The Facts About Augmentation Surgeries
When you think of augmentation surgeries, you may automatically think of breast augmentation or implants, but these surgeries are available to enhance many other parts of the body. You might be interested in lip augmentation, or might choose cheek augmentation to better shape your face.
There are also implants and augmentations that can be done on the calves for a more defined and toned look, or certain augmentation surgeries done on the abdomen or even the buttocks.
Before you decide if any augmentation surgery is right for you, it’s imperative that you consider all the risk factors involved and are sure you understand complications as well as expected results. Cosmetic surgery is part medicine but part art form; a skilled surgeon needs to sculpt and shape the materials used for augmenting so that they look natural and so that they give you the results you desire.
When meeting with a surgeon, ask about complications and risk factors for your procedure in particular. Typically the more complicated the process, the more risk factors. As an example, a lip augmentation may involve a few small injections with little risk of bleeding or infection, but an augmentation along the calves may involve more cutting and stitches and so more risk factors.
The desired result also needs to be considered, and you want to check your surgeon’s before-and-after pictures as well as pictures you find elsewhere so you know you are getting an honest evaluation of results. Many assume that lip augmentations will give them a sexy pout but too much augmentation will mean an unnatural look. The same is true for any augmentation procedure you have; you need to understand what you can reasonably expect by way of results so you are not disappointed. Calf implants may give you a more sculpted and defined look, but rarely will you resemble an athlete with your augmentation.
In some cases you may also need to get a series of augmentations over time as the results wear off. Collagen may break down in the body so your lip augmentation process may need to be repeated every six months or at least annually so you maintain your results. This is a consideration as to time and cost and even the pain and discomfort of the procedure.
It’s also good to investigate the materials being used for augmentation surgeries. Natural substances like collagen are not dangerous but some procedures use actual implants made of plastic, silicone, or another material. These may cause scar tissue to develop and they cause the skin to pucker and fold around the implant itself. There is a risk of leakage such as for silicone implants used for buttock augmentation.
Only after you have spoken to your surgeon at length should you decide if augmentation surgery is right for you. Consider the cost and the risk factors and the results you can expect, and then you can consider if it’s the right choice for you.