Breast Augmentation (Breast Lift)
Breast Augmentation is a common cosmetic surgery aiming to reshape or contour the woman’s breast, providing attractive proportional figure giving it a natural look. Breast augmentation is also called in many terms such as breast lift, breast enhancement, breast surgery or breast implant.
A women’s reason for choosing breast augmentation are highly personal
- accentuate the contours of the body
- enhance your breast appearance
- reconstruct the breast following a mastectomy
- balance different sized breast
- increase breast volume following pregnancy
How the Procedure is Performed
There are 3 possible incision positions, in which the breast implant can be inserted,
Inframammary – The incision lies within the natural crease along the bottom of the breast.
Periareolar – The inclusion in the perimeter of the areola around the nipple
Axillary – The inclusion under the arm
Implants can be placed in front of, or behind, the pectoral muscle the incision site will vary depending on the individual body type and specifics of each procedure.
Limitation’s and Risks
Whilst it is rare, complications can occur during surgical procedures. Complications may include:
-Infection and excessive bleeding in the area surrounding the implant
-Scars may be noticeable for several months, but will fade in time.
-Capsular contractacture which is a tightening of the capsule/scare surrounding the breast implant which is resolved by scoring the scar tissue, removing the implant and re-inserting another one.
-Nipples may become hyper sensitive or hypo for some time following surgery.
-On rare occasions, the breast/s may produce milk for several days following surgery.
- Changes in sensitivity of nipples
- Temporary pain
Bed rest is required during the first 24-48 hours after breast augmentation surgery, the period of discomfort usually does not last more than 3 days
In regards to when is a good time to return to work after breast augmentation. there are lot of variables , most women take at least a week off of work, and engage in more strenuous activity after three to four weeks.
Scars will fade within several months to one year, or longer depending on individual circumstances
- Back to work: Within three to five days
- More strenuous activity: Allow three to four weeks
- Scars will fade: Within several months to a year (or longer, pending individual healing)
Note: This information acts as a guide to your possible treatment. Your individual concerns and specific medical history will need to be shared and discussed with your surgeon during your initial consultation.