We understand that patients have questions about their surgery throughout the process and no matter how much detail we include in this brochure, it will not compare to the level of advice you can receive from a private consultation with a specialist cosmetic surgeon. This brochure is simply an introduction; we would always advise that you take the time to sit down with a specialist cosmetic surgeon to fully discuss a procedure, along with any associated benefits or risks.
It is extremely common for women to be dissatisfied with the size and shape of their breasts. Breast Augmentation (also known as Breast Enlargement, Augmentation Mammoplasty, Breast Implantation or simply a Boob Job) involves placing an artificial implant into the breast in orderto increase the breast size and to produce a degree of lift where necessary.
Why do Women Seek Breast Augmentation?
Who is Suitable for Breast Augmentation?
Procedures and Methods
Breast enlargement is usually performed under general anaesthesia. However, a small number of surgeons prefer the use of local anaesthesia with sedation. Most patients stay in hospital overnight. If drains are not used, then the burgery may be performed as a day case. There are a number of means to insert a breast implant. First, there are three common types of incision. It is a matter of patient and surgeon preference as to which is used. The most common incisions include an inframammary incision (in the crease under
the breast), an axillary incision (in the underarm area), or a periareolar incision placed at the edge of the areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple). Incision patterns vary based on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, patient anatomy, and patient and surgeon preference.
Through the incisions, a pocket is created either directly behind the breast tissue (submammary or subglandular placement) or beneath the pectoral muscle and on top of the chest wall (submuscular placement). The implant is positioned within this pocket and incisions are closed with layered, non-removable sutures in the breast tissue and with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin.
What are the risk of Breast Augmentation?
Delayed wound healing may occur in persons with diabetes, history of radiation, autoimmune disease or smokers. Other complications include capsular contracture, bleeding, infection, or irregularity of the skin. It is important to have a thorough medical evaluation beforehand to address these potential risks. You also need to know that even a small hole in an implant can cause the saline to leak out, resulting in a "flat” implant and necessitating surgical replacement. This is completely avoidable, however, by taking
After the Surgery
Initial healing may include swelling and discomfort at the incision sites and in breast tissue overall. Discomfort is common and can be controlled with medication. A support bra may be recommended around the clock for the first week or two. It is important to cleanse the incision sites and apply any ointment as directed. Follow all instructions carefully; this is essential to the success of your outcome. A return to light, normal activity is possible as soon as you feel ready, usually within a day or two of surgery.Initial wound healing may take 5 to 10 days, at which time any sutures will be removed. You will be ready to return to work and normal activity at this time, if you feel comfortable, so long as you do not engage in any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise. Intimate contact with breasts may resume when healing has more fully completed, usually within 4 to 6 weeks. Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling dissipates, implant position settles and incisions lines continue to refine. Incision lines are permanent, although inconspicuously located.
The results of breast augmentation are immediately visible. Final results appear gradually over the next few weeks as swelling dissipates and breast size and shape settles. Incision lines typically will continue to fade over the next year. Over time, your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity. However, your new enhanced breast contour and the freedom to wear the clothes you enjoy without the need for padded bras will definately add to your self-confidence.
Time for Reflection
All aesthetic cosmetic procedures are elective operations. Following your consultation we recommend that you take a period of fourteen days to consider all the benefits and risks of the procedures, and seek more information if necessary, before you decide.
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