In an ideal world, none of us would feel self-conscious about our bodies. Alas, many of us do and seek out ways to change our appearances, whether it be hair colour, overall fitness levels, or cosmetic changes. For women, one of the most common insecurities can be their breasts.
Breast Augmentation is one of the most performed cosmetic surgeries women have done. Almost 200,000 women got them done last year alone.
If you’re thinking about breast implants, here’s some information for you to know ahead of time.
Do Implants Pop?
In the past, the majority of breast augmentations were done with saltwater saline breast implants. These implants, while popular, often saw collapse and needed replacing every 10-12 years.
Modern boob jobs often favor silicone implants, also known as “gummy bear” implants, named for the thick gel texture of the material within the casing. As these implants contain a far thicker material, leakage risks are far reduced and often come with a warranty of their structural integrity. Still, it’s best to frequently inspect your breasts a few times per month, note any changes to the size and shape of your breasts, and call your doctor if there are any signs of swelling, soreness, or other sensations around your implants.
Getting an MRI every few years is also recommended, as they effectively detect ruptures in implants that you may not have noticed yourself.
When’s the Best Time for a Boob Job?
The best time for breast augmentation is any time you feel ready for one. But if you’re looking for a little more specific timeframe, winter is generally a more convenient time to do so for several reasons.
Firstly, breast augmentation can take up to four to six months to fully heal with no visible signs of surgery. Getting your breasts done in the winter will have them ready to show off when it comes time to show them off in bathing suits or other lighter summer apparel, compared to the bundling up we do in winter.
Similarly, loose fighting comfortable clothes are recommended during recovery, as you’ll likely be wearing supports such as bandages or bras, which restricting clothes can irritate. Covering up with loose sweaters and coats not only hide bruising but assist in your comfort.
Can you still breastfeed after a boob job? The answer, in general, is yes.
During a breast augmentation, the implants are inserted underneath the muscles and glands of the breasts. As there is no severing of nerves between the glands and nipple, milk production is often unaffected by the surgery.
However, some seeking breast augmentation also seeks to change the shape of their areolas to be more symmetrical. To do this, incisions are made around the nipple, which can damage the sensory nerves that trigger milk production. The feeling of suckling stimulates these nerves, so lack of feeling may reduce milk from being created.
In terms of safety for the baby, there has been no evidence suggesting having a boob job causes any risks to infants during breastfeeding, backed by the CDC and the American Board of Paediatrics.
How Much Does a Boob Job Cost?
The price can vary depending on the type of implant used, as silicone implants cost on average $1000 more than saline. Generally speaking, a breast implant can be anywhere between 8000 to $12,000 to complete.
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