If you are considering breast augmentation, it is important to prepare yourself adequately for the procedure. Fortunately, the internet is chock-full of resources to help you prepare, including several breast augmentation procedure videos. Admittedly, the most revealing videos are quite graphic, and many people simply don’t have the stomach for it, but if you can handle it, then it would be helpful to learn exactly what will happen.
It is worth noting that a typical procedure is performed under general anesthesia, so you won’t be awake for your own procedure. As such, you may wonder whether watching such videos is worth it. However, watching a surgical video, particularly that of a procedure performed by your surgeon, could help increase your confidence in his or her level of skill when you observe the final result. In addition, if you can sit through the video without changing your mind about surgery, then you are probably psychologically prepared for it.
During consultation, your surgeon will walk you through the different aspects of the surgery, and some decisions you will need to make. For instance, you will need to decide on the type of implant you want. You could choose between saline or silicone gel implants, which can be smooth or textured.
You will also need to discuss the most appropriate surgical approach for you based on your needs and preferences. For instance, since different approaches result in different types of scars, you will need to decide what type of scar you would rather live with. Another decision you will make is whether to have the implants placed behind your breast muscle or under your breast tissue. Dr Tavakoli will discuss both options, including their benefits, and you can choose what you prefer based on the advice you receive. The implant placement will also be influenced by the size of the implants and desired income.
Most people assume that the most critical part of breast augmentation surgery is the procedure itself, but even more critical is the recovery period. When the implants are put in, the incision sites are stitched and drainage tubes may be used to get rid of any fluid that accumulates in the area during initial recovery. You will also be bandaged and sent home with a surgical bra, and pain medication will be prescribed. It is critical to follow your surgeon’s post-op instructions to avoid any complications, keeping in mind that problems such as infection could compromise the results and lead to additional surgery.
The results of breast augmentation surgery are immediately visible, as you will see in any breast augmentation procedure video. However, complete recovery will take a couple of weeks, and you are advised to take a couple of days off to rest and allow the swelling to subside. You should expect some soreness for up to 2 weeks, and avoid strenuous activities or rigorous exercise for the next 6 months for the best results.