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Breast augmentation using implants is a cosmetic surgery procedure to increase the size of the bust. It is suitable for patients who have small breasts, who have lost breast volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding, or who want to have a larger cup size. Implants are also used for reconstruction after mastectomy as part of cancer treatment.
Breast enlargement can be combined with a breast lift, to restore sagging breasts to a more youthful position.
Before your surgery, you will meet with your surgeon for a consultation. You can discuss the results you are expecting after breast enlargement, and your surgeon will advise you on the best options for your individual case. There are several factors that can affect the appearance of breast implants:
You can choose between silicone and saline implants. Silicone implants are the most commonly used type. A silicone implant often feels more like natural breast tissue, and has less tendency to wrinkle. Saline implants consist of a silicone shell filled with saline (salt-water) solution. Saline implants are less harmful if they rupture, as the saline is safely absorbed by the body. However, saline implants may be less durable than silicone.
Generally, your surgeon will recommend the best approach for the incision (cut) to insert the breast implant. The surgeon may place the incision under the breast fold (where the bottom of your bra sits), around the nipple, or in the armpit crease.
Shape of implant
Breast implants come in various shapes that are split into two categories: round shape, and anatomical or ‘teardrop’ shape. Round breast implants are shaped like a flattened sphere, and can have low or high profiles. These provide more volume at the top of the breast, which results in more lift and cleavage. The teardrop shape is flattened at the top end and can give a more natural appearance.
In breast enhancement surgery, the implants can be placed above the muscle (sub-glandular) or below the muscle (sub-muscular). If you have little breast tissue, it’s likely that your surgeon will recommend sub-muscular placement so the implant appears and feels more natural.
For athletic patients with strong chest muscle, implants above the muscle may be a better option so that exercising the chest muscle doesn’t affect the implant. If you have some sagging of the breast but don’t want a breast lift, then placement above the muscle may allow the implant to sit lower on the chest, following the natural breast tissue.
Size of implant
You should explain to your surgeon how large you would like your breasts to be after surgery. Your surgeon can then decide what volume of implant to use. It’s possible to use slightly different size implants in each breast to correct unevenly sized breasts.
For breast augmentation surgery, you will be under general anaesthetic. The surgeon makes an incision in the breast fold, nipple or armpit, depending on what has been agreed at your consultation. The size of the incision depends on the type of implant being used. The surgeon creates a pocket and positions the implant, then closes the incision with stitches and covers it with a dressing. The operation usually lasts between 1 and 2 hours, but can be longer if the breast augmentation is combined with a breast lift.
After the operation, you will have some swelling and discomfort in your chest and breasts. Your doctor will provide medication to help with any pain. You will need to take at least a week off work. Patients are generally back to most of their normal activities within two weeks, although it’s important to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for four weeks.
You may feel some tightness in your chest which persists for a few weeks. Depending on the placement and implant chosen, the breast implants may appear too high at first, but will settle into position over the next months.
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