The importance of breasts to the human appearance is a testament to how our bodies extend beyond mere biological functions. Larger breasts have been an envied feature on-and-off for ages, so much so that a trend during various periods in history dating back from Cleopatra VII, had women using blue-hued paint or dye to emphasize or fake translucence and fullness in their decolletage. One hypothesized reason for this odd beauty trend was that the painted veins would give the appearance of bulging, fuller breasts.
Beauty trends and modifications of all sorts, from blue vein-liner to poisonous makeup to corsets and brassieres, have been aimed towards pushing and shaping the breasts to the fickle trends of history. In this modern age, we are far more fortunate to be able to enlarge our breasts to any desired size and shape we want without these devices. There are less messy, more practical, more permanent, and much safer methods to a fuller, beautiful bust.
What Are My Options?
Breast augmentation, colloquially known as a “boob job”, uses surgery to set up breast implants to replenish the lost volume in a patient’s breasts. There’s a choice of saline or silicone implants, then a patient’s physical features, as well as their expectations and the implants themselves, need to be analyzed to find the best position for the implants. Once the implants are in, the incisions are sutured closed to heal, and a special bra is usually provided to ensure the augmented implants don’t shift or cause any further physical damage.
A breast implant revision is a procedure to fix the results of a previous breast augmentation surgery. This could be due to capsular contracture, implants that have shifted or tore open, or simply to replace the implants to change the size, shape, or style. Whether or not there are physical issues with your health or with the implants, an implant revision can be requested whenever.
Perhaps an implant revision may not be enough to remedy the damage? A breast implant exchange is in order, and there are several more reasons for a full exchange. These include the implants aging out, a change in health or personal preference, leaks, wrinkling or rippling, unevenness, scar tissue forming from the initial augmentation, and better shapes or better technology.
The Good, the Bad, and the Busty
Technology is the new frontier to a bigger, better bust; a far cry from the bandeaus and chest bindings of the past. Each procedure comes with its own pros and cons list, and every patient looking to improve her bosom will be different and will need personalized care.
Thanks to the diligence, the patience, the study, and the small sacrifices of the past, these methods are safer, but these surgeries are not without their downsides.
Breast Augmentation Pros & Cons
Breast augmentations are generally safe, seamless procedures, but it is a surgery, which means scarring can happen and will show if the incisions are not in well-hidden places.
Infection, pain, misalignment of the implants, unexpected bleeding or hematoma, loss of feeling in the nipples, and scar tissue forming under the incisions are things to take into account when considering an augmentation.
The recovery period for breast enhancement is six weeks, during which wearing bras and exercise are discouraged to allow the implants to naturally settle and not be shaken around, to avoid the risk of mispositioning, asymmetry, and tearing of the breast tissue.
Breast Implant Revision Pros & Cons
Breast implant revisions take a little less time to recover from, around one to two weeks, and many sutures are beneath the skin and may forego the hassle of being removed.
Revisions are another surgery, so this procedure also comes with the risk of pain, infections, bleeding, and scarring.
This procedure also takes the same six weeks to heal completely as a regular augmentation would, but work can be resumed in a week or two, and exercise can be attempted after four weeks.
Breast Implant Exchange Pros & Cons
A breast implant exchange takes out the old implants and puts in the new, and boasts less pain and less time than the first breast augmentation you’ll have.
Even as the incision is made in the inframammary fold beneath the breast, the usual risks of surgery can be an issue, which includes pain, scarring, bleeding, infections, and loss of sensation.
Recovery is about two to three days after the procedure, with the sutures not needing to be removed as they’ll be hidden within the incision, and this procedure can be accompanied by a breast lift if you’d like to show off your beautiful, newly improved bust.
Contact Us Today
Safety is the number one priority of all good doctors and medics, especially for cosmetic treatments. Dr. Paul Vitenas has a record of 500+ breast-related surgeries under his belt, and this factoid is bolstered by his career, his unique methods, and his many grateful, happy patients. Dr. Vitenas and the medical team of the Vitenas Cosmetic Center have the expertise, the patience, and the care to administer a breast augmentation, a breast implant revision, a breast implant exchange, or any other breast-related treatments you could be seeking.
Contact his Houston practice today at (281) 484-0088, or schedule a consultation online.