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Thinking of Getting Breast Implants? Top Five Things to Know7 min read

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Ever thought about enhancing your curves and boosting your self-confidence with a bit of help from cosmetic surgery? You’re not alone! Over 360,000 breast augmentation procedures were performed in the US in 2021, making it one of the most popular choices among women seeking to transform their appearance. But before you dive headfirst into the world of breast implants, it’s crucial to arm yourself with essential information to ensure a successful and satisfying outcome.

That’s where this article comes in! We’re here to guide you through the top five things you need to know before embarking on your breast implant journey. From understanding the different types of implants available to selecting the perfect surgeon, preparing for the procedure, navigating the recovery process, and evaluating the costs involved, Aesthetica has got you covered. So, buckle up and get ready to explore the world of breast augmentation as we help you make informed decisions and bring your dream look to life!

What Are Breast Implants?

Breast implants are medical devices designed to give your breasts a little lift, enhance their size, or even reconstruct them after a life-changing event like a mastectomy. These implants come in a silicone shell filled with either saline (that’s sterile salt water) or silicone gel, depending on your preference. Women from all walks of life choose to get breast implants for various reasons – to boost their self-esteem, achieve that perfect hourglass figure, or feel more comfortable in their skin. With several types of breast implants, it’s all about finding the perfect fit for you and your unique goals.

What Are the Different Types of Breast Implants?

Now that we’ve covered the basics let’s dive into the exciting world of breast implant varieties! That’s right – you have options, and we’re here to help you navigate them. So, what are the different types of breast implants? 

Well, the game has three leading players: saline, silicone, and gummy bear implants. Saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater, making them a popular choice for those who prefer a firmer feel and adjustable size. Silicone implants, on the other hand, are filled with a smooth silicone gel that closely resembles natural breast tissue – hello, realistic touch! And finally, we have the gummy bear implants – these teardrop-shaped wonders are filled with a thicker, cohesive silicone gel that holds its shape remarkably well, giving you a natural and youthful look. 

Each type comes with its own set of pros and cons, so it’s essential to weigh your options and consult with a trusted plastic surgeon to find the perfect match for your breast augmentation dreams!

What Are the Risks of Breast Implants?

It’s no secret that any surgical procedure has potential risks and complications, and breast implants are no exception. While the chances of experiencing significant problems are relatively low, knowing the risks associated with breast implants is essential. These can range from minor complications like swelling and bruising to more severe issues like infection, implant rupture or leakage, scarring, and changes in nipple sensation

However, it’s crucial to note that choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Chang significantly reduces the risk of complications. In addition, these experts have the experience, training, and skill set to ensure your safety and satisfaction throughout the breast implant journey. So, don’t let the risks scare you – do your due diligence and choose a trusted professional to help you achieve your dream look with confidence and peace of mind.

How to Prepare for Breast Implant Surgery?

To ensure a successful and stress-free experience, following a few simple steps leading up to your procedure is essential. Firstly, schedule a consultation with Dr. Chang to discuss your goals, expectations, and medical history. They will guide you through the process and provide detailed instructions on pre-surgery preparation, such as avoiding certain medications, supplements, and nicotine, to reduce the risk of complications. You may also be advised to get a mammogram or breast ultrasound to establish a baseline image for future reference. 

Additionally, arranging for a trusted friend or family member to drive you home after the procedure and stay with you for a day or two post-op is crucial. Finally, prepare your recovery space with comfortable clothing, plenty of pillows, and any other items you may need to make the recovery process as smooth as possible. By following these simple steps, you can confidently and efficiently prepare for your breast implant surgery.

What Can I Expect During Breast Implant Surgery?

The thought of breast implant surgery can be daunting, but fear not! The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep throughout the surgery. Once you’re comfortably sedated, your plastic surgeon will make a small incision either under your breast, around your nipple, or in your armpit, depending on the implant type and anatomy. 

They then create a pocket for the implant and carefully insert it, ensuring it is positioned correctly for optimal results. Once the implants are in place, the incisions will be closed, and you’ll be taken to a recovery room to wake up. The surgery typically takes one to two hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure. It’s normal to experience some pain, swelling, and discomfort in the days following surgery. Still, your plastic surgeon will provide detailed instructions on pain management, post-op care, and follow-up appointments.

Knowing what to expect during breast implant surgery, you can approach the procedure with confidence and peace of mind, knowing that you’re in the hands of a skilled and experienced professional.

What Is the Recovery Period for Breast Implant Surgery?

After breast implant surgery, it’s essential to take the time to recover correctly to ensure optimal results and minimize the risk of complications. The recovery period for breast implant surgery varies depending on the individual and the type of implant used but typically takes about four to six weeks. During this time, you will experience some pain, swelling, and discomfort, but your plastic surgeon will provide detailed instructions on pain management, post-op care, and activity restrictions. 

You must wear a special compression bra for a few weeks to support the healing process and ensure the implants remain in the proper position. You should also avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and exercise for at least four to six weeks to allow your body to heal correctly. Your plastic surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and ensure everything is healing. By following your surgeon’s instructions and taking the time to recover properly, you can expect to see beautiful and long-lasting results from your breast implant surgery.

Enhance Your Look with Breast Implant Surgery!

Ready to take the next step in enhancing your appearance with breast implant surgery? Look no further than the Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center expert team, led by Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang. With years of experience, state-of-the-art technology, and a commitment to patient satisfaction, we’re ready to help you achieve your dream look with confidence and peace of mind. From consultation to recovery, our team will guide you every step of the way, ensuring a safe and successful outcome. So don’t wait any longer to feel your best – contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn more about how we can help you enhance your look with breast implant surgery!

Meet us at 19500 Sandridge Way, Suite 350, Leesburg, VA 20176, or call us at (703) 574-4342 for a complimentary consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang before moving forward with your procedure! If everything matches up, our team will help you navigate the entire process from beginning to end! Also, remember to check out our blog and social media for more information on plastic surgery and plastic surgery trends!

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