Mammoplasty or more commonly known as breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure where breast implants are used in order to alter the size, shape or texture of a woman’s breasts. And while the first breast enlargement procedure was performed somewhere in the 19th century, nowadays these procedures are quite common with nearly 300,000 procedures performed every year in the United States. Of course, regardless of the advanced technology and professional surgeons, this operation is quite complex. So, whether you’re considering breast enlargement or are simply curious about it, these are some of the things you probably didn’t (but should) know about it:
While it falls into the category of surgical procedures, unfortunately, the cost of cosmetic surgeries isn’t typically covered by health insurance. This being said it’s important to realise that breast augmentation can turn out to be quite a pricy endeavour, not fit for everyone’s wallet. According to the American Society of Breast Augmentation, the average cost of mammoplasty augmentation is $3,708 (not including additional costs of facilities, surgical supplies and anaesthesia.) Of course, the prices may vary depending on the country and area you live in, the surgeon and other similar factors but they undoubtedly make a substantial amount.
You Can Make a Choice
Those who decide to undergo this procedure should be aware of the fact that they can make a choice between saline and silicone implants. The differences between the two can be observed from a both technical and financial aspect. Implants filled with the sterile saline solution are known to produce great results in terms of texture, contour and size but are also prone to rippling and wrinkling. On the other hand, implants filled with viscous silicone gel are noted as technically superior to saline implants, but because of the inability to detect leaks, it’s required to undergo an MRI approximately every three years. Regarding the costs of the implants, because of the manufacturing process, silicone implants cost nearly $1000 more than saline ones.
Quite similar to undergoing any routine surgery, breast augmentation also requires some downtime after it’s finished. While the amount of time needed for the wounds to heal is not quite long, it’s recommended to take at least one week to fully recover. When it comes to physical activity after the surgery, it’s best to abstain from any high-intensity exercising and hard physical labour at least three months afterwards.
There Are Risks
Every surgical procedure carries a decent amount of risk with it, and cosmetic surgery is no different. Some of the most common risks include infections during surgery, breakage of the implants, as well as loss of feeling in the nipple area. It’s also possible to experience discomfort from the tightening of the capsule which can easily be resolved by a capsular contracture treatment. Another common risk is a patient being unsatisfied with the final outcome of the surgery, which can, not rarely, bring to having their implants removed. It’s also important to note that enlarged breasts can cause different postural problems later on, as a result of augmented breasts pulling the weight of the spine and the back. This is a common occurrence with larger natural breasts as well, which is a common reason for breast reduction in women.
While there has always been a fair amount of controversy regarding the topic of breast implants, it’s safe to say that more people worldwide have become more tolerant about the subject. Naturally, as any procedure of this type, it has its strong points, as well as its disadvantages, but once you find an experienced professional, inform yourself about all the aspects regarding the surgery and prepare yourself both psychologically and physically, you’ll have no problems with undertaking a step like this.