Start 2017 Feeling Great: Your Guide to Breast Augmentation

Have you always felt inadequate as a woman for having small or asymmetrical breasts? You’re not alone. Many women believe that their breasts play a role in their self-image. While having abnormally large breasts does not equate to increased self-confidence, having just the perfect pair for your body frame can make a difference in the way you feel about yourself.

Thankfully, you don’t have to continue feeling inadequate as a woman this 2017. You can make a change this time by getting a breast augmentation.

Also called augmentation mammoplasty, this procedure will enhance the contours of your breasts by increasing the size, improving the shape, correcting asymmetry, and increasing breast volume. The results of which are balance, firmness and a youthful appearance in your breasts.

As you contemplate on this life-enhancing, confident-boosting decision, you will need the guidance of an experienced plastic surgeon. It also pays to know more about breast augmentation so you can prepare questions to ask your doctor. Here’s a simple guide to give you the basics about this procedure.

  • Ideal Candidates

If you are generally healthy and at a stable weight with no medical conditions that raise your risk of complications, you can qualify for a breast augmentation. If you’re a mother, it’s best to wait for at least six to nine months after childbirth and breastfeeding to have this procedure.

  • Breast Implant Types
    One of the crucial decisions you must make is to decide whether to get saline or silicone implants. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water, while silicone implants are filled with plastic gel. Both types can give you the results you want, but each of them has their own pros and cons. The cost of each pair also differs. Your doctor will help you decide which type is suitable for your aesthetic goals.
  • Incisions

As you will want less scar visibility, Dr. Hendrick will help you decide what incisions to use based on your anatomy and implant type. You can choose to have  inframammary, peri-areolar or axillary incision, depending on how you want to look and feel with your new breasts.

  • Procedure
    Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure with general anesthesia for your comfort and safety. The surgery takes two to three hours to complete. During the procedure, Dr. Hendrick will make the incisions and place the implants either below or above the chest muscle. Once the placement is complete, he will close the incisions with sutures and/or surgical tape.
  • Recovery

Within the next several hours after surgery, you will experience tightness, soreness, swelling and bruising. However, you can return to work within one week following the surgery, if you are healing properly and are following all recovery instructions your doctor will provide.

Getting a breast augmentation can really change the way you feel about your breasts, your body, and yourself. Therefore, make yourself more beautiful this 2017 by considering this procedure. Learn more about breast augmentation by consulting Dr. Hendrick at New Orleans Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery.