Breast aesthetic surgery is one of the parts of the body that women want to change the most. With breast aesthetic operation, a more aesthetic and natural appearance can be obtained by correcting the size, shape, sagging, and symmetry of the breasts. However, there are some important points that you should know before having a breast aesthetic operation. Here are 10 questions and answers that you should ask before having a breast aesthetic operation:
1. What is breast aesthetics and for whom is it a suitable operation?
Breast aesthetics is the surgical reshaping of the breast tissue. With breast aesthetic operation, breasts can be reduced, enlarged or erected. Suitable candidates for breast aesthetic surgery are:
- Those who are not satisfied with the size or shape of their breasts
- Those with large size or shape differences between their breasts
- Those who have sagging breasts or have lost volume
- Those who experience physical or psychological discomfort due to their breasts
- Those who want to reconstruct their breasts after breast cancer treatment
2. How is the breast aesthetic operation performed and what techniques are used?
Breast aesthetic procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 2-3 hours. The techniques used in the operation vary according to the breast size, shape, skin quality and the patient’s expectations. In the operation, the breast tissue is reshaped, excess skin is removed and the nipple is placed. In addition, silicone implants can be used for breast augmentation.
3. Which type of implant should be chosen in breast aesthetic operation and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
Breast implants are prostheses made of silicone outer shell and inner filling material. Silicone gel or physiological saline can be used as an internal filling material. The shape of the implants can be round or drop (anatomical). Implant selection is made according to the patient’s body structure, breast condition, and desired appearance.
The advantages of implants are:
- Gives volume and fullness to the breast
- Improves the shape of the breast
- Corrects the asymmetry between the breasts
- Gives the breast a natural appearance
The disadvantages of implants are:
- Surgical risks such as infection, bleeding, wound healing problems
- There may be stiffness, pain, and deformity in the breast due to the formation of abnormal scar tissue called capsule contracture.
- In case of implant rupture or leakage, a second operation may be required.
Implants have a limited lifespan and may need to be replaced over time
4. What should be considered after the breast aesthetic procedure and how is the healing process?
After the breast aesthetic operation, one stays in the hospital for one night and is discharged the next day. There may be swelling, bruising, pain and tenderness in the breasts after the operation. These symptoms subside within a few weeks. After the operation, it is necessary to wear a special bra and take precautions such as not lifting heavy or exercising. Stitches are usually removed after 10-15 days. The healing process varies from person to person, but is usually completed within 6 weeks.
5. Can complications such as breast deformity, infection, capsule contracture occur after breast aesthetic surgery?
Although rare, some complications can be seen after breast aesthetic surgery. These include:
- Deformity: There may be conditions such as asymmetry, collapse, scarring or implant slippage in the breasts. In these cases, a corrective operation may be required.
- Infection: If symptoms such as redness, temperature increase, discharge or fever occur in the breasts after the operation, the infection should be considered. In case of infection, antibiotic treatment or implant removal may be required.
- Capsule contracture: Abnormal growth and hardening of the scar tissue around the implant. In this case, there may be problems such as pain, deformity, and feeling of the implant in the breast. In case of capsule contracture, implant replacement or removal may be required.
6. How are conditions such as breastfeeding, breast cancer screening, and pregnancy affected after breast aesthetic surgery?
Conditions such as breastfeeding, breast cancer screening, and pregnancy are generally not affected after breast aesthetic surgery. However, in some cases the following problems may occur:
- Breastfeeding: Breast tissue or nerves may be damaged during breast augmentation surgery, which may affect milk production or flow. In this case, breastfeeding may become difficult or impossible.
- Breast cancer screening: There may be changes in the breast tissue after breast aesthetic surgery, which may complicate the interpretation of imaging methods such as mammography. For this reason, women who have a breast aesthetic operation should inform their doctors about this before having a mammogram.
- Pregnancy: Breast enlargement and sagging may occur in women who become pregnant after breast aesthetic surgery. In this case, the shape and appearance of the breasts may deteriorate and a second operation may be required.
7. What should be done to preserve the natural appearance of the breasts after the breast aesthetic operation?
In order to preserve the natural appearance of the breasts after the breast aesthetic procedure, the following should be considered:
- The recommendations given by the doctor should be followed: Precautions such as wearing the bra recommended by the doctor, not lifting heavy, not exercising, and not smoking should be taken.
- Breast health should be paid attention to: In order to reduce the risk of breast cancer, habits such as regular breast examination, mammography, healthy eating, and avoidance of stress should be adopted.
- It should be protected from the sun: Sun rays can cause effects such as aging, stains, and wrinkles on the skin. For this reason, it is necessary to use high-factor sunscreen and wear clothes such as a hat or swimsuit to protect the breasts from the sun.
8. Are symptoms such as pain, tenderness, and swelling in the breasts normal after breast aesthetic surgery?
Symptoms such as pain, tenderness, and swelling in the breasts are normal after the breast aesthetic procedure and will pass within a few weeks. To reduce these symptoms, it may be helpful to use the pain medication prescribed by the doctor, apply ice compresses, and to wear a special bra. However, if the symptoms are severe or persist for a long time, an infection or other complication should be considered and a doctor should be consulted.
9. When does the shape and size of the breasts settle after breast aesthetic surgery and how long does it last?
After the breast aesthetic procedure, the shape and size of the breasts do not settle immediately. It is necessary to wait a few weeks for the swelling and bruises on the breasts to subside. It takes about 6 months for the breasts to take their final shape. The shape and size of the breasts are usually permanent after breast aesthetic surgery, but factors such as aging, weight change, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can cause changes in the breasts.
10. What kind of doctor should the person who will have the breast aesthetic procedure choose and according to which criteria should he decide?
The person who will have the breast aesthetic procedure should definitely choose a doctor who is a plastic surgeon. The doctor’s education, experience, references, and previous work should be taken into account. In addition, it is important that the doctor listens to the patient, understands their expectations, answers their questions, and offers alternatives during the meeting with the doctor. The patient also needs to trust the doctor and feel comfortable.