Breast augmentation has been an indispensable part of plastic surgery for over 50 years. Currently, it ranks as the top plastic surgery procedure in the US, and it’s expanding its scope gradually in Europe and Africa.
While it could be achieved with different surgical methods, the overall techniques are designed to fit the specific needs of a patient.
The techniques/steps are:
- Consultation with the Surgeon
The patient would need to consult the surgeon basically to have a basic idea about the surgery process. The consultation will also involve sessions of question and answer, which would encompass the patient’s desires, her breast anatomy, and her genetics.
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Then, the surgical stage…
- Anesthesia or Sedation
The patient is placed under anesthesia immediately after he is brought into the surgery room. In most cases, General anesthesia is used to perform breast augmentation surgery over intravenous sedation — although it could be subject to the doctor’s recommendation at times.
The patient may experience some grogginess, revulsion, and other fallouts of anesthesia after the surgery. And it makes her unable to move freely, drive home, or perform some actions. It is safe for someone else to drive her home after surgery.
- The Incision
After anesthesia, the surgeon places incisions discreetly on inconspicuous areas to reduce clear scarring. Incision options are usually determined during a surgical consultation with the patient. The consultation places the surgeon on designing the surgery plan, which will help him ascertain the size and location of the incision. They could be in the armpit area [axillary incision], below the breast crease, around the areola fence [periareolar incision], or the navel area in most cases.
- Inserting the Implant
After the incision, the surgeon may decide to insert the breast implants in certain areas, according to the plan.
He could insert it:
- In front of the pectoral muscle behind the breast tissue.
- Just under the pectoral muscle. Also called “a submuscular placement”
The techniques for inserting and placing breast implants are determined by the surgeon after evaluating the implant size, the breast structure, the patient’s body size, and her cosmetic desires.
The result should be natural-looking, and less intrusive for the patient.
- Closing the Wounds
After a masterly placement of the implants into the breast pockets, the surgeon proceeds to close the wounds carefully with layered or removable sutures. Traditional sutures stay for about a week or 10 days before removal. They help in keeping the drain tubes which will be placed in the incision sites under the skin. The surgeon ensures that the tubes are kept dried to avoid infections.
With time, the incision lines will clear away, and the patient’s body will become smoother depending on her genetics.
- Surgical Bra
After the surgery, the patient will be given a unique surgical bra. The bra stays firm as the initial bandages are supplanted after a short time. She would have to wear it for some weeks till her breasts return to perfect condition.