “wake up” from your sedation, your breasts will briefly remain numb, preventing you from experiencing discomfort.
How Long Does The Healing Process Take After Breast Augmentation Surgery?
In most cases, the breasts’ surgical wounds will finish healing and recovering after 6 to 8 weeks. Dr. Gartner will provide you with guidance throughout this time so that your recovery goes well. Your breasts will be entirely recovered after eight weeks. But it will take a few more months for the implants to settle and give you your ultimate results. The “drop and fluff” phenomena describes this. The implants “drop” and “set” into place in about 6 to 8 weeks, and they “fluff” in the subsequent months, expanding the surrounding tissue to provide further fullness.
What Can I Do To Ensure A Successful Post-Operative Recovery?
As we’ve mentioned, about 6 to 8 weeks will pass as you heal. It’s stated that the crucial weeks of your recuperation are the first two.
It’s crucial that you delay taking a shower for a few days after surgery. This prevents your surgical tape and sutures from becoming moist and potentially opening.
You should also refrain from any activity that can cause your breasts to move while you’re recovering. Walking is considered to be a mild kind of exercise. But during this period, you must not raise any weights or other things above your head. Your wounds won’t be able to withstand excessive stretching while they’re healing since they’ll be too delicate.
Learn More About Breast Augmentation Surgery In New Jersey
Plastic surgeon Dr. Gartner is a highly skilled surgeon who has worked extensively in the field of breast augmentation over the course of his career. We are aware that you might still have some inquiries regarding the breast augmentation procedure, which is why we encourage you to get in touch with our practice so that you can have a conversation with one of our specialists. After that, they will make an appointment for you to meet with Dr. Gartner for a consultation, during which you will have the opportunity to go through your very own surgery plans. You can get in touch with us right away by giving us a call or submitting a contact form.