Breast augmentation is a procedure performed to increase the volume of the breast by placing breast implants underneath. Depending on a patient’s built, their expectations, and the surgeon’s suggestion, various forms of implants are available and can be used for the procedure. Silicone (FDA approved) implants are the most frequently used. A patient’s characteristics determines the location of where implants will be position; they can be placed under the gland (sub-mammary) or under the muscle (submuscular).
The process for breast augmentation involves various incisions being performed all determined by the patients characteristics and expectations. The most common form of incision is around the areola, in the inframammary sulcus or through the axilla.
Furthermore, the procedure takes approximately between 1 and 2 hours and it is performed under sedation and local anesthesia. Recovery time is between 7 and 10 days. In some instances, it can be done as an outpatient procedure.
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Plastic Surgery - Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, former Chief Resident of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Jalisco Reconstructive Surgery Institute.
General Surgery, Plastic Surgery - Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
After finalizing his medical and plastic surgery studies in Mexico, Dr. Ayuzo went on to complete Cosmetic Surgery Training at Shriners Hospital in Galveston, TX in 2008 as well as a rotation in Breast Augmenation and Reconstruction Techniques at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida in 2014. He is a current member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Mexico City, DF, Mexico
Completed his specialty in plastic surgery at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Israel. Founding Member of the College of Mexican Plastic Surgeons of the Valle de Mexico and Member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).
Plastic Surgery - Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Dr. Nashielli Torres is a member of both the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASPS).
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Completed a six-month rotation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).
General Surgery, Plastic Surgery
Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Completed his speciality in plastic surgery from the Jalisciense Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Plastic Surgery - Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Facial Plastics, Breast Surgery, Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
Completed an international master's degree in Reconstructive Microsurgery from the European School of Microsurgery in Barcelona.
Plastic Surgery - Hand Surgery
San José, San José, Costa Rica
Completed a specialty in plastic surgery at the University of Milan in Milan, Italy and a sub-specialty in hand surgery at the Henri Poincaré University in Lorraine, France. Member of the Italian Society of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery (SICPRE).
Breasts should be fully developed before a Breast Augmentation is performed. Legally, saline implants are only allowed in patients over the age of 18, and for silicone implants, the minimum age is 22. Additionally, anyone whose weight is fluctuating would not be an ideal candidate, as breast size is likely to fluctuate as well, making the results of the procedure last a shorter amount of time.
Women who choose to have breast augmentation typically possess one or more of the following characteristics: Small breasts, asymmetrical breasts (one is bigger or differently sized than the other), have experienced changes in size, shape or firmness due to weight loss, pregnancy or aging, and have had whole or partial mastectomy (removal of breast tissue) to treat breast cancer and are looking to have reconstruction.
Patients who are under 18 are not candidates for breast augmentation, nor are patients who are in poor health (especially those with any kind of severe illness or infection). Post-bariatric patients who have not reached a stable weight as well should not consider breast lift until they are able to stabilize their weight.Patients with unrealistic expectations about post-surgery physical outcomes that are not in good health are not a good fit for breast lift surgery.
Additionally, the following characteristics make someone a poor candidate for breast augmentation: Have an abnormal mammogram or undiagnosed breast condition, have breast cancer and have not received treatment, pregnant, breastfeeding or recently stopped breastfeeding, have had previous radiation therapy, does not fully understand what breast augmentation surgery will involve, and does not have realistic expectations for results from breast augmentation surgery.
Some surgeons require that you have a mammogram prior to surgery, especially if you are over 40 years old and have never had a mammogram. This is to make sure that you do not have a preexisting condition that could complicate the procedure. Otherwise, preparations are simple.
Here is an overview: Do not take any blood thinners for at least 10 days prior to surgery (these include Advil, aspirin and Ibuprofen). Additionally, stop smoking at least 4 weeks before surgery — smoking causes blood vessels to constrict, which can interfere with healing. Wear comfortable clothes. Do not wear nail polish, contact lenses, makeup, or jewelry (or any accessories containing metal).
Recovery after breast augmentation is usually fairly swift — patients typically recover in less than a week. It does not even require an overnight stay at the hospital. Most women are able to return to normal activities in 7 to 10 days and usually need no more than a week off from work. This may be longer when implants are placed under the muscle. Patients should avoid lifting anything heavier than a gallon of milk for the first week after surgery and aim to keep their elbows near their sides. After 3-6 months, the scar will already be very close to the final result. Many doctors have specific scar massage protocol to speed and ensure proper healing.
An individual's decision-making for undergoing plastic surgery is extremely personal, and you have to determine if the benefits will achieve your goals, while also considering if the risks and potential complications of a Breast Lift is acceptable. As with any surgery, there are risks of complications related to infection or adverse reactions to anesthesia, therefore it is important to address any questions you may have with your surgeon.
Risks of breast augmentation are similar to other surgical procedures and include infection, the risks of being under general anesthesia (risk of cardiac arrest or stroke), bleeding (hematoma), and blood clots. Unfavorable scarring at the site of surgery may occur. As with many surgeries, there is a risk of damaging deeper structures such as fatty tissue, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels, though minimal with a skilled surgeon.
Breast-related surgeries share common risks, which include: Breast pain, breast asymmetry, breast contour and shape irregularities, changes in nipple/breast sensation, fluid accumulation, potential loss of skin or tissue where incisions meet, potential loss of nipple and areola (partial or total), skin discoloration, hyperpigmentation, swelling and bruising, diminished ability to breastfeed, possibility of revisional surgery. There also risks specific to breast augmentation which include: Asymmetry of implants, implant rupture, displacement of implant, implant deflation (saline). A proper assessment of every patient, along with complete lab work, will help in the prevention of postoperative complications.
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