Breast augmentation's general purpose is to increase the size of a woman's breasts, making them both larger and fuller. Breast enlargements are done using a salt-water based solution called saline, which is put into a silicone shell and inserted inside the breast. There is no evidence that breast implants affect fertility, pregnancy, or a woman's ability to nurse.
IF A SALINE IMPLANT BREAKS, THE SALT WATER SOLUTION IS HARMLESSLY ABSORBED BY YOUR BODY.
REASONS TO CONSIDER
• You want to correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy.
• You want to balance a difference in breast size.
• You want to enhance your breast size and shape.
Breast augmentations are performed in an outpatient surgical center and generally take between 1 and 3 hours. An incision is made in the crease below the breast, around the areola, or under the armpit, and the breast tissue is lifted, creating a pocket within that area. The implant is centered beneath the nipple and filled with the saline solution. The incision is then stitched up, and light gauze bandages are applied to the area.
RECOVERING FROM THIS SURGERY
Patients who have breast augmentations generally feel sore and tired for a few days following the surgery. About 48 hrs afterwards they are up and about, controlling any pain with medication that was prescribed by the doctor. Stitches are removed in 7-10 days, and the swelling within the breasts takes around three to five weeks to subside. Scars will be pink for at least six weeks and will eventually begin to fade, but will not disappear completely.