Breast augmentation, sometimes referred to as “boob job“, involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts. This procedure can also restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, achieve a more rounded breast shape or improve natural breast size asymmetry.
Breast implants may also be used for breast reconstruction after mastectomy or injury.
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You may be a candidate for breast augmentation if:
- You are physically healthy and you aren’t pregnant or breastfeeding;
- Your breasts are fully developed;
- Your breasts are fully developed;
- Your breasts are asymmetrical.
Before & After
Step 1. Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2. The incision
Incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. You and your plastic surgeon will discuss which incision options are appropriate for your desired outcome.
Incisions vary based on the type of breast implant, degree of enlargement desired, your particular anatomy and patient-surgeon preference.
Step 3. Inserting and placing the breast implant
After the incision is made, a breast implant is inserted depending on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, your body type and your surgeon’s recommendations.
Step 4. Correcting a deviated septum
If the septum is deviated, it can be straightened, and the projections inside the nose can be reduced to improve breathing.
Step 5. Closing the incisions
Incisions are closed with layered sutures in the breast tissue and with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin.
Over time the incision lines will fade. The quality of scar depends on many things, including your genetics, exposure of your body to nicotine and infection.
Step 6. Results
The results of breast augmentation are immediately visible.
What are the Implant Filling types?
Saline, Silicone Gel, or Highly Cohesive Silicone “Gummy Bear” Implants. Neither is “best,” but there are some differences in cost, feel, and incision requirements that you need to consider. Your cosmetic surgeon will help you find the right implant type for you.
What are the different Shapes?
Saline & Silicone Gel implants are typically round, while gummy bear implants come in shaped and round options. Round implants will typically achieve a fuller upper pole (the top portion of your breast), while shaped implants lend a gently sloping look to your breast profile. Both can look very natural with a skilled cosmetic surgeon’s help.
How soon after surgery can I fly?
You will need to stay at home or near your surgeon for the first week of your breast implant recovery in case of complications. You will also need to be nearby for your follow-up appointments. That said, air travel in and of itself should not affect your body after the first 24 to 48 hours. Be on the safe side and run your air travel plans by your breast surgeon.
How soon can I go back to work after breast augmentation?
This depends on your job, your incision type, your implant placement, and how fast you heal. If you have a sedentary job, you can generally go back sooner than if your job is physically demanding. If you have had a lift, your breast lift recovery will make your overall recuperation more involved.
How long will healing take?
Most patients’ incisions heal in approximately 1-2 weeks.
When can I start jogging again after breast augmentation?
You need to be fully healed before you can start jogging again. Activities like jogging, jumping rope, basketball and horseback riding subject your breasts to a lot of up-and-down movements. Jumping without good support for your breasts can stretch your skin, ligaments, and connective tissue, causing sagging. Talk to your surgeon before you take part in any strenuous activity. And when you do start up again, wear a good support bra.