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The Most Commonly Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is a very popular cosmetic procedure. It is a safe procedure that gives great results and many women undergo this procedure to improve their appearance and so boost their self-confidence. A medical screening will be done to evaluate your health and your surgery will be planned as per your requirement. If you are considering the procedure, you may have some questions.
Here we answer some of the most frequently asked questions to give you some clarity about the procedure.
What size should I choose?
If you wish to have bigger breasts, then it will be tempting to go for larger implants. This may not be right always. The size should be decided based on various factors. Your body frame, height, weight, shoulder width and chest size will help determine the size that would suit you best. Your surgeon will help you decide the correct size of implants as this differs from bra size and you may not be able to decide correctly.
What are implants and are their different types available?
Implants are prostheses that are placed within your breast to increase the size of your breasts. There are two types of implants available. Saline implants and silicone implants. Saline implants are silicone shells filled with sterile saline (salt water). The shells are implanted empty and filled later. Silicone implants are silicone shells filled with silicone gel. Your surgeon will help you choose the one that will suit you the best.
How long will I have to stay in the hospital?
Breast augmentation is usually a day care procedure. It is done under general anaesthesia, but you can return home the same day. The procedure will take between 1 and 3 hours. You will be shifted to a recovery room after surgery till you regain consciousness. You will be given instructions on wound care and medication and allowed to return home.
When can I return to normal life?
There will be some pain, swelling and tightness for a few days after surgery, but you will be able to manage the discomfort with prescribed medicines. You will be able to return to work in a few days, but you should avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks till you recover completely and your doctor clears you for normal activities.
Will I be able to breastfeed my baby after breast augmentation?
Breast implants are placed below the chest muscles and so will not interfere with breastfeeding. Most women can breastfeed after breast augmentation, but the amount of milk produced may be affected by the type of incision made and if the nerves around the areola are disturbed during surgery. Talk to your surgeon for a better understanding of how your surgery will affect your ability to nurse.
If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, consult our cosmetic surgeon for a comprehensive evaluation and guidance. With the appropriate implant and procedure you will be able to get the best results.
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