Mammoplasty is a popular aesthetic surgery that will change the shape or size of the breast. In fact, this is the only way to correct the breast if a woman is unhappy with her size — there are simply no alternatives. 7 important things to know before you go under the surgeon’s knife.
1. More is not always better
When choosing a new size, be sure to consider the parameters of the body. Agree, a fragile, slender, short girl with a breast of the fourth size will look somewhat unnatural. When choosing a breast size, listen to the advice of the surgeon, as he will start not only from the patient’s ideas about her ideal breast, but also from other factors: the girl’s complexion, the width of her chest, the initial size, structural features of the gland itself.
At the initial appointment, look at the work of the surgeon to assess how this or that size looks like in women of similar build.
Keep in mind that breasts with large implants will behave in the same way as normal breasts: they will also be affected by gravity, which will cause them to sag. Large breasts need special support, so you will need to wear supportive underwear, care for them, and avoid weight fluctuations.
2. Carefully choose a manufacturer
It is important to correctly choose not only the size of the new breast, but also the manufacturer of the implant. It is better to choose manufacturers who give a lifetime warranty on their implants.
You should be alerted by the too low cost of the operation. Before concluding a contract, be sure to ask what implants will be used. It happens that when releasing new models of implants, the manufacturing company sells them at an attractive price due to the lack of a sufficient number of clinical studies, which can lead to serious consequences.
This happened with Allergan’s Biocell textured implants, which in 2019, on the recommendation US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled the implants because there was a link between the development of lymphoma and textured implants of this company. FDA statistics showed that 481 patients out of 573 cases of lymphoma had implants of a particular brand.
3. Choose your doctor and clinic carefully
Carefully study the resume of the surgeon: education, where he trained, operating experience. Read reviews about the clinic itself, because the success of the operation is not only the professionalism of the surgeon, but also the quality of the equipment. Read reviews on specialized forums to assess the reputation of the clinic.
In addition, it is important that the surgeon is not only a professional, but also a specialist in communication with whom you would feel calm and confident. If you feel uncomfortable, something repels you, then look for another doctor.
4. After the operation, you will have to observe a number of prohibitions
After the operation, you will have a rehabilitation period, during which the activity of your life will decrease. Compression garments must be worn for a month. After the operation, you will have to wear it constantly, removing it only while taking a shower.
In the first days after surgery, you will have to sleep only on your back, without turning over on your side, and you should also not perform movements that are associated with tension in the muscles of the chest so that the implants do not move. You can return to your previous activity after the completion of the rehabilitation period.
5. The operation does not violate lactation, but it is better to carry it out after the birth of the child
With breast augmentation, the mammary gland is practically not injured, so the operation does not affect lactation. The implant is placed either under the gland itself or under the pectoral muscle, so nothing prevents the gland from producing breast milk. However, plastic surgeons recommend breast augmentation after the birth of a child and the end of lactation. However, this is not due to the fact that implants can interfere with feeding, but to the fact that breastfeeding can lead to ptosis of the mammary gland, that is, its prolapse.
Therefore, it is better to carry out the operation after childbirth and breastfeeding, since it is possible to enlarge the breast and tighten it at the same time.
6. The scar after the operation is almost invisible
Many girls want to correct their breasts, but do not dare to have an operation, because they are afraid that a noticeable scar will remain. In fact, you should not worry about the scar: thanks to minimally invasive techniques, the scar after the rehabilitation period is almost invisible.
Most often, plastic surgeons prefer to make an incision that runs along the natural crease under the breast. After rehabilitation, the scar merges with the skin. Then you can do laser resurfacing, after which the scar will be almost invisible.
A method is also possible when an incision is made along the edge of the areola. The scar in this case is also almost invisible.
The seam may be located in the armpit area, but it is more visible, although due to the location it is not visible. This is not the most convenient way for a plastic surgeon, because he does not have enough space for manipulation.
7. You can evaluate the result in six months
Many women evaluate the result of the operation already at the first dressing. But the first conclusions can be made only after a few months, and the final ones — about six months after the operation. And what the result will be depends not only on the skill of the surgeon, but also on postoperative care. Therefore, it is important to follow all the recommendations in order to maintain a beautiful breast shape.
Salvatore Pacella, MD, plastic surgeon
Breast augmentation surgery can give good results if done correctly. It is very important to choose the correct size of the implant in order to achieve a natural result after breast augmentation. An implant should be chosen only in conjunction with a proven and experienced plastic surgeon.
Today, manufacturers offer a variety of sizes and shapes of implants. It can be said that the choice of size and shape is a kind of mathematical process, since a number of factors must be taken into account. The doctor and the patient choose an implant that fits the specific features of the patient’s body.
If you are unsatisfied with the results of the operation or if you feel any discomfort, be sure to inform your plastic surgeon. It is possible that treatment or even replacement of implants is required.