Breast augmentation is well-known amongst many people who follow cosmetic procedures. The procedure has been around for a long time. During consultation your surgeon will discuss with you the desired result you are looking to achieve. From there, your surgeon will choose a silicone or saline breast implant with the desired size. Regarding breast lifts, the surgeon will examine the options to help achieve the desired result. Breast augmentation usually refers to increasing size, whereas the breast lift usually entails multiple procedures to correct and ensure a natural desired result, including skin removal, resizing, and reshaping of the areola and repositioning of the nipple.
On the day of surgery, your surgeon will mark up your breasts with you standing. These marks will serve as a guide during the surgery for the surgeon to follow as you will be lying down. Surgery is performed under general anesthesia. For a standard breast augmentation, a small incision is made under the breast in the crease. This will be the point of entry for the breast implant to be inserted. It may be required depending on the size of the implant and shape of the breast to reposition the nipple. For a breast lift with or without an implant, your surgeon will make a cut around the areola and sometimes extend it down to the crease of the breast. The surgeon will reshape and lift the breast by removing any excess skin, fat, and tissue. Once complete, the surgeon will reposition the nipple and stitch any openings. In some cases, depending on the size and scope of the procedure, you may be required to have two separate surgeries should you wish to have a lift and an implant. Your surgeon will explain everything to you including your options during your initial consultation. Your breasts will be sore and swollen for several weeks following the surgery. You will be required to wear a post-surgical bra and sleep on your back for several weeks. Exercise and heavy lifting are to be avoided for at least 4 weeks post-surgery.