What You Need To Know About Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation also referred to as augmentation mammoplasty, is a procedure that involves the use of breast implants or fat transfer to enhance the size of breasts. The procedure is performed to increase the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. Some women may feel more confident with this procedure, whereas others opt for it to rebuild the breast for various conditions.

Breast augmentation is done largely and traditionally with the help of implants. In a fat transfer procedure, the fat from another part of the body is used to create the breast volume. So, if you are considering breast augmentation, it’s imperative for you to understand what surgery involves, including complications, possible threats, and follow-up care.

Why opt for breast augmentation?

An augmentation mammoplasty surgery may:

  • Enhance the shape and size of breasts
  • Improve the balance of breasts
  • Enhance self-confidence and self-image
  • Restore the breast(s) after surgery

Breast Augmentation in Asheville, NC

There could be a lot of reasons why women opt for this procedure, including when they have noteworthy asymmetry or have experienced loss of breast volume due to pregnancy, or generally to enhance their breast shape and size and create symmetry with the rest of their body. Since augmentation mammoplasty is a kind of surgery, you need to consider the procedure cautiously before opting for it. 

For breast augmentation in Asheville, NC, you may consult Dr. Marshall, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Reveal Aesthetic Surgery. Dr. Marshall is dedicated to treating not just the body, but also to caring for the mind and spirit of his patients. He will listen carefully to understand your goals and will then tailor a specific plan to help you look and feel your absolute best. He will cautiously review your breast augmentation case and also explain the pros & cons of the surgery. 

What to expect during the surgery

The breast augmentation procedure generally lasts two hours or less. It is typically carried out with either conscious sedation or general anesthesia, which means the patient is either sedated or asleep. During surgery, the surgeon uses small incisions to create a “pocket” to make room for the implant. Once the implant is positioned, the incisions are closed and bandaged. 

The incision options are discussed beforehand and depends upon several factors such as type of implants, patient’s anatomy, etc.:

  • Inframammary (in the crease under the breast)
  • Periareolar (around the nipple)
  • Transaxillary (in the armpit)

Possible risks of the surgery

Though a cosmetic procedure, breast augmentation can have potential risks including:

  • Pain and tenderness
  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Sensation in nipple or breast
  • Implant leaks
  • Asymmetry and cosmetic dissatisfaction

Recovery and maintenance

Breast implants are not permanent in nature. One might feel the necessity to have the implants replaced due to complications or change in the shape and size of the breasts with time. Those who have silicone gel-filled implants are required to get an MRI scan 3 years after the surgery to detect silent rupture. If the implants are ruptured, they need to be removed and replaced immediately.

With breast implants, it’s difficult to get a mammogram. The implants may also make it harder for you to breastfeed. There is a possibility that breast implants may make you more prone to breast cancer.

For more information, you may contact Dr. Marshall at Reveal Aesthetic Surgery, Asheville.

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