Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to increase the size of the breast and to enhance the self esteem as well as self confidence of the patient. In some cases this is needed for reconstructing the breast after breast cancer surgery or other conditions that affect the size and shape of the breast. If you are planning a plastic surgery, please consult a plastic surgeon and understand the details of the surgery and the possible risks and the follow up care and allied matters.
Benefits of breast augmentation
- For women who feel that their breast is too small and for some of them who has one breast smaller than the other, this surgery will be helpful to improve their appearance and personality.
- For women whose breast size has reduced after pregnancy this surgery has been found to be very useful.
- For women who have undergone breast surgery in connection with breast cancer or other conditions, this surgery is very useful.
- It improves the self confidence and self-image.
Risks of breast augmentation
Breast augmentation poses various risks, including
- Scar tissues caused in the surgery may distort the shape of the breast implant
- Pain in the breast
- Temporary changes in the sensation of the nipples and the breast
- Implant rupture or leakage
Preparation for breast implant
During your initial consultation with the plastic surgeon you can inform your preferences regarding size, overall appearance and feel of the implants. The surgeon will brief you regarding the types of implants and various shapes available and other options like surgical techniques to be used etc. Review the documentation very carefully and keep copies of all the documents and move forward confidently. Other facts which need your consideration are discussed below.
Implants do not stop sagging of breasts: If you are breasts are sagging, you may need to undergo a separate surgery for this purpose.
Implants do not last lifelong: Implants may burst and your breast may age. Factors like weight gain and or weight loss may change the shape of your breasts. Such issues can necessitate additional surgeries.
Complication may arise in mammograms: The mammograms after breast augmentation may be different looking. Additional mammograms will be required to for getting clear views.
MRI scans will be required: FDA has recommended taking MRI scan from the third year of breast implants to be followed in every two years.
Breast feeding may be hampered: For patients who have undergone breast implantation it will be difficult to successfully breast feed babies.
No insurance coverage: Breast implants or augmentation is not covered under insurance. Hence the entire cost for the surgery would have to be borne by the patient.