Breast augmentation (Boob jobs) to this day remain one the most common plastic surgeries. Voluptuous breasts have been a sign of womanhood and fertility throughout the ages and are still considered as one of the sexiest and most desired attributes of a woman. Women go under the knife for three main reasons: increasing breast size due to aesthetic purpose, reconstructive surgery following trauma and fixing developmental defects.
Silicone or Saline?
There are two types of implants: silicone and saline. Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel, while saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. While silicone implants supposedly feel more natural, they are also more prone to complications and are generally less safe than the saline ones. A breast augmentation surgery will cost you anywhere between 5000 $ and 10.000$. Additionally, silicone implants cost an average of 1000 $ more.
How is the procedure done?
The patient is given general anesthesia and is not awake during the procedure which lasts one to two hours. Depending on the type of implant and the individual patient, the surgeon will cut under the breast, around the nipple or under the arms to insert the implants. The implant is placed through the incision into a pocket, bellow or above the chest muscle, and closed up with stitches when the implants are in place. After surgery the breasts are covered with gauze and the patient will be required to wear a surgical bra while they heal. Healing is painful and uncomfortable, requiring some patients to resolve to over the counter pain killers. It’s necessary to hold off any physical activity and heavy lifting during the healing process. With the correct aftercare, the swelling goes down and the scars disappear within a few weeks.
A few things to remember
Like any surgery, Breast augmentation does not come without any risk involved. As silicone is poisonous to the body it is necessary for a woman to get an MRI scan every two years to ensure her implants are intact. Surgery might also affect the ability to breastfeed.
Some patients suffer from post-surgery complications like the loss of sensitivity in the nipple area and persisting pains. It’s also important to remember that the majority of women that undergo the surgery must eventually follow up with additional procedures. The longer the implants are in place, the higher the risk of complications. Most common complications are damaged leaking implants and the development of a scar shell around it; both requiring the implants to be either removed or replaced with new ones.
No surgery, cosmetic or not, comes without risk. It is important to review all the data before deciding to undergo a breast augmentation. It might not fit into every woman’s lifestyle and the cons might outweigh the pros. Many women, however, are extremely happy with their results and claim the procedure has massively improved their quality of life.