When deciding to get breast implants, you may think the sole purpose of the initial consultation is for you to ask questions about breast augmentation, often as a part of deciding whether that particular plastic surgeon (or the procedure itself) is right for you. However, you should also be prepared to answer a few questions from your surgeon, too.
1. How’s Your Health? Even though breast augmentation is primarily a cosmetic procedure, it’s still a surgery. Your surgeon needs to know about any existing health conditions that could have an effect on your procedure, so be honest about any prescriptions, vitamins or supplements you may be taking. Existing medical concerns or treatments could contribute to potential surgical complications, like excess bleeding, that can be more properly addressed when your surgeon is made aware of them ahead of time.
2. Are You a Smoker? You will undoubtedly be asked whether you’re a smoker during your initial breast augmentation consultation, not because the surgeon wants to lecture you about the health hazards of smoking (though you really should quit), but because smokers have a significantly higher risk of complications following surgery of any kind.
According to the 2010 report of American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation remains to be the top cosmetic surgical procedure of 2009. In 2008, an estimated 307,000 cases of breast augmentation were filed and although there is a 6% decrease in 2009, this surgical procedure still remains on top of the list.Breast augmentation, otherwise known as augmentation mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to enlarge (or augment) breasts in order to achieve a fuller appearance. Others opt for this procedure for breast reconstruction purposes to restore breast volume which may have been lost due to mastectomy, trauma, congenital deformity or simply just to enhance the appearance and size of the breasts.In order to augment breasts, implants are used. Implants are breast-shaped prosthesis and there are three types that are being used. The two more common types of implants are made of silicon covering and filled with either silicone gel or saline (salt water) solution. The third type of implant on the other hand, is called alternative-composition implants. These implants are stuffed with diverse or homogeneous materials; however, this type of implant is not available in the market anymore.Typically, the procedure is done on an out-patient basis which usually takes two hours. The process starts with administering anesthesia which can either be under local or general anesthesia. Incision is then made around the areola, in the armpit or under the breast, depending on the type and size of the implant. The method by which the prosthesis is inserted also depends on the said conditions and after which, the incision will be closed when the implants are placed on the implant pockets as indicated. After the procedure, incision scars are expected to heal with just 6 weeks after and will disappear months after the implantation procedure.As with any surgery, breast augmentation surgery has associated risks which include bleeding, infection, unfavourable scarring or fluid accumulation. Other risks associated with the surgery may be related to the implant itself such as obstructed mammography or capsular contracture, where a firm scar forms around the implant. And although most mortality cases are associated with anesthesia or medication errors, death associated with breast augmentation are extremely rare. Another important consideration that women should take note is that there are no lifetime guarantees with breast implants. And so before going into the procedure, women should weigh the pros and cons and decide, "Are you a good candidate for breast augmentation?"
Most people have something about themselves that they just don't like or that they want to change. That's very common and normal. Usually we look at the images portrayed around us and think that the people that we see on television or in the magazines are what we need to look like.Women especially have this problem and go through these anxieties. The perfect female body is always at arms reach away, and so women strive and strive for what they believe to be perfection. If self-confidence and self-esteem are to be compromised because of this, then it's definitely a woman's choice and right to be able to change what she doesn't like about herself.Plastic surgery is very prevalent these days because of this very fact. The most popular form of plastic surgery is breast enlargement. Women simply want to feel adequate and endowed in that area, and it's not only to please men, but mainly to please themselves and feel more confident no matter where she decides to go. There are many reasons a person might consider breast enlargement such as unevenness, naturally small breasts, or sometimes just the shape and fullness of the breasts are not what the woman thinks she should have. Very often after having children a woman's breasts will change, or after losing a considerable amount of weight. It's simply natural; just as much as it's natural for the woman to want to better herself.Luckily for women all over breast enlargement has evolved and is safer, and the techniques are much more advanced than ever before in history.Breast enlargement surgery is the main option that women choose. This is when a woman has breast implants inserted either through a slit underneath her breast at the natural crease or around the areola (nipple) area. Implants can be placed either over or under the muscle tissue - all depending on what the doctor thinks is best and most safe for the patient.The main fuss lately has been around the two different types of implant material - either silicone or saline. Silicone has been thought to cause some affliction to the patient in the event of ruptured implants, where the silicone gel is leaked into the body and the blood stream of the patient. It's thought to possibly cause such things as certain neurological disorders, immunologic disorders, disease of the connective tissue of the body, and even risk of cancer. Even so, the FDA has approved the use of silicone for breast implants in November of 2006. Many women vie for this option because of the more natural look of the breast.The other option in breast implant for breast enlargements is using a safer saline solution as filler for the implant. Saline is deemed safer because of the fact that saline - a salt water solution - is the prevalent type of fluid in the human body, therefore as a saline implant bursts and the liquid is let into the body, the body basically absorbs it and there is no danger in that.It's important to note that any breast implant can burst and that's simply a known risk in the process. This leads to the fact that you should always be sure to do your homework and speak to a number of plastic surgeons and learn as much about the procedure as possible before embarking. It's your body and you must do everything possible to keep it safe.There are other options available for breast enlargement nowadays as well. One of the more recently popular of which are natural breast enlargement pills. These are pills containing naturally occurring plant ingredients which are known to stimulate breast growth. They work by using phyto-estrogens, which are natural estrogens found in plants - that stimulate the estrogen receptors in the breast (basically attracting the estrogen like a magnet would) and therefore stimulating breast growth by the mammary glands.It's a process that's a much milder, non-invasive substitute to having surgery; of which any surgery can be dangerous. More woman are opting for the natural breast enlargement pills as at least a trial before going for the full blown, much more expensive surgery.Whatever your choice, you should always do your due diligence and think through your decisions. Even though both type of breast enlargement are relatively safe these days, you've only got one body.