Breast augmentation surgery, also known as breast implants or “boob job”, is a popular cosmetic procedure that aims to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. Breast implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This procedure is an option for those seeking to improve their breast symmetry or increase their breast size. It is performed under general anesthesia, and the recovery time is relatively short. With proper care, patients can enjoy long-lasting, natural-looking results and a boost in self-confidence.
What is Breast Augmentation
Types of Breast Implants
There are different types of breast implants available to suit each patient’s preferences and needs. In our clinic, we prefer to use silicone implants, although saline-filled implants are also found in the market. Silicone implants are made of silicone gel and have a soft, natural texture. They mimic the weight and movement of natural breasts and are available in various shapes and sizes.
Breast implants are divided into two according to their shape: round and teardrop. In addition, their volumes vary according to their projection.
According to the surface of the outer layer of the implant, it is again divided into two: smooth and textured.
After the examination, we decide which shape and surface will be proper for our patient.
Patients over 18 and in good health are usually good candidates for breast augmentation. Some reasons patients opt for breast augmentation surgery are:
– Having developmentally small breasts.
– The patient’s desire for a more prominent breast appearance.
– Loss of volume of the breast after birth, breastfeeding, and/or excessive weight loss.
– Serious size difference between both breasts (asymmetry).
The implants used in breast augmentation surgery can be placed in one of two planes:
supramuscular (over the muscle) or submuscular (under the muscle). The submuscular plane is divided into a subgroup called the “dual plane.” The plane on which the implants will be placed is determined before the surgery by measurements. Depending on the volume and thickness of the breast tissue, a submuscular or supramuscular plan is decided.
Although recovery times vary from person to person, the average time to return to daily life is 5-7 days. During recovery, patients can feel pain in the back, shoulders, and breasts. This is normal and will decrease during the first weeks until it completely disappears. Patients should not do big efforts, particularly lifting or pushing heavy objects, and must avoid lifting their arms over their shoulders for the first month.
Patients must use the prescribed medications as instructed during the healing process. In addition to pain medications, we will also prescribe you antibiotics and edema relievers.
You must use a medical bra for an average of 6 weeks after the operation.
It is recommended to be more careful against physical impacts, especially during the first month.
Although patients can return to their social life within 5-7 days after the operation, it is not recommended to exercise for about one month. It is appropriate for patients to slowly return to their regular exercise routine only by the 6th week.
Massages may be required for as long as the doctor recommends.
Years ago, it was believed that breast implants should be removed or replaced every 10 years. This is not exactly true anymore. With new technologies and advancements in the breast implant industry, it is currently believed that, as long as you don’t have any issues with your current implants, there is no need to get them replaced or removed. With proper monitoring (self-exams, physician exams), you don’t need to automatically replace your implants every 10 years. You should keep in mind that every patient and their reason for getting breast implants is different. For example, because of radiation and thinner breast skin after mastectomy, implants for breast reconstruction tend to have a higher chance of requiring an exchange every 10 years. Always consult with your doctor to be sure.