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Ultimate Guide to Breast Augmentation: What You Should Know

One of the most common cosmetic procedures performed all over the world, breast augmentation, has been instrumental in helping millions of women improve their self-image and confidence. During the time that you are contemplating this life-altering procedure, it is essential that you equip yourself with comprehensive knowledge. This includes having an understanding of the various types of implants that are available as well as the post-operative journey. Learn about all of this and more in our Ultimate Guide to Breast Augmentation.

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Understanding the Breast Augmentation Procedure

An augmentation mammoplasty, also known as breast augmentation, is a surgical procedure that involves the use of implants to increase the size and shape of the breasts. Although it has been around since the 1960s, the advancements in surgical techniques and implant technology have made it significantly safer and more effective than it was in the past.

Types of Breast Implants

Implants Made of Silicone Gel

Implants made of silicone gel are well-known for their natural surface feel and their stability. A cohesive gel is contained within a silicone shell that makes up their construction. It is necessary to perform routine MRI scans in order to monitor their integrity because they have the potential to cause silent rupture, despite the fact that they have a realistic texture.

Implants Made of Saline

After being inserted, saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. Once they are in place, they are filled with salt water. They are safe, and in the event that they rupture, the body is able to absorb the saline without any adverse effects. On the other hand, they are frequently criticized for having a feel that is less natural in comparison to silicone.

Cohesive Gel Implants Known as “Gummy Bear” Implants

A fairly recent innovation, “gummy bear” implants, are able to keep their shape even after being cut because of the highly cohesive silicone gel from which they are made. Despite the fact that they have a more natural appearance and a lower risk of leakage, they require a slightly longer incision in order to be inserted.

The Breast Augmentation Procedure

Consultation and Planning

Choosing a plastic surgeon who is qualified is of the utmost importance. Discuss your aesthetic goals in an open manner in order to determine the type and size of implant that are most suitable for you. It is the responsibility of your surgeon to examine your anatomy and make suggestions based on the structure of your body and the outcome you want to achieve.

The Procedure

It is common practice to perform breast augmentation as an outpatient procedure. Making incisions, inserting and positioning the implants, and then closing the incisions are all things that are involved in this process. Throughout the entire surgical procedure, anesthesia ensures both comfort and safety.

Recovery and Aftercare

Care following surgery is essential for a speedy and complete recovery. Managing discomfort, taking care of incisions, and avoiding strenuous activities are all part of this responsibility. While the majority of patients are able to resume their normal activities within a few weeks, a complete recovery typically takes several months.

Breast Augmentation Costs and Available Methods of Financing

Location, the level of expertise of the surgeon, and the type of implant all play a role in determining the cost of breast augmentation. National averages are in the range of $5,000 to $10,000. Financing plans are offered by a large number of clinics, and some medical credit cards are designed specifically for medical expenses, including those associated with cosmetic surgeries. Here at Southern Oklahoma Women’s Health, we recommend and accept Care Credit.

Risks and Possible Complications to Consider

Among the most common risks are infection, changes in nipple sensation, and the possibility of implant rupture or leakage. It is possible to reduce the likelihood of these risks by following the instructions for post-operative care and going to follow-up appointments. Breast Implant Illness (BII) is a contentious subject, and there is ongoing research being conducted to investigate its prevalence and associated effects.

Selecting the Right Breast Enhancement Surgeon

The Role of Credentials to Consider

Be certain that your plastic surgeon has the appropriate experience and credentials. For instance, Dr. Ramirez is affiliated with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Medical Association, the Minimally Invasive Surgery Association, and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.  Affiliations and certifications indicate that they have completed extensive training and adhere to high standards. Review the before and after galleries of their patients in order to evaluate their level of expertise and consistency.

Expectations Regarding Consultation

In preparation for your consultation, you should make a list of questions that covers topics from recovery protocols to surgical techniques. No question is off-limits; if it is something that causes you concern or you would simply like more information about it, be sure to ask. Establishing realistic expectations and a rapport with your surgeon are both benefits of a comprehensive consultation.

Steps to Take Before Getting Breast Augmentation Surgery

As part of the physical preparation, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and refrain from smoking and taking certain medications. Equally important is mental preparation, which includes having an understanding of the potential emotional impact that the procedure may have on you.

A Look at Life Following Breast Augmentation

Monitoring in the long term is necessary for implants. Checkups at regular intervals are highly recommended in order to evaluate the state of your implants and the overall health of your breasts. After having surgery, many women report feeling more satisfied with their body image and having higher levels of self-esteem.

Questions and Answers Regarding Breast Augmentation

Concerns regarding pain, the expected lifespan of implants, and their influence on breast health screenings are among the most frequently asked questions today. Your surgeon will provide you with expert advice that will address these considerations and tailor the information to your particular circumstances.

Final Thoughts

The purpose of this guide is to provide a comprehensive overview of breast augmentation, which is a decision that should only be made after gaining a thorough understanding of the procedure, particularly with regard to its advantages, disadvantages, and long-term considerations.

Learn About Your Personalized Options

Consider making an appointment with Dr. Ramirez for a consultation so that you can learn more about your choices. 

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