Breast augmentation (enlargement) is a surgical operation whereby the breast is made larger to create an enhanced cosmetic outcome. This is usually achieved by inserting a prosthetic implant.
This is usually done through a short incision thorough the skin at the base of the breast. The resulting scar is then hidden under the mound of the breast. Occasionally, this maybe also be done through an incision at the edge of the areolar (the circular disc of pigmented skin surrounding the nipple). There are a lot of reasons you might want to change the shape or size of your breasts. Breast augmentation can enhance a naturally small bust, make your breasts more symmetrical, or be combined with a breast lift surgery for breasts that have sagged due to weight loss, pregnancy, or aging.
The breast implants are either placed under the breast or under the muscle of the chest. The appropriate plane for implant displacement depends on the size and volume of the breast preoperatively.
Breast implants are like inflated gel-filled balloons. They consist of a thick, robust outer shell which is filled with a silicone gel. Silicone is present in many everyday items. Although, many studies have been done to ascertain whether silicone causes diseases, there is no evidence to suggest that silicone in breast implants is associated with either breast cancer or autoimmune diseases.
Breast implants vary in many ways. They come in various sizes and shapes. Implants of the right size are individually selected for each patient based on their breast size and shape, your body built as well as fulfilling your expectations. You will actively participate in choosing the right one for yourself.
Breast implants are not permanent devices and you will need an operation in the future to either remove or to replace it. The implants which we use come with a lifetime guarantee against leaking or rupture. We do not use PIP implants.
In women with mild to moderate saggy breasts, this problem may be corrected with implants. In selected cases, augmentation is done with mastopexy (uplift).
WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM BREAST AUGMENTATION
- Would like to have larger breasts to improve their appearance
- Women who have mild to moderate saggy breasts in whom this problem can be solved with breasts implants
- Women with asymmetrical breasts. A breast implant maybe used to augment the smaller of the breasts.
YOUR SURGICAL JOURNEY
BEFORE THE OPERATION
- You will be have at least 2 consultations before your surgery.
- During your first consultation the reasons for, feasibility and expectations of the operation will be discussed. A series of breast and chest measurements will be made and noted.
- Standard photographs will be taken with your consent. You will play an active role in the selection of the right implant for yourself.
- If you take aspirin or NSAIDS (e. Ibuprofen) then you should stop these at least 1 week prior to your surgery. These drugs thin the blood and predispose you to a higher risk of bleeding during and after the operation.
- If you are a smoker, you should stop at least 2 weeks prior to your surgery.
- This will be performed under a general anaesthetic (that is, you will put to sleep by an experienced consultant anaesthetist). Most patients are able to go home on the same day.
- Oudit will see you in the morning before your surgery. If you have any further questions you would like to ask him prior to the operation, he would be most delighted to answer these for you. He will then place some marks on your chest. This is an integral part of the process. About 30-45 minutes prior to your operation you will picked up by friendly staff members and brought to the operating theatre suite.
- Your operation will be done in a safe and caring manner respecting your dignity at all times.
AFTER THE OPERATION
- You will be recovered in a safe environment by caring staff members before you are transferred to the ward.
- Oudit will visit you prior to discharge.
- You will be seen in the Outpatient’s clinic one week after your surgery. The dressings will be removed and wounds inspected. You will then be seen the following week to ensure the wounds are healed and all is well. You will then be reviewed 3months later for the final time before discharge.
- Operating Time: 60 mins
- Anaesthetic: General Anesthesia (GA)
- Hospital Stay: Day case / 1 night
- Time off work: 1 – 2 weeks
- Exercise: 6 weeks after surgery
- Driving: 2 – 3 weeks
- Sexual Activity: 4 weeks after surgery
- Full Recovery: 8 weeks
Special Advice: Sports bra should be worn for 8 weeks post-surgery. A wired bra can be worn after