Breast implants are silicone or saline-filled shells placed under the breast tissue to increase the size and projection of your breasts.
Implants are shaped like an ellipse, a teardrop, an ovoid, or round, or can be custom shapes. The implant is then inserted through a small incision, usually in the armpit.
After surgery, you will need to wear a surgical support bra for 4-6 weeks.
How Does Breast Augmentation Actually Work?
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 1 to 2 hours.
The breast implant is inserted through an incision in the breast fold (underneath the breast) or armpit. The skin and muscles are gently lifted up under the breast. The implant is then placed inside the breast tissue (submuscular).
Most women who get implants want them to feel natural, and it’s important for women to pick an implant that matches their desired look and fits their body type.
To know which type of implant will fit best, a surgeon will take your measurements and body type into account, as well as your desired size.
One of the most common mistakes women make when picking an implant is choosing too small of an implant. This would result in a smaller than the desired size after surgery.
Another factor that plays into selecting the proper implant size, shape, and profile is breast width (fullness). Your breast width can influence the amount of cleavage desired post-operatively and needs to be addressed at the time of consultation.
Choosing a Doctor for Your Plastic Surgery Procedure
A board-certified plastic surgeon is the best candidate to deliver a natural, beautiful result.
Plastic surgeons must complete a minimum of 5 years of general surgery and 3 years of plastic surgery to earn board certification. They are also the only professionals who can offer medicines for your procedure.
Breast augmentation is not typically covered by health insurance plans as it is not deemed a medically necessary procedure, but as long as your procedure was performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon you should get the result you would like.
There are many doctors and surgeons who can perform the procedure for you, start your search by looking for breast implants in Scottsdale, AZ for example or the city closest to you.
Things to Keep in Mind After Your Plastic Surgery Treatment Has Been Completed
It takes about 6 weeks for the implants to settle and become stable.
This means that the implants won’t immediately look or feel exactly how they will after fully healing. You will likely need to wait 6 months to a year to get the final result you see in your head after initial breast augmentation surgery.
You may experience some swelling and bruising, especially in the first week. The final size of your breasts will not be apparent for at least 3-4 months.
If you have capsular contracture, you may have some hardening of your breasts due to a scar around the implant. This can often be fixed by revision surgery (removal of implant and replacement).