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The first step in planning your surgery will be a consultation with a surgeon, and an overall health evaluation to assess surgical risks. This includes a review of all health disorders, medications, and allergies, and may include a blood test and a consult with your primary care provider. If you’re over the age of 35 or have a family history of breast cancer, a baseline mammogram is also commonly recommended.
This is also the stage where you and your surgeon will start to discuss and decide on the type of breast implant, incision site, and implant placement.
The cost of breast augmentation surgeries can vary, and the implants will need to be replaced at some point as well. However, when evaluated over the average lifespan of a breast implant, many other personal expenses, like regular highlights at a high-end salon, are similar in cost. Financing through your bank or surgeon’s office may also be available.
Your surgeon will share an explanation of the surgery procedures with you and review the risks and complications that may arise. It’s important to stay informed every step of the way and remain confident in your decision. Leading up to your surgery, you will be provided a checklist for what to do before and after the surgery. This includes guidelines for eating, drinking, exercise, medication, and making arrangements for aftercare and transportation on the day of your surgery.
Asking your surgeon the right questions and sharing any concerns you may have are important steps in getting the individual results that are right for you.
Please consider the following important questions for discussion at your next consultation:
A transaxillary incision is concealed in the armpit and less noticeable. Some surgeons may use this approach to minimise the risk of scars on the breast, primarily in Asian patients.
The periareolar incision is performed on the border of the dark skin around your nipple. It’s a less commonly chosen incision and can be more challenging, but some surgeons prefer it for its good pocket access for all types of implants and good scar concealment.
An inframammary incision is placed in the fold beneath your breast, and is often recommended because it provides good access to most pocket locations, and precise control over where your breast implant will sit after surgery.
Your breast implant can be placed either wholly or partially under the pectoralis major ‘pec’ muscle (submuscular or dual plane, respectively), or on top of the muscle and under the breast glands (subglandular). Your surgeon will help you decide which placement location is best for you based on your goals and breast type.
Your experience during recovery is directly affected by what happens during your surgery. Shorter recovery times are now more common, thanks to advances in surgical techniques. During the immediate healing process (up to 3 months), it is generally recommended that you wear a post-operative surgical bra or breast binder to help stabilize the implants. Additionally you will be required to refrain from vigorous exercise or other activities. For more information on what you can expect during and after surgery, speak with your surgeon.
Nikki with NATRELLE® INSPIRA® breast implants