Breast augmentation, otherwise referred to as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that increases the size, shape and fullness of the breasts through implantation. This is a common and safe surgical procedure that is undergone by women across the world.
Who is a good candidate for this surgery?
In order to undergo a breast augmentation or implantation surgery, you need to be in good health. You should also have a complete understanding of what the procedure entails in order to have realistic expectations of its outcome. In terms of chest size and features, women with small breasts, asymmetrical breasts, drooping or sagging breasts from pregnancy or breastfeeding, and chest size/shape fluctuations due to weight loss are also ideal candidates for this surgery. Finally, women who have undergone a mastectomy to treat breast cancer can also benefit from a breast augmentation procedure. No matter what your reason for wanting this surgery, your life will change afterwards for the better with a resurgence of self-esteem.
However, if you suffer from heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, angina or an autoimmune disease, you may not be able to undergo a breast enhancement procedure. You must also be a non-smoker. If you do smoke, your doctor will ask that you quit at least two weeks before your surgery and remain smoke free while you heal.
Your surgeon will review your medical history in detail to establish your candidacy.
What does recovery from breast augmentation or implantation entail?
Your doctor will prescribe pain killers and, in some cases, antibiotics. Do not take anything that was not prescribed by or cleared by your doctor. In the days that follow your procedure, you may have trouble lifting your arms and find activities like hair washing taxing. Do not overexert yourself and instead spend the days following your surgery relaxing to give your body a chance to heal. Most people are able to return to work after 4-5 days post-surgery and can resume non-impact lower body exercises after about two weeks. High-impact, full-body exercises can be resumed after approximately six weeks.
Everyone heals at their own pace, but you should expect some swelling and soreness in the weeks following your surgery. This is completely normal and will subside over time. Once the swelling subsides, the tissue in the breast area will stretch to accommodate the implant and your breasts will appear natural.
What to look for in a surgeon
Although breast implantation/augmentation surgeries are routine procedures that are done daily, it’s important that you connect with your surgeon. You need to feel comfortable with them and know that you can trust them to answer your call in the middle of the night if necessary. Moreover, any surgeon who performs breast implantation of augmentation surgery must be board-certified and have specific experience in this type of surgery. The Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS) is the only recognized body of professional surgeons in Canada. If your surgeon of choice is not recognized by CSAPS, do not let them perform your breast augmentation surgery.
Here are three questions to ask your surgeon to get a sense of their training and education in the realm of breast implantation:
1. Where and how long did you train for this procedure?
2. How many procedures of this nature have you performed?
3. How long have you been a practicing surgeon?