Breast augmentation operations became very popular during the 80’s. Indeed, the number of women who underwent breast surgery in the USA stood at around 90,000 during the 90’s. Since then, the number of operations increases by around 30%-40% every year. In Greece, similarly, the number of women who decide to visit a plastic surgeon and undergo surgery is increasing every year too.
When a woman is the best candidate for the procedure?
If you are considering breast augmentation you may like some questions answered. Essentially, breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and the shape of a woman’s breast. You may choose to undergo it for a number of reasons:
Physical appearance: small /under developed breasts
Firstly, to enhance the body contour and enlarge your breast size – Either as a result of natural development or ageing. The right pair of implants will improve the breast size and show satisfactory results for the majority of cases but if the breasts are sagging, the doctor may also recommend a breast lift to achieve a better result.
Secondly, breast augmentation procedures are taking place because of psychological reasons too. Women who wish to undergo surgery feel that their breasts are small creating doubts about their sex appeal. In most cases, this leads to lack of confidence and self-esteem. In addition, some perceive it as an obstacle in their sex life. It is amazing how a woman’s behaviour & confidence improves after the operation in relation to her partner and other people.
The operation process includes:
What can I expect after the operation - After the operation you will be given a surgical bra and you will need to wear for around 2-3 weeks. You should be able to return to your home a few hours after the operation or the following morning after the change of the first gauze bandage. We also recommend medication to control most of the natural discomfort after the operation. We advise to start a very smooth massage after the 6th day which helps to keep the pocket where the implant was placed open, and at the same time it does reduce the woman’s apprehension of feeling her new breasts.
Specific complications associated with this procedure are dealt with, while the capsular conctracture during the 80’s rarely occurs due to the new generation of implants.
How will I feel after the operation?
For most women, undergoing this type of surgery is a satisfying and happy experience. The implants become very soon part of the body and will not be an obstacle in detecting future illnesses following regular tests such as mammography, ultra sound tests, etc.The relationship between breast augmentation and breast cancer is not correlated as it has been confirmed by many studies. However, women with family record of breast cancer must be tested prior to the operation taking place.