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When it comes to cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation is one of the most commonly requested procedures. For many women, the size, shape and “perkiness” of their breasts is directly tied to how feminine they feel. While breast augmentation surgery can be a highly rewarding experience, there are a few things that every woman considering this procedure should know.
If you opt for surgery, do it with the understanding that you will likely need to have it re-done within the next 15-20 years. No implant will last forever.
In fact, you may need to have the surgery re-done sooner should the implant leak or if there are changes to your body which make the implants appear unnatural. These changes could be caused by pregnancy, weight gain or loss, or hormonal changes.
While most women are pleased with the results of their surgery, the first week following the procedure can be a painful one and you will not want to have to go into the office during that time. If your job involves manual labour, you may have to take a longer time period.
For women who choose to have the implant placed under the muscle (this is a popular choice because the end result will feel more natural), recovery can take a little longer.
Implants are manufactured to simulate the look and feel of real breasts but they are still man-made and don’t feel exactly the same. Women who have their implants inserted underneath the muscle tissue will have breasts that feel more natural.
Your breasts are only large enough to accommodate a certain size of implant. If you want to go up more than one or two cup sizes, you may require more than one surgery over the course of several years as your body and skin will need time to adjust. Your surgeon will be able to advise you if this is the case for you at your consultation.
Although the risk is minor, there is a chance that if you have an areola incision, it could result in damage to milk ducts which could interfere with your ability to breastfeed. For women who have the incision under the breast, or in the armpit, breastfeeding should not be a problem.
Although this is not common, you need to be aware that this is a possibility.
Women who have a family history of breast cancer, or those who are facing other medical issues, should discuss possible complications with their surgeon. Any of these conditions could mean that they are not a good candidate for the surgery.
The more facts you know about breast augmentation surgery and implants, the easier it will be to decide if this procedure is right for you. To schedule a consultation at The Edinburgh Clinic, contact our team today on 0131 447 2340.