So are you a candidate?
You might want to consider a breast augmentation treatment if your breasts:
- Are naturally small or underdeveloped.
- Have lost volume or shape due to pregnancy, weight loss or ageing.
- Lack symmetry in size or shape.
- Failed to develop normally.
“It is important to note that breast augmentation cannot correct severely drooping breasts. Patients who would like perkier appearing breasts may want to consider a breast lift in conjunction with breast augmentation,” adds Dr Trelles.
The initial consultation
The first step to a breast augmentation is a consultation, which will comprise a discussion regarding your expectations, your overall health and your lifestyle. Your questions and concerns will be addressed during this consultation and you should be prepared to discuss: reasons for treatment, expectations, existing medical conditions including allergies, current medication and use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs, personal and family history and results of previous mammograms or biopsies.
“Additionally, your doctor may also need to evaluate your overall health and risk factors, discuss potential complications, examine and measure your breasts and photograph them for medical records,” says Dr Trelles.
Preparing for the procedure
Prior to your breast augmentation, the Vilafortuny team will give you instructions on what you will need to do before surgery. There are several steps you may need to take before your surgery including:
- Lab testing and/or medical evaluation.
- Mammogram before surgery to help detect any future changes in your breast tissue.
- Begin taking certain medications or adjust your current medications
- Stop smoking.
- Avoid taking any anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin.
- Arrange for transportation home after the procedure.
What to expect
“Vilafortuny performs breast augmentation on an outpatient basis,” notes Dr. Trelles. “We have plastic surgeons that are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. An ABPS board-certification requires advanced fellowship training and demonstrated expertise in plastic surgery.”
Dr Trelles further advises to expect the following:
Anaesthesia will be administered immediately prior to and during your procedure. Choices of anaesthesia include intravenous sedation and general anaesthesia – our plastic surgeons will recommend the best choice for you.
Several different types of surgical incisions can be used during breast augmentation, depending on factors such as the current size and shape of your breasts, breast implant size, type of breast implant, your preference and your surgeon’s preference.
Type of implants
You and your plastic surgeon will decide on this before your procedure. There are two types of breast implants: saline implants and silicone implants. Both come in different shapes and sizes, and each offers its own benefits.
Placement of implants
After the incision is made, the breast implant is inserted into a pocket either under or over the pectoral muscle. Placement will depend on the same factors that determine the type of incision used.
Once the breast implants have been placed and positioned, your incisions will be closed using layered sutures in the breast tissue, and sutures, skin adhesive, or surgical tape to close the skin. These incision lines will fade over time.
What to expect after
Your plastic surgeon will be available to address concerns and questions after the procedure and will provide written instructions regarding:
- Post-surgery care to follow at home.
- Prescriptions for medication.
- Follow-up appointments.
- Post-surgery mammogram.
- Submitting breast implant registry documents.
“After the procedure, your breasts will be bandaged to reduce swelling. You may experience some soreness during the first few days after surgery – pain medication can be prescribed to help ease these symptoms. Recovery time, meanwhile, varies: most women can return to work after one week, but strenuous physical activity is discouraged for the first two to three weeks following surgery. Even though scarring is inevitable, the incision lines will diminish over the next few months,” says Dr Trelles on what to expect after the procedure.
He adds: “There are risks associated with any type of surgery: bleeding, infection, adverse reaction to anaesthesia are rare, but they can happen. Following pre- and post-surgery instructions will help you to avoid any risks or complications.”
Costs associated with breast augmentation vary but generally include facility fees, anaesthesia fees, surgeon fees, breast implants, medication and testing. Costs will also be affected if the breast augmentation is performed along with another procedure, such as a breast lift or tummy tuck.
“While lower prices can be appealing, it is highly important that you receive breast augmentation from an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. This ensures your safety and high-quality results,” says Dr. Trelles.
Breast augmentation results are noticeable immediately after your surgery, and appearance will improve as you recover from your surgery. Once healed, most women experience improved confidence after breast augmentation.