Breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical breast enlargement procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts for several reasons:
- To enhance the body contour of a woman who, for personal reasons, feels her breast size is too small.
- To correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy.
- To balance a difference in breast size.
- As a reconstructive technique following breast surgery.
Types of Breast Implants
A breast implant is a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or a salt-water solution known as saline.
Breast Augmentation Procedure
Your surgery will be done under general anaesthesia in a hospital, from which you will be discharged the same day or the next day at most. The incision can be made either in the crease where the breast meets the chest or around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). Working through the incision, the surgeon will lift your breast tissue and skin to create a pocket, behind the breast tissue. The implants are then centred beneath your nipples.
The surgery usually takes two hours to complete.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
You’ll be up and around in 24 to 48 hours. You should be able to return to work within a few days, depending on the level of activity required for your job.
For many women, the result of breast augmentation is satisfying, even exhilarating, as they learn to appreciate their fuller appearance. Those with smaller breasts may not be able to wear the clothes they wish and may feel inadequate. If this sounds familiar, then our breast enlargement treatment can improve the shape and symmetry of the breasts, give you a more balanced figure while ensuring you have a natural-looking breast shape.
Risks involved in Breast Augmentation Surgery
An uncommon problem, capsular contracture, occurs if the scar or capsule around the implant begins to tighten. Capsular contracture can be treated in several ways.
As with any surgical procedure, a small percentage of women may develop an infection.
There is no evidence that breast implants will affect fertility, pregnancy, or your ability to nurse.
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Usually, it is recommended to rest for a week before resuming any sports activity like gym or exercise, to avoid the possibility of bleeding, movement of the implant as it may impinge on the wound.
In Breast Augmentation Surgery, we have the freedom to choose the size of the breast implants individually for each breast. Hence, if you are doing breast augmentation surgery to correct Breast Asymmetry or Unequal Breast Sizes, then we can choose the implants differently so that the breast difference in size can be matched.
While choosing the breast implant size, we should always remember that, size of the breast depends on the size of the shoulders, the waist and the height of the patient. Hence, surgeons advise to choose implant size based on height and weight.
Breast Implants Placements options include sub-muscular placement and sub-glandular placement. A sub-muscular placement goes under the pectoral muscle and this positioning is recommended if you are very lean because the muscle can conceal implant characteristics, edges and rippling may be less visible. Sub glandular placement goes behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle. The advantages of this include a better cosmetic result with no interference with pectoralis muscle function and no requirement for stretching of muscle for the implant to settle into its final position.
Breast Augmentation can be done in two ways: Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation and Breast Implant Surgery. Fat transfer is the surgical process by which fat is transferred from excess fat area of the body hips, thighs or abdomen to the breast area. But this is limited to patients who are a dress size of UK10 and only desire a modest increase in size. On the other hand, breast implants can be used to increase breast size – in theory, to any extent – in all patients. While a small minority of patients request saline implants, the most common implants used are silicone gel implants which can be round, or teardrop-shaped.
For the age group below 45 years, generally round breast implants are recommended to use, whereas the teardrop implant is used for age group above 50 years.
No. Any breast surgery doesn’t affect the functionality of the breast itself. The women can still breast feed and exercise all her motherhood quite normally.
Breast Augmentation recovery includes slight discomfort, soreness in the breast after the surgery. With proper medication and rest and you’ll be up and around in 24 to 48 hours.
It is important to remember that although breast implants don’t have an expiry date; it isn’t guaranteed that they will last forever. Saline or silicone implants should only be expected to last 10 to 15 years at the most so you must bear in mind that this two-hour procedure is not a surgery that you will do just once in your lifetime.