Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that aims to enlarge size, fullness, and reshape the breasts. The procedure involves placing a breast implant either under the breast tissue or chest muscles.

Most breast augmentation clients are women seeking to boost their confidence and also to:

Enlarge naturally small breasts
Restore breast size, shape after weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding
Restore breasts after a medical procedure
Reshape symmetrical placement of asymmetrical breast

It is imperative to talk to your doctor before the procedure to understand the risks and complications associated with breast augmentation.

How to prepare for the procedure

You will discuss with the surgeon about your preferred breast implant. For instance, do you want smooth or textured, saline or silicone, teardrop-shaped or rounded? You’ll also the surgical techniques to be used during the procedure.

There will be written detailed information concerning the breast implant from the manufacturer. Remember to keep a hard copy of the records.

Bear the following issues in mind as you procure the procedure.

Breast implants cannot prevent the breasts from sagging. Breast firming is achieved by using breast lift such as the right fitting bra along with augmentation.
Breast implants do not last a lifetime- Breast augmentation lasts up to 10 years. It is possible to have an implant rupture. Issues such as weight gain, weight loss, and age will continually alter the appearance of the breast. These factors can lead to more procedures.
Augmentation mammoplasty might turn to be complicated. After the procedure, you’ll also have routine mammograms, specialized reviews.
Breast augmentation can hamper breastfeeding. Some women can breastfeed immediately after the procedure, while others experience problems lactating.
Insurance does not cover breast implant procedures. Breast augmentation is regarded as aesthetic procedures. Insurance only pays for it after a medical procedure such as a mammogram.
Additional procedure may be required in case of breast implant removal. If anything changes and you want the implant removed, you may need corrective surgery or a breast lift. This is to help restore the contours of your breast in relation to the rest of the body.
You may need to take an MRI scan. A routine MRI is recommended every three years of the breast augmentation cycle.

Before the procedure, you’ll undergo a mammogram to ascertain the state of your breasts. The doctor may also alter your medication regimen that he thinks may interfere with the surgery.  For instance, aspirin is believed to cause excessive bleeding.

You may also need to change your lifestyle to allow for a successful surgery. For instance, you may be asked to cease drinking or smoking for a while.

A local anesthetic will be used to keep a patient awake during the procedure. Other times a general anesthetic is used to keep you asleep. You’ll be given painkillers to relieve pain soon after the anesthesia wears off. 

Make prior arrangements with someone to drive you home because of the effects of the entire procedure fatigue. You should be okay after a day or two.