If you are considering breast augmentation or implants, as they are commonly called, you may not realize that the time to act is right now. With spring upon us, there is no better time of year to undergo this procedure.
Breast augmentation is commonly associated with adding to the cup size for a top-heavier appearance; however, there are other reasons the procedure can be beneficial. Women who have had a mastectomy due to breast cancer or who have naturally imbalanced breasts can also benefit.
Whatever the reason, if you are considering having breast augmentation soon, you shouldn’t hesitate to schedule a consultation.
How Breast Augmentation Works
During a breast augmentation, a small incision is made on the underside of the breast in the fold between the breast itself and the breastbone. Then, an implant is placed under the skin which is stretched over the implant and closed. Sometimes, the skin can be cut or stitched to reposition where the breasts lie in a resting position.
Even if you are unsure about the size or shape you want to achieve from a breast augmentation, a special machine called the Vectra 3D can be used to determine the shape that would look best on you, as well as the size and shape that your body can best carry. This machine can show you a 3-D simulation of your body with several shape and size options displayed. Using these same images, your plastic surgeon may also guide you on potential difficulties with weight or positioning.
If you are hoping to show off your new body in a swimsuit this summer, you will want to get your augmentation done in early spring. An early spring augmentation means you will have ample time to heal from the procedure.
Most of the major healing will be done within the first six weeks following the procedure, and much of the post-operative swelling will also have subsided. While it can take up to a year for the implants to fully heal, visible healing will be done within the first few months. This means that bruising and scarring will be minimal, and you can feel comfortable showing off your body in your summer attire.
The complication risk of a breast augmentation is minimal. It would be irresponsible, though, to pretend they never happen. Most commonly, complications come from small amounts of fluid leaking from the implant itself.
A skilled surgeon and their team should take every precaution available to ensure that this complication does not occur. However, if it does happen, an early spring surgery provides ample time for corrective measures to be taken before you hit the beach.
If you still have questions about the process of a breast augmentation, the next step is to schedule a consultation with a skilled plastic surgeon. Once your situation has been assessed, your surgeon can help you create a surgical plan that works for you, keeping your individual needs and preferences in mind.