Breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that improves the size and shape of a woman’s breast. Breast augmentation, also known as breast enhancement is a surgical procedure, which aims to increase the size and shape of the breasts. It is the most common surgical procedure performed by plastic surgeons in the world and is associated with a high degree of patient satisfaction. It can be performed in women with small breasts who want to get bigger, mothers who have lost volume after having children or to correct breast asymmetry. It is also commonly performed in association with breast lift procedure or other cosmetic surgery.
The procedure includes the placement of a silicone implant either behind the breast tissue (subglandular) or under the chest wall (pectoral) muscle; this is known as a submuscular or dual plane pocket. The insertion of an implant will push or help lift the breast tissue forward, making the breast appear larger and more full. It is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually involves an overnight stay.
The aim of this operation is to increase the size of the breasts. Although it has one of the highest patient satisfaction ratings of all the cosmetic procedures, there are limitations and your suitability will be discussed at your consultation. For very slim women with small breasts and thin skin the implant may be too obvious. Women with a wide breast bone (sternum) will always have a wider cleavage (even though the breasts will be larger). Lastly it should be noted that it is likely your implants may need to be changed at some time in the future and this will incur further procedure and expense.
The surgery takes 1-1.5 hours. Drains are usually inserted on each side, and these will normally stay in for 1 day.
As with any medical procedure, complications can occur following surgery and patients need to be fully aware of their safety. Plastic Surgeon at Lesprit Medical Clinic does his utmost to minimise the possible complication associated with the procedure. You will be advised during your consultation on the most common complications and possible adverse effects following your procedure.
The recovery will vary from patient to patient. Plastic Surgeon at Lesprit Medical Clinic recommends you commence wearing a sport bra immediately after your drains are removed and you should continue wearing this garment day and night for 8 weeks. After the surgery, the wounds will be dressed with waterproof micropore tape. You will be able to shower the day after leaving hospital after which you can pat the tape dry with a towel and then use a hair-dryer on a warm setting to ensure the tape is completely dry. You will normally be able to return to work after about 2 weeks.
Your recovery period and post-operative care will be explained to you in detail during your consultation. The recommendations will be specifically tailored to your individual case and type of surgery carried out. You will be advised about basic steps to take such as taking or avoiding certain medication, sleeping position, driving, exercise or time off work, make up and other procedure-specific care.
The operation has an extremely high success rate. However, an abnormal thickened capsule (capsular contracture) can occur.
Specialist Plastic Surgeon at Lesprit Medical Clinic strongly advises you stop smoking prior to surgery as smoking can greatly impair your ability to heal and increase complication rates. Nutritional supplements, anticoagulant medication and anti-inflammatory drugs, (like Brufen, Voltaren, etc.), or any other blood thinning drug which increases the bleeding should be stopped prior to surgery unless otherwise instructed.