There are several types of breast surgery. This cosmetic procedure may involve the insertion of breast implants, the removal of excess breast tissue, or the lifting of the skin and tissue to counteract the effects of gravity. Most patients undergo such procedures because the current size or shape of their breasts makes them self-conscious. Some undergo breast surgery because the pre-surgery size of their breasts is physically uncomfortable; this is particularly true of women choosing to undergo breast reduction surgery.
Some of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures in the nation, thousands of women have undergone breast surgery. If you are considering any of these procedures, ask to see breast surgery before and after photos, which should be available through your surgeon. These images can help you decide whether surgery is the right option for you.
What to expect?
Although each case is unique, your surgeon should have a general idea of what you can expect following the procedure. With most breast surgeries, patients can expect to feel some degree of pain, swelling, and soreness lasting one to two weeks. During the initial recovery period, it is common for the breast area to be wrapped with surgical dressings or a compression garment. After breast surgery, most patients are advised to restrict their movements and physical activities for up to six weeks.
Another common after-effect of breast surgery is scarring. Most patients do end up with some level of scarring, though the incisions used by cosmetic surgeons are typically positioned in a way to avoid unsightly scars following the surgery. The incision may run around the areola, under the natural crease of the breast, or in the armpit to avoid visible scarring.
Although the aesthetic improvements experienced by most breast surgery patients are not without side effects, most patients find the surgery to be well worth it. After breast surgery, most patients report increased self-confidence and comfort with their silhouette, regardless of the type of cosmetic breast surgery procedure they have undergone.
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