Pregnancy, breastfeeding, fluctuations in weight or aging can all impact the breasts, leaving them lifeless, saggy or with an otherwise altered shape. If you’re not satisfied with how your breasts look, you may be considering some type of breast enhancement surgery to breathe new life into your appearance. But which procedure will meet your needs?
A Breast Augmentation Adds Volume
Women who are unhappy with their breast size often opt for breast augmentation. There are a wide range of implant options to choose from, which allows for your breast augmentation to be customized to meet your unique needs. And you don’t have to want supersized breasts to benefit from breast augmentation.Growing numbers of women are requesting more modestly-sized breast implants for subtle, natural-looking results.
A Breast Lift Elevates
Breast implants are available in a range of shapes and sizes.
Where a breast augmentation adds volume to the breasts, a lift elevates them. A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, can help correct sagging breaststo offer you a more rejuvenated look. During a breast lift, your plastic surgeon will remove excess tissue, raise the nipple and areola and reshape the breast for a wholly revitalized outcome.
When a Combination Approach Is Best
When considering breast enhancement procedures, it doesn’t have to be one or the other. Many women experience the best of both worlds with a combined approach. It’s common for plastic surgeons to do a breast augmentation and breast lift during the same procedure. To explore your breast enhancement options, schedule a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon.
Sagging breasts with a “deflated” appearance often go hand in hand with aging, pregnancy or fluctuating weight. You’re not very likely to welcome this particular change, but you don’t need to simply accept it. While you can’t stop yourself from getting older, the potential benefits of a breast lift may help to make the aging process feel a little less daunting.
1. A Boost to Your Self-Esteem
The aesthetic benefits of a breast lift may seem obvious, but what about the effect your appearance can have on your general well-being? As your cosmetic surgeon reshapes your breast tissue and tightens the supporting tissue, they could also be boosting your self-esteem.* Neater, repositioned breasts may also enable you to wear a wider range of clothes, as you could no longer feel the need to disguise your chest.
The benefits of a breast lift may not be purely aesthetic – you could potentially see an improvement in other areas of your life, too.
2. The Start of a Healthier Lifestyle
If your breasts get in the way and cause discomfort when you exercise, a breast lift could be the start to a healthier lifestyle. Less pain and irritation could mean you’re more likely to hit the gym and try other physical activities that you may have previously avoided due to possible breast discomfort.
3. Improved Physical Well-Being
Sometimes the appearance of drooping breasts isn’t the main problem, as sagging combined with a large breast size can cause chafing or even back and neck pain. Breast reduction surgery combines the benefits of a breast lift with a smaller, more proportionate breast size.
If you’d like to discuss your eligibility and the benefits a breast lift may be able to offer you, start by booking an initial consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with extensive recent experience of the procedure.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.
As the date of your breast augmentation approaches, you may be starting to plan your pre-op prep. Your cosmetic surgeon will have provided some information on what you should and shouldn’t be doing before your breast augmentation but, if you’re in any doubt, it’s always best to double-check, particularly when it comes to what you absolutely should NOT be doing.
What You Should Be Doing
The day before your breast augmentation, there are some things you should be doing as you get ready for your appointment. As well as making sure you’re rested and ready to go, today’s prep should include:
- Choosing a loose, comfortable outfit to wear to and from the clinic. Don’t worry about a bra, as you’ll be given a post-surgical one to wear
- Packing some essentials such as bottled water, dry snacks, ID and some cash
- Taking your usual medications, apart from those which are dangerous to take at this point, like blood thinners. Check with your cosmetic surgeon if you’re in doubt
- Make sure you’ve had enough to eat and drink before midnight
- Confirming your transport to and from the clinic, plus childcare if required.
Don’t forget to make sure you’ve someone to look after you when you get home.
What NOT to Do during Breast Augmentation Prep
As well as making sure you do what’s mentioned above, you should take care NOT to:
- Eat or drink in the 8 hours prior to your procedure
- Search for breast augmentation-related stories on the internet, as you’re likely to make yourself more nervous
- Overthink the procedure. You’ll have discussed your concerns with your cosmetic surgeon before now, trust their expertise
- Smoke even a single cigarette. Just one can have a significant effect on the results of your breast augmentation and your recovery, so don’t risk it.
Low, moderate, high, or something in between. Which of the breast implant profile options is right for you? Did you even know there was a choice? The appearance of your new breasts will be determined by a number of factors, including the size you choose and the profile and projection you opt for. As breast augmentation is a very personal thing, there’s no definitive correct option; it mainly comes down to the look you want to achieve.
As the name suggests, low profile breast implants have the least projection and the widest base. Low profile implants may be suggested for slight women with smaller breasts.
Moderate/Moderate Plus Profile
Compared to low breast implant profile options, moderate ones have more projection and a slightly narrower base. Moderate plus extends these changes a little further. This may be the most suitable option for natural-looking breast augmentation on a wider chest. Moderate profile implants are among the most popular.
Generally, high profile breast implants will result in rounder breasts, while others can deliver a more natural appearance.
