Maintaining the Results of Your Breast Augmentation
Aug 20, 2013 - 6:06:11 PM
During breast augmentation surgery, small breast are enlarged with saline or silicone breast implants. Patients are administered general anesthesia for the surgical procedure, which typically lasts thirty minutes to one and one half hours.
Incisions are made within the creases of the axillary (armpit) or the folds under the breasts. The implants are then placed beneath the breast tissue and chest muscle. Implants may be placed above the muscle in special cases, but the preference for most plastic surgeons remains that implants below the muscle have a more natural appeal and are less likely to cause rippling or interfere with mammograms.
Breast augmentation recovery time is relatively fast, adding to its popularity. Most patients are able to return to work or normal activity in about a week, sometimes two.
Each procedure is unique, as no two women are the same. Many women elect to undergo breast augmentation to increase the size of their breasts for aesthetic preference. In many cases, though less publicized, women may have uneven breasts. A breast surgery may entail greater augmentation of one breast than the other. Separate procedures may also be performed on the two breasts in any combination of breast augmentation, breast lift, and even breast reduction.
No matter what the circumstances of the surgery were, maintenance is important. Proper care of the implants will help prevent the need for revision. Women should follow these instructions to get the most out of their results:
Follow breast augmentation recovery time guidelines. Although many patients begin to feel back to normal after a few days, it is imperative that they not return to work earlier than they are ready to. Most resume normal daily activity in about a week, but other may need longer. This is especially true for women with a physical job or lifestyle. Allowing sufficient time to heal with ensure an optimal outcome from the start.
Ease back into exercise. Exercise can be resumed after four week following breast augmentation surgery. When returning to activities, such as running, walking at first and then slowly increasing the intensity of the work out will make the process easier. Implants placed under the muscles will make it difficult to perform certain exercises at first. Body builders and athletes should make their plastic surgeon aware of their hobby, or profession, so he or she will place the implants above the chest muscles to prevent shifting.
Before dental work, pre-medicate with antibiotics. Plague and bacteria found in the gums may be released into the bloodstream. Patients with implants may have a greater risk of contracting a related infection in the breasts. Antibiotics prior to dental procedures can help prevent this.
Moisturize. The skin of the chest and breasts require moisture to remain healthy, just as the skin on the rest of the face and body does. Healthy skin has better elasticity and will remain looking full and lifted.
Massage the breasts. Breast augmentation patients can prevent implant hardening and capsular contractures by regularly pushing the implants in all directing several times, and holding it in place for a few seconds with gentle pressure. These compression exercises promote circulation.
Receive mammograms regularly. All women should undergo breast screenings. Patients with breast implants must be particularly vigilant about mammograms. The procedure will help alleviate any concerns about cancer. Although some implants may obscure mammogram images, the exam is still considered an effective tool for detecting breast cancer among women with implants.
A final consideration for women in preserving the appearance of their augmented breasts is weight control. Significant fluctuation in weight will affect augmented breast, just as it would in natural breasts. For this reason, women planning on becoming pregnant in the future may wait until after giving birth to undergo breast augmentation surgery.
Dr. Bitar is a board certified plastic surgeon. He has performed over thousands of plastic surgery procedures on the face and body, including breast augmentation, breast implant removal, breast lift, and breast reduction. His practice, Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute, is located in Fairfax, VA. He also maintains an office at Prince William Hospital Health Center in Manassas, VA. Visit http://www.bitarinstitute.com/
Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute
3023 Hamaker Ct #109, Fairfax, VA
Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute
8650 Sudley Rd #203, Manassas, VA 20110
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