Breast augmentation- what you need to know

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If you have decided to have a breast augmentation, it is necessary to know what exactly you are getting into. Knowledge is power and hence it is better to know what is going to happen and what are the risks you will be exposed to as you prepare to go under the knife.

First of all, it is important to understand that what you are going to undergo is a surgery. Like every surgery, it has its risks and benefits. Carefully, weigh your benefits and risks. In general, breast augmentation is classed as a cosmetic surgery. You can find useful educative material about breast augmentation at

2- Procedure
Breast augmentation involves placing an implant within the breast to correct its physical form. First, you choose the correct size of the implant. General anesthesia is given to patients before the surgery. Local anesthesia might be administered at times as well. Three incision options are available for breast augmentations namely inframammary, transacillary and periareolar incision. After placing the implant the surgeon stitches the incisions.

3- Types
Breast implants can be classed into three types. Saline implants that are silicone shells filled with saline solution, Silicon-gel filled implants that silicone shells filled with silicone gel and Alternative composite implants that are filled with soy oil, polypropylene string etc.

4- Recovery period
After anesthesia wears off, the patient is administered painkillers to relieve the pain. Stitches usually dissolve within 6 weeks of the suture. If the sutures don’t dissolve or drainage tubes have been placed then you have to follow-up to have them removed. Slight swelling may be noted after the surgery but it goes away within two weeks of the procedure. The incision lines also fade gradually.

5- Risks
There is always the risk of infection in stitches. Sometimes there is pain and insensitivity in the nipples. Other complications like Capsular contracture may also arise. Make sure to get proper guidelines from your doctor.

6- Emergency
If you notice signs of infection or irritation in your breasts contact your doctor immediately. Chest pains or breathing problems should also be reported. Do not engage in vigorous activities for at least 6 weeks. Also, take advice from your doctor about the type of bra you should wear and post-operative exercises if they are necessary. Find additional help at