High/Ultra High Profile
For maximum projection, high or ultra-high is the way to go. Breast implants falling into these categories will be fuller than those in the low or moderate ranges and will tend to be rounder. As such, high profile breast implants are most suited to those seeking a dramatic look.
Choosing Between Breast Implant Profile Options
As mentioned earlier, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to choosing between breast implant profile options. Some of the factors which you may wish to take into consideration include your natural shape, the size of your frame and how you want your new breasts to look.
If you’re considering breast implants, finding the right implant size may feel like a challenge. You want to choose an implant size that will complement your overall figure and match your proportions, and you don’t want to go too big or too small. When it comes to breast augmentation, there is no chart or data set that clearly outlines the best implant size for your specific needs. The best breast implant size for you depends on a number of factors.
The Sizing Surprise
Implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc), which comes as a surprise to many women who are accustomed to measuring their breasts based upon bra size. What’s more, it’s possible for two women to have identically sized breast implants yet end up with completely different results. This is because your natural anatomy affects how your breast implants will look on you.
Your Body Limits
Your current breast size, shoulder and chest width all play a role in how your final breast augmentation results will look. If you have small breasts, you don’t have much spare breast tissue, so breast implants above a certain size won’t give you the best results. A cosmetic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation can measure your physical dimensions and evaluate your appearance goals to find a size that works well with your frame.
Don’t Forget Your Lifestyle
Your breast implants are a long-term commitment, so it’s important to choose a size that fits with your everyday lifestyle. If you’re a naturally active person, large implants could be cumbersome and may interfere with activities that you enjoy.
So as to whether there’s a “best” breast implant size, there really isn’t one answer. The perfect implant size can’t be picked without considering your natural anatomy, your goals and your lifestyle. To get the most out of your breast augmentation, find an experienced cosmetic surgeon to walk you through each stage of the decision-making process.
One of the most common questions when a woman goes for an initial consultation for breast augmentation surgery is if she’ll get stretch marks from her breast implants. Although it’s a possibility you could get stretch marks, there are a few reasons why this isn’t a common occurrence.
Taking Necessary Precautions
Now that breast implants are getting smaller, stretch marks from surgery are very uncommon. In fact, stretch marks are rarely seen unless there is a very large increase in breast size. The other way stretch marks may be seen after breast augmentation is if they were faintly present before surgery and the swelling makes them more obvious until the skin returns to normal. These types of stretch marks should only be temporary.
During your initial consult, your cosmetic surgeon will check your tissue thickness and your skin’s ability to stretch, as well as your overall breast and chest dimensions. After measuring all these factors, your surgeon will make sure that your expectations are in line with your measurements. If the size that you want your breast implants to be is greater than your skin’s ability to stretch, then your cosmetic surgeon should properly warn you about the possibility of stretch marks.
Post-Breast Augmentation Safeguards
In addition to ensuring that your breast implants are not too big for your frame, there are other preventative tips that may help lower your chances of seeing stretch marks.
For instance, it’s important to keep your skin well-moisturized after your breast augmentation (as soon as your surgeon tells you it’s okay). Other options—like using cocoa butter, a special stretch mark formula cream, med spa treatments or even tape to support the newly stretched skin—can be used during the first couple of months after surgery to help prevent stretch marks from breast implants.
Consider this: Your doctor tells you that you will need surgery to correct a medical issue, and recommends you consult with a surgeon. You schedule an appointment to meet with the surgeon, but when the date and time for your appointment arrive, you meet him or her not in person, but over Skype. You may be thinking “I would never trust a surgeon who I wasn’t able to consult with in person.” Yet, there are a growing number of cosmetic surgeons who schedule first breast augmentation consultations with patients via Skype.
What A Skype Consultation Can’t Do
By meeting with your breast augmentation surgeon in person, he or she has the opportunity to physically examine the important individual factors that relate to your procedure, including breast dimensions, skin laxity, and your overall size and shape. It’s simply not possible to evaluate these things the same way through a computer screen.
Additionally, if you’re like most women, you may have an idea in mind of your ideal breast size, but are uncertain of what that means in terms of implant size. Without seeing you face-to-face and evaluating your overall build, a surgeon cannot accurately advise you on how to best achieve your outcome.
Your Health Comes First
Whether you’re balancing a hectic schedule or you live remotely, a consultation over Skype may seem like a great option. However, the decision to undergo breast augmentation is an important one, and also represents a significant commitment of your time and resources. You deserve a thorough commitment from start to finish.
Consultation is a two-way street, and visiting a prospective cosmetic surgeon’s office offers you the opportunity to get a sense for the facility, helping you to choose a place for your breast augmentation where you feel safe, and can trust that your overall health and wellbeing will be taken into consideration.
According to this recent news story, a now-deceased surgeon in Houston put these breast implants with no serial number or manufacturer in a patient decades ago.
The surgeon was sued for malpractice many times before losing his medical license in 2001, and he died in 2011, but many patients are still out there walking around with implants that may be dangerous.
No matter who put them in, if you’ve got breast implants that were put in more than 10 years ago, it’s a good idea to get checked out often. They aren’t designed to last forever.
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