An increasing number of women all over the world are realizing the benefits of looking good. The ‘looking good’ pertains to having a beautiful face and a good figure to boot. A decade or so ago this would have gone under the banner of wishful thinking, as there were not many surgical procedures that could enhance the body of a woman. But, developments in modern surgical procedures and specifically cosmetic surgical procedures have meant that in the contemporary world, just about anything is possible.
Breast augmentation is one such surgical development, which has made a whole lot of difference in the lives of women all over the world. As the name, so evidently suggests, breast augmentation is a surgical procedure wherein the size and shape of a woman’s breast is enhanced cosmetically. This is accomplished using implants. The reasons, why women go for this type of cosmetic surgical procedure vary from one woman to another. Some might do so for purely cosmetic reasons and others might do so for medical reasons.
The implants used in breast augmentation are made up of silicone rubber shells that are filled with one of the two things: silicone gel that conforms to set medical standards or a salty water solution known as saline.
A person can select the type of method, which will be used to insert and position the implant. It will also be dependant on other factors like the individual’s anatomy and the recommendations of the surgeon. Generally, an incision is made in the natural crease that lies beneath the breast to insert the implant. In some cases, it is inserted by means of an incision made around the areola edge or in the armpit. Fine, dissolving stitches are then used to close the incisions. As a means to better support, the sutures are also taped.
The time required to conduct this operation is usually one and a half hours. General anesthesia is used during the course of this procedure. Post-operation, the patient has to stay in the hospital for the night. For this reason, at times, patients and doctors both prefer an operation that can be performed early in the day. You must have realistic expectations from you breast augmentation procedure. In most cases, patients are satisfied with the outcome and have seen a marked improvement in their levels of self-confidence. Breast augmentation experts try to give their patients a natural look that goes a long way in complimenting their figure.
After the surgery, you will face soreness and underlying fatigue for a few days. There will also develop a minimal swelling and bruising, which is a corollary of all surgical procedures. Doctors will prescribe an appropriate medication for the same. A light dressing will cover the incision and it must be kept dry for a period of two weeks. The dressing will be removed after two weeks and the wound will be inspected also be lightly cleaned.
Following the operation, you will have to make regular visits to the doctor in the months to follow. This is necessary, as your doctor needs to keep track of the progress that you have made. The stipulated recovery time for this surgical procedure is between 1-2 weeks, but patients can resume work after a couple of days.
About the Author: Donna McClinton is Senior Patient Advisor at Cosmetic Surgery Consultants one of the UK's leading cosmetic surgery groups. For more information on cosmetic and plastic surgery advice visit http://www.cosmeticsurgeryconsultants.co.uk