EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BREAST AUGMENTATION

As I have mentioned before, breast augmentation is a highly requested procedure at my Pretoria practice and one that has been giving my patients consistently beautiful and sometimes life-changing results.

This month, my newsletter will be about the lesser known facts about breast augmentation. I will discuss scars, different kinds of implants and will give plenty of interesting info worth knowing before embarking onto your breast augmentation journey!

 

WHAT MY PATIENTS WANT TO KNOW

 

Will breast augmentation help me to achieve a cleavage?

If you have very little body fat and naturally wide set breasts, it may not be possible for you to achieve a cleavage but I will be able to tell your chances of achieving a natural looking cleavage by assessing your breasts.

 

When can I go back to work?

Depending on what type of work you do, you can go back to work as early as a week after surgery. If you have a more physical job, you should wait longer until you feel comfortable before returning to work.

Overall, it’s best to avoid any strenuous activities or sport for 6 weeks after your augmentation. Remember the body takes time to heal, and aftercare is important for your final result.

 

Who is not eligible for breast implants?
Contraindications for breast implants include women who are currently pregnant or nursing, have an existing malignant or pre-malignant cancer of their breast without adequate treatment, or have an active infection anywhere in their bodies.

 

Should I be at my ideal weight before I get breast implants?
This is something not many people think of but indeed, you should be close to your ideal weight. A significant loss of weight after receiving breast implants could alter theresults in a manner that is not satisfactory to you.

There could be some ptosis (drooping) and a reduction in size. A significant gain in weight could cause an increase in breast size.

 

Will I have scars as a result of my breast surgery?
While the scar is one of the most talked about concerns before surgery, it turns out to have the least amount of concern after the breast augmentation. With good post-operative scar management, your scar will hardly be noticeable, no matter the location. You will have stitches under the breast where the skin is cut for the implants to be inserted. Over time, any initial scarring should fade to a thin white line.

 

UNDER OR OVER THE MUSCLE

What is the difference?

There are pros and cons for both going over the muscle and under the muscle in breast augmentation.

 

 

IMPLANTS INSERTED UNDER THE MUSCLE

  • More natural look
  • Less visible implant up top ( the superior edge)
  • Possible lower risk of capsular contracture (breast implant hardening)
  • Lower risk of implant bottoming out
  • More painful in the first few days postoperatively
  • May take longer for breasts to settle down to their final position and shape

 

IMPLANTS INSERTED OVER THE MUSCLE

  • Less painful
  • Quicker recovery
  • Final size and shape seen earlier
  • Higher risk of capsular contracture
  • Higher risk of implant bottoming out
  • Implant may be more visible (called rippling)
  • Implant may easier to feel
  • Rippling  may be more visible if you do not have much breast tissue

SILICONE VS. SALINE

Which implants are best?

I personally prefer silicone implants to saline implants primarily because I seek to create natural appearing breast augmentation results. Silicone implants simply look and feel more natural than saline implants.

Any type of implant can exhibit rippling of the overlying skin, but it is true that saline implants are more likely to do so. Current-day silicone implants also have the lowest rate of developing scar tissue around them, which is called capsular contracture.

I hope you enjoyed this newsletter and remember to visit my website for more info on all the procedures I perform!

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