Breast augmentations are one of the most popular procedures available. It offers women the chance to alter their appearance if they feel something needs changing. Sometimes women can feel that their breasts are too small, particularly after a pregnancy or a significant weight loss. A breast augmentation involves putting an artificial implant either under the breast tissue, or sometimes, under the chest muscle behind the breast. Whilst it is a popular and now common procedure it is important to think your decision through thoroughly before undergoing surgery. We’ve compiled some helpful tips so that you can make an informed decision.
Preparing for your operation
If you’re thinking about having a breast augmentation then it is important to have a healthy and communicative relationship with your doctor, both before and after cosmetic surgery. They’ll be performing the procedure and guiding you through the process, so make sure you chose a doctor you are happy with. They will then explain how you should prepare for your surgery.
Your augmentation will take place under general anaesthetic, which means you’ll be asleep during your surgery. You’ll also be asked to fast about six hours before your surgery, so no eating or drinking, your surgeon will be able to tell you the exact time. Some operations can take place in just one day, others might see you staying overnight. Each person is different, so your needs will be assessed individually.
Before you go in for your operation be sure to ask any questions you may have. You
may experience some pain post-surgery, so it is important to have an open conversation with your doctor about managing pain and the best option available to you.
So that the most natural look can be achieved your doctor will want to measure your breasts and assess their shape, your skin and the position of your nipples. Your surgeon may also need to draw on your breasts to mark the operation site. A photograph will also be taken so that they can show you a clear ‘before and after’. This will show you how your body has changed, these images are treated as confidential.
What to expect after your surgery
After your surgery you will be feeling tired, so it is important to have a friend or relative take you home after. You’ll also be given pain killers as your anaesthetic wears off, this will help you to manage your pain and recover in an effective manner. Your stitches will be taken out after about a week. Depending on the type of stitches you have they should dissolve after about six weeks. You may need two weeks off work to recover, so make sure you make your employer aware of your surgical plans.
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