Breast Enlargement

Breast Enlargement

Candidates:

Women who feel that her breasts are too small and have not developed properly. Some women desire restoration of the original shape and volume that may have been lost due to weight loss, following childbirth or due to aging.

Objective:

To enhance the size of the breasts using either silicone gel or saline implants.

Incisions and technique:

There are several choices either an incision of one to two inches – underneath the breast along the fold, a half circle following the lower edge of the areola, or an incision within the armpit. After the incision a pocket is made into which the implant will be inserted, either behind the breast or under the pectoral muscle. If the breasts are sagging a breast lift may be added with the augmentation.

Operating Time:

1 and half hours.

Anesthesia:

General anaesthesia or Local anaesthesia with sedation.

In/Outpatient:

Usually performed on an outpatient basis; overnight stay for outstation individuals.

Recovery period:

There will be temporary soreness and sensitivity, swelling, and possibly bruising for two to three weeks.

Recovery Time:

A return to work, if not physically strenuous, is possible in a few days. The scar will fade after several months but can be up to a year or more in some cases. Dressings will be changed over several days immediately post operatively. Showering is permitted between three and seven days following surgery, and stitches are removed after 7 days. A support bra is worn for a month, driving is permitted after two weeks and exercise after three weeks.

Risks:

Nipple or breast sensation may change, usually temporarily. Surgical removal and replacement of the implants may be required to treat capsular contracture.

Details:

A detailed consultation and examination helps tremendously when choosing the appropriate new breast size and shape.

Duration of the Results:

Results are variable but usually long-lasting. Mammograms are routinely prescribed annually after the age of 40. Significant weight loss can affect the result. Some women desire a change into a larger implant after 1 to 2 decades. Pregnancy and breast-feeding can alter breast size in an unpredictable way, although breast implants do not affect pregnancy or the ability to breast-feed. If, with aging, the appearance of the breasts change, it is possible to undergo a breast lift to improve contour.