Deciding to undergo breast augmentation can feel daunting; choosing a surgeon and preparing for invasive surgery can be anxiety-inducing for many people. However, Barrett Plastic Surgery has some of the best breast augmentation surgeons in California who offer multiple types of procedures to meet any patient’s needs.Specializing in natural breast enhancement surgery, the doctors use specialized methods and state-of-the-art technology to achieve superior results.
From implants or fat transfers to reductions and tuberous breast correction, breast augmentation is an umbrella term that refers to any cosmetic procedure that alters the appearance of the breast/chest area. It’s one of the most popular types of plastic surgery as it can be gender-affirming, it can help restore bodies after pregnancy, and it can relieve the pain of having an oversized chest. Even if a patient simply wants a different chest for purely aesthetic purposes, breast augmentation can boost confidence and change lives.
There are many different types of breast augmentation depending on the desired results. Implants are most heavily associated with “boob jobs,” and it remains a tried and true option for those opting for a significant increase in cup size that guarantees a round, lifted, and voluminous chest. However, in recent years, there’s been an upswing in breast explant surgery and a desire for more natural routes for augmentation. As natural aesthetics have risen in popularity and cases of Breast Implant Illness increase, people are looking for alternatives. Most commonly, surgeons use fat grafting methods using the patient’s fat cells to create plumper and larger breasts with natural-looking results, though this option can only add about one more cup size so it’s important to have realistic expectations. In other cases, especially for Mommy Makeovers or breast reductions, some patients prefer a simple lift to help with the look of a perkier, youthful chest. Lifts are also often combined with fat transfer to the breasts, achieving the same perkiness and fullness without adding implants.
There are risks and benefits to any breast augmentation procedure. Like all surgeries, patients should be aware of the dangers of bleeding, scarring, infection, and other complications. There’s the risk of rupture, capsular contracture, or rejection for breast augmentations with implants. The best way to avoid these risks is by choosing a qualified, board-certified, and skilled surgeon with a record of successful surgeries. A competent surgeon will review a patient’s medical history and run pre-op tests before the procedure. The patient and surgeon will collaborate to create an individualized treatment plan by discussing goals and reasonable outcomes. The surgeon will also walk the patient step by step through what will occur during the surgery, depending on the chosen procedure. Things like anesthesia, pain management, suture care, surgeon fees, and financing options, including insurance, should also be discussed before the operation.
Post-op care is as crucial as pre-op consultations — a qualified surgeon will give the patient specific recovery instructions to ensure a safe healing process. Patients should prepare to adjust their lives to have ample downtime as they recover and have time to attend follow-up appointments. Maintenance and upkeep will depend on the type of procedure; those who go the fat transfer route can expect permanent results, while those who choose implants will need to replace the implants after about ten years.
Overall, there are so many different types of breast augmentation that the endless options can be overwhelming. But, by researching procedures, finding a skilled surgeon, and cultivating realistic goals and expectations, the decision to undergo breast enhancement is easier now more than ever.
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