Breast augmentation can significantly enhance appearance and boost self-esteem. It is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries, and more women are opting for this type of enhancement than ever before. Here’s what you need to know.
Michael J. Streitmann, M.D., a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon , offers breast augmentation for those looking to enhance appearance and boost self-esteem. To learn more, give us a call at 713-667-4600 or send us an email at email@example.com.
Breast augmentation is the process of using implants to create fuller, larger breasts. This procedure can be done purely for cosmetic reasons, or it can be done to replace volume lost after pregnancy or substantial weight loss. Finally, breast augmentation can be done after a mastectomy to rebuild the shape and look of the breast.
Essentially, breast augmentation can help you:
Dr. Michael J. Streitmann works with you to figure out your unique expectations and desired outcome in terms of the shape and size of your breasts after breast augmentation. After considering your unique expectations and desired outcome, as well as your breast anatomy, body type, and skin elasticity, he’ll help you choose what you need.
There are two primary types of implants: saline and silicone. Your doctor will go over the differences between the two types to help you make an informed decision about which type is right for you.
Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water using varying amount of saline. Your doctor can adjust the amount of saline solution to accommodate your preferences with regards to shape, feel and firmness.
Silicone implants provide a closer resemblance to real breast tissue, but they tend to be more expensive than the saline variety. The FDA has approved silicone implants for those aged 22 and over, compared with 18 and over for saline implants.
First, you’ll be placed under general anesthesia, so you won’t feel a thing while your doctor works; you won’t even be awake for the procedure. Depending on you and your doctor’s preferences, as well as the amount of augmentation you desire, your surgeon will make a small incision either under your armpit, along the bottom crease of your breast or around your nipple.
Your doctor will then insert the implant either under or over the pectoral (chest) muscle, again depending on the results you are trying to achieve. Once the implants are in place, the final step is to close up the incisions and bring you out of the anesthesia.
After the breast augmentation is performed, the results are immediately visible. However, you’ll likely experience some pain and discomfort for the first few weeks after your surgery, and your doctor will likely prescribe you something to help with the pain. Your doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic to help stave off infection, and it is important that you take this medication exactly as directed.
While you are recovering, try to stay as active as you can to prevent blood clots from forming. You should take care to avoid sudden movements and raising your arms above your shoulders. After the first week or two, you should be able to return to work, assuming your job does not require strenuous physical labor.
After two weeks, your doctor can remove your stitches, if he or she did not use stitches that dissolve. This variety will go away on its own after about six weeks. Depending on your body’s ability to heal, you can expect to be feeling back to your usual self in about three to six weeks following your surgery.
By increasing the volume and fullness of your breasts, a breast augmentation can help you find new confidence in your body along with improved self-esteem. It can also help you feel more like yourself again following a pregnancy or mastectomy. Finally, breast augmentation can help you bring your body into proportion, particularly if you are especially curvy on the bottom half.
To keep your new breasts looking great, it is important to give them adequate support. Due to swelling after your surgery, the implants will continue to move and settle for about 12 weeks, so it is best to wait until after the swelling has subsided to buy new bras. Look for a bra that is sturdy and supportive, and invest in a quality sports bra as well, as aerobic activity and the bounce it causes are some of the primary factors in leading to breast sagging.
You should also begin a practice of daily massage for your breasts. It’s easy to do this in the shower each morning and will help your breasts move more like natural breast tissue.
Breast augmentation involves using implants to fulfill your desire for fuller, larger breasts, whether you simply want to enhance your appearance or you’ve recently lost volume due to pregnancy or weight reduction. Essentially, breast augmentation can help you:
Take the time to find a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who performs cosmetic surgery that you can trust. A reputable cosmetic surgeon in Houston should be able to provide breast augmentation before and after photos so that you can see samples of their work. Here at Houston Plastic Surgery, we can help you achieve the breasts you’ve always dreamed of. Call today to schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors.
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