Breast augmentation as a new phase in lifeadmin
Many women long for perfectly shaped breasts, so breast surgery is becoming increasingly popular. However, to ensure that no complications arise, the subsequent aftercare also plays an important role. We will tell you which aspects have to be considered in breast augmentation and why choosing the right doctor is so crucial.
What exactly is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to change the shape or size of the breast. The medical term for this procedure is “mammary augmentation”. Breast augmentation uses silicone breast implants that are placed either behind the pectoral muscle or between the pectoral muscle and breast tissue. Alternatively, autologous fat can also be used for breast surgery. In this case, autologous fat is sucked out beforehand, which is placed in the breast after medical preparation. However, since there have not been sufficient long-term studies on autologous fat treatment to date, this procedure has been criticized by many doctors.
Why breast augmentation at all?
Breast augmentation has been performed for decades and is therefore one of the most common surgical procedures. It is therefore not surprising that the procedures are constantly being further developed so that patients benefit from even better results. Many patients undergoing breast surgery suffer from the size or shape of their natural breasts. If the breasts are too big or too small or if they sag after pregnancy, many women no longer feel comfortable in their bodies. With breast surgery, women regain their self-confidence and find their bodies attractive again. In addition, breast surgery is now a routine procedure that entails only a few risks for the patient.
How do you find the right doctor?
If you are considering breast surgery, you should of course consult a specialist doctor. First, it is important that the cosmetic surgeon also performs the breast augmentationhas the necessary qualifications. At this point it should be mentioned that the designations “aesthetic surgeon” or “cosmetic surgeon” are not protected. In contrast, the terms “specialist in plastic surgery” and “specialist in plastic and aesthetic surgery” may only be used if a specialist examination has been completed. In addition, the respective doctor must have worked in this field for at least six years. Furthermore, experienced specialists are often also members of certain associations, such as the DGAPV, and regularly take part in further training. Finally, a reputable specialist always tries to explain the patient in detail about the individual steps and the possible risks.
Beware of cheap offers
Breast surgeries are particularly in demand these days, so many doctors advertise with supposedly tempting offers. However, precisely these surgeons are rarely concerned with the patient’s well-being and therefore accept higher risks. If the doctor does not offer comprehensive advice and does not respond to questions, the patient should become skeptical. After all, breast surgery is a surgical procedure, so patients should not make any compromises here.
Breast augmentation facts
If you are interested in breast augmentation, you should first deal with the most important facts about this procedure. The operation itself takes about 60 to 90 minutes and is performed under general anesthesia . The procedure is also performed on an inpatient basis, whereby the patients should take it easy for around 7 to 14 days after the operation. Sporting activities are only possible again after about 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure. The cost of a breast augmentation starts at around 5,000 euros. Possible risks include numbness, postoperative bleeding, sensitivity to touch, limited ability to breastfeed and hematomas.
Behavior before and after breast surgery
Even if a breast operation is now part of the routine procedures, the body is still exposed to considerable stress. In order to support the healing process, patients should therefore pay attention to a number of aspects before and after the procedure. First of all, no alcohol should be consumed before the procedure and no blood-thinning medication should be taken. Otherwise, the risk of bleeding increases. Nicotine should also be completely avoided at least two weeks before the operation. If the patient falls ill shortly before the operation, the operation must be postponed due to the weakened immune system.
After the operation, it is essential to avoid sports, alcohol and nicotine for several weeks. Simple physical activities are already possible a week after the procedure. It is also advisable to sleep on your back for the first seven to nine weeks after the operation. While showering is possible again after a week if the patient has healed quickly, bathing should only take place about 6 weeks after the operation. Direct sunlight is also strongly discouraged in the first 3 months after the procedure.
In order to support the healing process, the patient has to wear a special bra for about 10 weeks. Painkillers must be taken to reduce swelling and pain after the procedure. In addition, the swollen area can be gently cooled and treated with a wound healing ointment. As long as all requirements are met, the healing process can progress as best as possible.
Conclusion: Specialist advice is essential
Breast augmentation can give women a whole new level of self-confidence and improve their quality of life enormously. Nevertheless, this step should be carefully considered. Therefore, it is important that patients receive detailed advice before the procedure and that they do not compromise when choosing a doctor.