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Breast Augmentation 101

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure that improves the size and shape of your breasts by adding a natural-looking implant or fat transfer. This is a popular option for women who are dissatisfied with their breast size and would like to have a more full, shaped bust. It can also be helpful for women who are at a stable weight and want to achieve a more feminine silhouette.

Before undergoing this procedure, it’s important to find a board certified plastic surgeon who has the experience and qualifications necessary to create optimal results while ensuring patient safety and health. Make sure to ask for credentials, research the doctor’s reputation, and check their before and after photos.

Your cosmetic surgeon will be able to explain all of the risks and complications associated with breast augmentation, as well as recommend the best implants for your specific needs. They will also be able to tell you how long your implants will last and answer any questions you may have about their durability and longevity.

The implantation of breast implants is an outpatient procedure performed under local or general anesthesia. You will likely go home the same day, although you might stay at the hospital overnight if you have significant swelling or bruising after your procedure.

You’ll need to wear a compression bandage over the top of your breasts, which will help control swelling and pain. Your surgeon might prescribe pain medication to help you with this. It’s also a good idea to wear a bra to support your breasts while they heal, so our doctors will provide advice about the best bra type for you to wear after your procedure.

A bra with a low back and straps is recommended, especially after surgery to prevent any slipping of the breast implant. This bra can help keep the implant in place, reduce swelling and bruising, and facilitate your new breast shape.

When it comes to the implant itself, there are two types of implants: saline and silicone gel-filled. Both are FDA-approved and have lifetime warranties for leakage, but saline implants can be more comfortable.

They’re also less likely to rupture, which can occur with some textured breast implants. However, if you are worried about the risk of rupture, it’s best to discuss this with your doctor before you undergo breast augmentation.

The insertion of implants involves a short incision made in the crease underneath your breast, called an inframammary fold. This incision is hidden within the crease and can be placed at either of the inframammary folds or on the outer edge of your areola (peri-areolar).

Your surgeon will decide on the incision placement based on your body shape, cosmetic goals, and other factors. They will be able to choose an incision type that provides the most natural appearance, while also providing the best access for placement of the implants.

Some surgeons will use a smaller incision called an inframammary fold, while others will choose the larger peri-areolar incision. This incision allows them to place larger implants with precision and is often used when doing a breast lift along with breast augmentation.

If you need breast implants or considering breast augmentation in Phoenix, Scottsdale or the Chandler, AZ areas contact Ciao Bella Cosmetic Surgery today

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