What You Should Know About Breast Enhancement

Large, full breasts are something that many females want. However, you may be asking yourself, “Is breast enhancement something I want to do?”  Women go through many body changes and feelings about themselves. Therefore, you may feel that your breasts, compared to your friends, for example, may look too small.  Before we answer that question, let’s examine what a breast enhancement is and what the benefits are of getting a breast enhancement

What is Breast Enhancement?

Breast augmentation, also known as breast enhancement, is a surgical procedure used to enlarge or shape the breasts. If a woman has small breasts and wishes for her breasts to be larger, breast enhancement is a surgery she can elect to do. If a woman has had a mastectomy, a breast enhancement can be done to return the woman to a normal-looking chest. Or if a woman wants to improve the shape of her breasts, breast enhancement may be what she should do.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast enhancement surgery is the most popular with liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, and tummy tucks behind. In fact, there were over 300,000 procedures in 2016.

It’s also important to note that recent studies show that women consider bigger to be better. In other words, self-esteem and feeling sexy is increased after breast enhancement. Perhaps you’re dying to look better in a bikini, for example? Increasing the size of your breasts may do it.

As reported in Medline Plus, implants are placed either behind the breast tissue, or they can be placed under the chest muscle. The implants are typically filled with either saline or silicone.

What are saline implants and silicone implants?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or FDA, saline-filled breast implants are filled with sterile saltwater or saline solution. They come in different sizes. Silicone-filled breast implants are filled with silicone gel. Like the saline type, they also come in different sizes.

What Are the Basics of Breast Enhancement Surgery?

As explained at Medical News Today, the procedure involves an incision, and then the chosen implants are placed inside. A general anesthetic is typically used. Therefore, the patient is asleep during the surgery. Painkillers are given to the patient after the procedure, and you’ll want to have a friend or family member drive you home.

As with all surgeries, the patient should take it slow from beginning to end, which means going in for a consultation before the actual procedure. A professional can help you choose the right kind of implant for you, including the correct size. They can also discuss incision options.

When an incision occurs in the breast, it is a small incision. It can be hidden under the crease of the chest, or it can appear in the armpit area. Where the incision occurs will depend on your goals and the recommendation of your doctor.

Are There Limitations on Who Can Have Breast Enhancement?

Typically, you should have reached your 18th birthday before you go in for saline implants, and you should have reached your 22nd birthday before you go in for silicone implants. However, according to breast augmentation expert, Jason I. Altman, younger patients are considered for saline implants on a case by case basis. So if you have not reached your 18th birthday, you’ll need to discuss your desires with the doctor.

The bottom line is that you can’t just walk into a facility and get breast enhancement, and no reputable plastic surgery would rush the process. Therefore, before it happens, you will receive an examination, an evaluation, and a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. This is a good thing because it ensures that the procedure is appropriate for you.

The plastic surgeon will evaluate your health to make sure you’re in good health. They will ascertain if you have any health problems, such as bleeding disorders or infections. They’ll want to know your lifestyle habits, such as if you smoke, take drugs, or if you drink alcohol. There are certain conditions where breast enhancement is not ideal, such as if you’re currently breastfeeding. All of these questions are important and are designed to protect your health and safety.

You’ll be guided through what occurs with a breast enhancement from step to step. That includes getting ready for the procedure, during the process, and after the process. A professional procedure will not only enhance your breasts but protect you after its done.