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Preparing For A Breast Augmentation

Posted Oct 15 2012 12:10pm

A woman's breasts may change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness because of pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, gravity and heredity. A breast augmentation surgery uses implants to fulfill a woman’s desire for fuller breasts or to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy. Besides, the procedure may increase fullness and projection of breasts, improve the balance of figure and enhance self-image and self-confidence. However, breast augmentation Los Angeles may not correct severely drooping breasts. The procedure is sometimes performed along with another procedure such as breast lift. The surgeon may better assist an individual in making such decision.

Breast augmentation may be a good option for a woman who

• is physically healthy

• has realistic expectations

• has fully developed breasts

• is bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small

• has one or both breasts that failed to develop normally

A breast augmentation is primarily carried out using saline or silicone breast implants. Saline breast implants can be filled with varying amounts of saline that may affect the shape, firmness and feel of the breast. In case of a rupture, a saline breast implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body. Silicone breast implants are filled with an elastic gel that feels and moves much like natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant Los Angeles pocket.

Before undergoing the procedure, the surgeon may ask for

• lab test or a medical evaluation

• adjust in current medications

• a baseline mammogram, one before surgery and another after surgery to help detect any future changes in breast tissue

• stop smoking

• avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding

During recovery in a breast augmentation, the patient may experience a post-surgical recovery period of 24 - 48 hours and soreness and swelling for a few weeks. Exercise and normal activity should be resumed at the direction of the surgeon only. Over time, the swelling will decrease and incision lines will fade. For a lift procedure, dressings or bandages are applied to the incisions. The patient may need to wear an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support the breasts while they heal. A small, thin tube is temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid.

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