Breast augmentation, commonly known as a boob job, is an invasive cosmetic procedure designed to improve the shape of the breasts. Breast augmentation is achieved by using either breast implants or, in some cases, by transferring fat from one part of the body to the breasts. Breast augmentation enhances the appearance of breasts, making them look fuller and perkier. Breast augmentation is performed by making incisions along the breast. The type of incision varies according to the cosmetic goals of the patient.
Immediately after the procedure, patients are likely to notice some swelling and bruising around the area where the surgery has been performed. Patients are required to wear gauze dressing and elastic bandages to help bring down the swelling. A support bra also helps in bringing down the swelling. Although breast augmentation is a fairly safe procedure, patients are closely monitored after the surgery in order to oversee any complications, should they arise.
Patients are allowed to go home barring any complications, generally, within an hour or so of the surgery. Post-operative instructions are to be followed very carefully. Any medications are to be taken as and when prescribed. A follow-up appointment is likely to be scheduled a week or two after the surgery. Patients may be asked to clean and maintain the incision sites in order to avoid infection. Support bands may need to be worn around the clock. Instructions for post-operative care vary from patient to patient.
Immediately after the surgery, the incision sites are at risk of bleeding. In order to avoid this, patients are recommended to refrain from taking part in rigorous activities, physical exertion or any activity that has a direct impact on the breasts. Patients may experience acute pain, but it will subside within a few days of the surgery. Soreness and swelling is likely to last for a few weeks until complete recovery has taken place. Patients can resume their activities gradually.
The results of the surgery are noticeable once complete healing has taken place. This might take a month or so, depending on the complexity of the procedure. Breast augmentation is fairly permanent, however, aging can affect the results. Weight fluctuations, hormones, and gravity can also affect the results of the surgery. A follow-up procedure may be required and additional procedures may be required to improve the contours of the breast.
Consultation for a breast augmentation
One of the most important aspects of a breast augmentation is the consultation before the surgery. It is important to discuss your cosmetic goals with your surgeon. The surgeon will then explain the different options in order to give you a clear idea about the procedure.
Make sure to discuss your medical history, drug allergies, and any previous medical procedures with your surgeon. Also, make sure that the procedure is performed under the guidance of a board-certified plastic surgeon in order to avoid any complications. Follow the pre-operative instructions given by your surgeon religiously. Refrain from smoking prior to the procedure.
Make an appointment with Dr. Lampert for your Breast Augmentation Consultation today.