Breast augmentation is also known as breast enlargement. That operation can be applied to small breasts or breasts that used to be larger by using an implant beneath the breasts.
There are two types of replacement of the implant:
- Subglandular placement, known as behind the breasts.
- Submuscular placement, known as behind the muscle.
Behind the Breast
The simplest way of breast augmentation procedures is known as placing the implant behind the breast. Discomfort risks are pretty inconsiderable. Patients with slightly dropping breasts are also eligible for this application.
Behind the Muscles
Especially for slender patients, or patients who have relatively little breast tissue, submucsular placement is considered due to the tendency to develop rippling or a waviness in the skin overlying the implant. This insertion increases the padding over implant for more coverage and camouflage.
What Type of Implants do We use?
We use mostly Allergan or Mentor silicone implants.
Choosing the right Implant Size
During your preoperative consultation, your surgeon will conduct you to choose the right implant size according to your chest wall, your existing breast volume and breast tissue. Your needs and your own view will also be helpful for the surgeon to know towards which size you should go for to obtain a natural looking breasts.
Choosing the right Implant Shape
The shape of implants can either be round or teardrop shaped. Your surgeon will help you to get your desired outcome by choosing the best shape that fits your frame.
Surgery and post surgical recovery
Breast augmentation surgery usually takes about 1 or 2 hours, and is done under general anesthesia. The patients stay at the hospital for a night after the breast implant operation. Post-operative pain is easily controlled. Your chest may feel tight and your breasts may be tender. Depending of the patient's daily-life activity, she can usually be back to her normal life at 1-week post-operative and should be back to full exercise within six weeks.
The surgical scars should develop around 6-weeks post-operative, and fade within months.
Every operation comes with a risk. Eventhough unavoidable complications may occur, serious complications are quite rare with this operation. This article aims to give you general information about the operation in question. In order to make the correct decision, we highly recommend you to make a detailed research about possible risks and complication of the procedure. Please note that complications occur more frequently with patients who are obese, smoke, and have a history of lung or other chronic underlying medical conditions.
Smokers have a higher risk of post operative healing problems and expected to be less immune to infection. Smokers also are more likely to suffer operative and post operative bleeding. It is strongly advised for patients to stop smoking for two weeks before and after surgery. Eventhough this may help, please note that, stopping to smoke for short period of time will not be enough to eliminate risks of long term smoking. Smoking also has a contrary effect on the skin.