Breast augmentation in Los Angeles is a fairly common procedure, but it isn’t the only breast surgery option there is. Many women enjoy the look and feel of having their chest enlarged, but both men and women may choose breast reduction surgery. Women may make the choice due to having small breasts or after breast cancer surgery. Males who are living as women or transitioning may choose the procedure to help their looks match their identification. Reduction surgery is often done for self-image reasons or to ease back and neck pain. Whatever the reason, it’s best to be well informed before having either procedure done. Here’s what doctors at Venice Beach Surgical Center want you to know before you choose breast augmentation or reduction.
Reasons to Have Breast Augmentation in Los Angeles
As mentioned above, there are many reasons why a person chooses breast augmentation. Men are in the minority, but generally, choose the surgery to match their lifestyle choices. For women, there are many reasons to have breast implants. Breast cancer reconstruction is one of them, but some women choose it to counteract the physical effects of pregnancy or breastfeeding. Some women simply want larger breasts or more symmetrical breasts. Regardless of the reason, it’s important that you know what to expect before you make your decision regarding the surgery.
Reasons to Have Breast Reduction Surgery
Unlike breast augmentation, which is primarily sought out by women, breast reduction surgery sees a lot of male patients. As noted above, large breasts can lead to back and neck pain or uncomfortable rashes beneath the breasts. Often, reducing their size can counteract both issues. Other reasons men and women seek breast reduction surgery include difficulty finding clothing that fits and a general poor self-image. Making the breasts smaller, especially in men, can help improve self-esteem and overall quality of life.
Risks of Breast Surgery
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks to consider with breast surgery. It’s always a good idea to discuss these possible complications with your surgeon before the procedure so you know what to look for and can take steps to minimize the risk. Possible complications include infection, pain, and tenderness in the area, asymmetry and scar tissue. Women who have breast surgery may experience trouble with breastfeeding and both men and women could lose sensation in the area. With breast augmentation, there’s the risk that you won’t like the way your breasts look after the surgery and that the implants may leak. Making sure you know these risks is important to be sure you’re ready to undergo the procedure.
Preparation for the Surgery
Men and women alike will need to follow their surgeon’s directions so they are fully prepared for the surgery on the big day. Smokers will have to abstain from cigarettes for some time before the surgery and food and drink will need to be limited the night before the surgery. You’ll want to wear warm, comfortable clothing for the surgery so you can move around and won’t get cold after it’s done. You’ll also need someone to be present at the surgery to drive you home and ensure that you have all of your post-op directions and supplies. Being fully prepared ensures positive results.
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
Having the right plastic surgeon is an important aspect of successful breast surgery. Choose a surgeon that is board certified and who has experience with doing augmentation or reduction. Ask to see before and after photos so you have a good idea of what you can expect in terms of results. Pay close attention to former patients who have a similar body size and shape to you so you can see what your chest might look like after the surgery. Make sure the clinic is accredited and that you feel comfortable with the staff. Visit the clinic beforehand and be sure you have a good rapport with the staff and that your questions and concerns are addressed in a timely and friendly manner. Make sure you understand what’s expected of you and that you know what the cost will be.
Recovery from Breast Implants
Recovery time varies from patient to patient so what’s normal for one may not be the same normal for you. For most patients, full recovery can be expected after two to six weeks. You’ll feel a little better each day with most of the recovery happening in the first week. You’ll have to stick with light activity and won’t be able to engage in strenuous exercise for the full recovery period. Your surgeon will outline what you can and can’t do so you can get the help you need during your healing time.
After the Surgery
Most breast implants last for about 10 years, though it can be shorter or longer based on your body and the type of implants you choose. For patients who have undergone breast reduction surgery, the final result may not be noticeable for several months as it can take that long for the swelling to go down after the surgery.