Most patients have heard of breast augmentation at some point. It is a very popular procedure that is often used to help women achieve a larger, rounder and ampler breast shape and size. Patients in Australia may consider breast augmentation if they feel their chest is disproportionate or asymmetrical to their body shape or side. Breast implants can help to improve a patient’s body image and boost self-esteem. The procedure can help accentuate the feminine figure and enhance the body’s natural contours.
When planning a breast augmentation surgery, patients often focus on the final results and physical enhancements. While this is, of course, a critical aspect of the procedure, it is also important to ask questions and properly prepare for the post-surgery period, as well. Breast augmentation after care should be taken very seriously, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about any necessary lifestyle changes you may need to consider.
Scheduling a consultation with a plastic surgery expert can help you understand the breast augmentation procedure, as well as what you can expect during the recovery time. This can also help to determine your eligibility and allow you an opportunity to ask any questions and discuss risks or potential side effects.
In Australia, breast implants are held to a high medical standard, so be sure to ask your surgeon what type of devices they use. Medical devices should follow TGA standards, which a high-quality facility should be happy to confirm.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
In the first appointments leading up to your procedure, patients will be able to explore the options for breast augmentation surgery. The right implants for you can depend on your aesthetic goals, body shape, current lifestyle and potential changes. You’ll be able to explore the different sizes, shapes, brands and materials to help narrow down a choice that you’ll be happy with for years to come.
After choosing the unique breast implants you’ll be having placed during breast augmentation surgery, your surgeon will recommend the best surgical approach. Traditionally, breast implants are inserted through inframammary incisions, which means the opening is made along the contour of the breast tissue. Our surgeons work carefully to reduce visible scarring by blending the incision with the natural folds of the breast. There are other options to consider, however, if you are worried about scarring or other medical concerns. Once decided, your surgeon will walk you through the process and help you get prepared for the day of surgery.
You’ll also have to decide where to get the implants placed within the breasts. This can depend on the final result, available skin and future plans.
If you are considering breastfeeding in the future, for example, you may benefit from a submuscular placement. This option may prolong recovery time, however, and generally might cause more discomfort. It generally provides the most natural-looking results, though! The other option is subgladular, which sits about the pectoral muscle and directly beneath the breast tissue.
The downside of this option is increased visibility of the implants since it is closer to the surface of the skin. If you’re lacking upper breast fat, this might help encourage a fuller bust, as well.
Since most patients are under general anaesthesia for breast surgery, this is often the fastest and least memorable part. Some patients may have the implants placed under local anaesthetic, which means they are awake for the procedure, but careful consideration is used to determine when this is recommended.
Recovery After Breast Surgery
It’s recommended that patients start preparing for their recovery before their surgery. Plan to have someone available to help you around the house and consider setting up your home by placing items on shelves in a place where they can easily be reached without strain. Stock up on pillows and comfort foods and fill any prescriptions your surgeon writes the day before breast surgery. Some patients may not be sure what to expect after breast augmentation surgery, so be sure to talk to your consultant or surgeon about any specific concerns you may have.
The first few days, breast augmentation after care will mostly require resting. Patients will be advised to sleep on their back – use pillows, if necessary! – to reduce swelling or risk of fluid build-up. This can prolong swelling, which can delay the healing process. Lifting your arms above your head and exerting physical strength or activity should also be avoided in the first few days and until cleared by your surgeon. Patients can use ice to help alleviate inflammation and potentially speed along the recovery. Compression garments are typically also prescribed to ensure the breasts heal as desired.
Generally, patients will see improvements in the swelling, bruising and discomfort after the first week. This should continue to improve over the next few months, as the breast begin to “drop” and settle into the restructured breast tissue. It’s important to remember that after care is still required at this time, even if your incisions are healed. Most patients will still have some build up and swelling for up to eight months, so avoiding unnecessary stress, pressure or strain on the area will likely be advised. You’ll have to discuss exercise with your surgeon to ensure you don’t perform any activities that could increase your risk of negative side effects.
Help With Breast Augmentation After Care
Looking for a reliable plastic surgeon that will be with you throughout your entire breast surgery – including after care? At Refine Cosmetic Clinic, our breast surgeon, Dr Ron Paul Bezic is a leading physician in his field and has plenty of satisfied patients who still check-in, even years after their procedure!
Call us today at (02) 8188 3775 to schedule a complimentary consultation at our facility, located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.