If you’re thinking about having breast augmentation, the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure, it’s important to carefully consider everything from sizing and proportion to implant options to recovery and aftercare. Here are a few of the secrets to breast augmentation success:
Proper sizing of your implants is a crucial step in achieving a successful outcome. Purchase a bra that you want to fill upon completion of the surgery. Take the bra to the doctor’s office prior to surgery and try different size implants with different types of clothing.
Pick out photographs from the Internet or magazines to demonstrate the size you prefer. It will be helpful to pick out one too large, one too small, and one as close as possible to the ideal size.
Think about your specific body type. Picking an implant size that is too large for your frame will make them look unnatural, and it may be more likely that they may start to sag prematurely.
Take advantage of the amazing technology available that lets you “try on” your new look before surgery. The online 3D Visualizer by Mentor at loveyourlook.com/visualizer/ uses a photo of yourself to create an example of how breast implants may transform your body. Also, the Mentor Volume Sizing System allows you to try on contoured inserts in various volumes and sizes during your consultation.
Use the “rice test” at home to experiment with sizing. Fill a zipper bag with rice and place beneath your bra to see how it looks. This also allows you to understand how that extra weight feels on your chest and shoulders.
Make sure you understand the qualities and pros and cons of each type of implant. Saline implants are filled with saline, typically at the time of surgery; they tend to feel firmer than silicone implants. Silicone implants are prefilled with silicone gel, which is a thick, sticky fluid that mimics the feel of natural tissue.
Your individual muscle stiffness or looseness is important to consider when choosing implant type. In most cases, there is little to no discernible difference between the appearance of breasts augmented with saline versus silicone, but there could be a slightly greater chance of visible rippling or wrinkling with saline implants. The chances of this are reduced when implants are inserted under the pectoral muscle.
Immediately after surgery, you may not be able to raise arms above the head, but you probably will be able to do most things unassisted by the second day. Patients can usually return to a desk job five to seven days after the procedure. Two weeks may be required for jobs that require exertion, such as food server or flight attendant.
Much of the success of and recovery depends on taking the proper steps for excellent aftercare. Doing the right types of stretches and massage techniques consistently following the procedure is crucial.
Wear a good, high-quality sports bra after surgery. It should have plenty of structural support and you should wear it every day during the weeks after surgery.
Summer is making an early arrival, with poolside lounging, beach walks and outdoor parties already in full swing. But before spending too many days basking in the warm glow of the sun, it’s important to give your skin a little prep time to help it look fabulous right into fall.
Roseanne Warchola, medical esthetician at Vinings Surgery Center, shares a few of her keys to keeping skin healthy and radiant throughout the season:
Use a topical Vitamin C serum along with sunscreen for added protection from damaging UV rays. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that fights free radicals, the molecules responsible for aging and tissue damage. Vitamin C also enhances collagen production. It’s also able to prevent and reverse sun damage, including wrinkles.
It’s often said, but well worth repeating: Wear sunscreen daily. If you are going to be spending a large amount of time in the sun, stick with SPF 30 and reapply every 30 minutes. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen on your lips, too!
Ditch the sodas and energy drinks and replace them with good old-fashioned water. You’ll see the difference in your skin in less than two weeks.
In order to help with summertime sun protection, Vitamin C Serum and Advanced Protection SPF 30 are being offered at 20% off at Vinings Surgery Center this month. For more information about treatment or to make an appointment, call (770) 955-9000 or visit www.colgrove.com.
Whether you got with saline or silicone breast implants is a matter of personal choice. But before you decide which is right for you, it’s important to make sure you understand the qualities and pros and cons of each.
Saline implants are filled with saline, typically at the time of surgery. These tend to feel firmer than silicone implants.
Silicone implants are prefilled with silicone gel, which is a thick, sticky fluid that mimics the feel of natural tissue.
In most cases, there is little to no discernible difference between the appearance of breasts augmented with saline versus silicone, but there could be a slightly greater chance of visible rippling or wrinkling with saline implants. The chances of this are reduced when implants are inserted under the pectoral muscle. For this reason, each patient’s individual muscle stiffness or looseness is important to consider when choosing implant type.
One of the most important things you can do to ensure the results you’re envisioning after breast augmentation surgery is also the simplest: wear a good, high-quality sports bra.
Much of the success of and recovery from this type of procedure depends on the patient taking the proper steps for excellent after-care. Doing the right types of stretches and massage techniques consistently following the procedure is crucial. So is getting the correct bra with plenty of structural support and wearing it every day during the weeks after surgery. Two of the sports bras Dr. Colgrove prefers for his patients are made by Under Armour and Champion.
The fantastic staff of nurses at Vinings Surgery Center can provide detailed guidance and thorough, individualized after-care. Give them a call at 770-955-9000 with any questions or to set up a personal consultation.
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