It involves using implants or fat to increase the size of your breast or restore volume that has been lost after weight reduction or pregnancy.
Breast augmentation can:
-Increase fullness and projection of the breast
-Improve the balance of your figure
-Enhance your self-image and self-confidence
It is a good option if
You are physically healthy
Your breasts are fully developed
You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small
You are dissatisfied with your breasts after pregnancy, weight loss or aging
You have asymmetrical breasts
Be prepared to discuss why you want the surgery, your expectations, your medical conditions, current medications, a family history of breast cancer and results of previous mammograms or ultrasound
I will evaluate your general health status, examine and measure your breasts including detailed measurements of their size, shape, size of your thorax, skin quality and placement of the nipples and areola. I will take photographs, discuss your options and likely outcomes.
Prior to surgery
You may be asked to get a blood test and get a baseline mammogram before surgery to help detect any future changes in your breast tissue. Avoid taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs.
You should know that this procedure may be performed in an accredited outpatient or ambulatory surgical center or a hospital.
The procedure could be done under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia.
The methods for inserting and positioning implants depend on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired and your body type. Incisions options include:
-Inframammary incision in the fold under the breast
-Transaxillary incision in the underarm area
-Periareolar incision at the edge of the areola
After the incision is made, a breast implant is inserted into a pocket either under the pectoral muscle (submuscular placement) or directly behind the breast tissue (subglandular placement). The implant is then carefully positioned within this pocket.
Implants could be round or anatomic (teardrop shaped), and the choice depends on the chest anatomy and breast characteristics. Silicone implants are filled with an elastic cohesive gel. The gel feels and moves like natural breast tissue. Silicone implants are FDA approved for augmentation in women aged 22 or over.
Recovery and after surgery
You can leave the clinic/hospital in the same day. A reduced activity period of a few days is expected.
You will be instructed to wear a support bra around the clock for the first two weeks. Exercise and normal activity can resume after that period.
The results are immediately visible. Over time post-surgical swelling subsides and incision line will fade.
Annual examination is very important afterwards to monitor the breast implants.