Breast augmentation is one of the more customizable plastic surgery procedures because of the multiple options available in breast implants, and the choices for incisions and implant placement positions. For a new patient, it is important to learn the basics about breast augmentation cosmetic surgery.
As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Hisham Seify explains various aspects of the procedure to his patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding communities. Here is a list of FAQ to help address some of the common queries and concerns of patients with regard to this procedure.
Is breast augmentation a safe procedure?
Breast augmentation is a highly safe procedure, as long as it is performed by a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon. With advanced FDA-approved qualities in breast implants and improvised surgical techniques, the procedure has achieved a very high safety record and wide acceptance among patients.
What happens during a breast augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation plastic surgery will typically be performed using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The patient will not feel any pain during the procedure. The surgeon will make a discreet incision to create a breast cavity for the placement of the breast implant. The implant will be inserted through the incision and adjusted into its position. The incisions will finally be closed with sutures or skin adhesive.
Who should choose breast augmentation procedure?
Women who are dissatisfied with the smaller size of their breasts, or those who have suffered loss of breast tissue due to an injury or a mastectomy may opt for this cosmetic surgery procedure. Candidates should have a positive outlook, clear aesthetic goals, and realistic expectations from the procedure.
Where will the procedure be performed?
The plastic surgeon may perform breast augmentation as an outpatient procedure. The surgery could take place at a surgical suite, surgery center or a hospital facility. Dr. Seify performs this procedure for his patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding communities.
How long does it take to perform the surgery?
The duration of a typical breast augmentation surgery may be anywhere between one and three hours. If the procedure is performed in conjunction with another surgery such as a breast lift, the total time taken will increase.
How to choose the right type of breast implants?
The FDA has given its approval for both saline and silicone implants for breast enhancement. Patients can make a careful choice of implants in close consultation with their surgeon. Appropriate size, shape, profile, and texture should also be chosen to achieve best aesthetic outcomes.
How much time will it take for the recovery?
Most patients will be in a position to go back to work within a week or 10 days after the surgery. Strenuous exercises and heavy lifting should be avoided for four to six weeks. Surgeon’s instructions during the post-op phase should be followed carefully.
Are the results of breast augmentation permanent?
Breast augmentation results are usually long lasting, but may not be permanent. Most of the patients may need a replacement of implants at least once in their lifetime. However, with a breast revision procedure, patients can continue to enjoy an extended benefit of implants.