breast augmentation with implant
Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure to increase breast size and enhance breast shape, typically through the placement of silicone or saline breast implants. The ultimate goal of breast augmentation is to enhance a patient’s natural proportions and create a more symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing breast profile. The exact procedure is tailored to meet a woman’s individual needs. There is no “typical” breast augmentation patient, and women choose to have the procedure for many different reasons—having larger breasts is just one of them. Breast augmentation is one of the most effective procedures to correct noticeable breast asymmetry, and breast implants can be used to help correct tuberous breast deformities.
There are two basic types of breast implants: saline and silicone gel.
Saline-filled implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water (saline). Some are pre-filled and others are filled during the implant operation.
Silicone gel-filled implants are silicone shells filled with a plastic gel (silicone).
Both saline and silicone come in different sizes and have either smooth or textured shells. Each has its own pros and cons, so it is a matter of preference.
The breast augmentation procedure lasts one to two hours and is typically performed with general anesthesia. Incisions are in inconspicuous places on the breast to minimize scar visibility. Incision locations may be:
- In the crease on the underside of the breast (inframammary)
- Around the areola, the dark skin around the nipple (periareolar)
The breast is then lifted, creating a pocket into which the implant is inserted. Breast implant can be inserted in submuscular or subglandular plane.
A submuscular placement goes under the pectoral muscle. Recovery may take longer, and there may be more pain after the operation.
A submammary, or subglandular, placement goes behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle.
Then incisions are closed in layered sutures.
At first, the incision lines will be visible, but these will fade with time.
ASSESSING THE RESULTS
Surgery will leave some swelling, but this should resolve within two of weeks. The incision lines will also fade. After this, the patient will be able to decide whether the procedure met her expectations.
As the anesthetic wears off, the patient will be given painkillers to relieve the pain.
WHO IS THE CANDIDATE?
- To Restore breast fullness lost after pregnancy & breastfeeding
- To Reconstruct breast after cancer breast surgery
- One breast is noticeably smaller than the other
- Reduction in breast volume after weight loss
- To Enhance self-image
- Change in nipple sensation
- Capsular contracture
- Implant deflation or shifting
- Implant leaks/ruptures
- Duration: 1 to 2 hrs
- Anesthesia: general
- Hospital stay: daycare procedure
- Back to work: after a week
- post-operative care: for 4 to 6 days
- Result: permanent