Breast Implants

Breast implants indications

The amount of breast development in an adult female varies considerably.  Some women simply never develop a large amount of breast tissue.  Others note that their breast tissue becomes noticeably less in amount following pregnancies and/or weight loss.   The majority of women seeking this surgery seek only to have normal size breasts that relate to their body proportions and they are not seeking to be exceptionally buxom.   Breast implant surgery, commonly known as breast augmentation or technically known as augmentation mammoplasty makes small breasts larger by using an implant (prosthesis).   Breasts made larger by breast implants have the same tendency to droop and sag as the same size breasts without breast implants.

Before breast implant surgery

Prior to surgery a detail medical history is taken including information about number of pregnancies, history of breast diseases, breast-feeding and family history for breast cancer.  A careful examination is conducted.  The physician and patient discuss the type and breast implant size, anesthesia type, possible risks and complications as well as the incision site. Pre-operative instructions may include the elimination of certain drugs and smoking habits.

Breast  Implant  Procedure

The operation consists of developing a pocket behind the chest muscle or the breast tissue. The implant pushes the breasts forward, but it is not actually within the breast tissue. The most common way to gain access to the area behind the breast is through an incision approximately one inch around areola (ring around the nipple), the crease under the breast, crease in the axilla (armpit) or the umbilicus (belly Button). The size of the implant to be used is determined by the amount of the existing breast tissue, by your height, weight and the final size desired.

 

PROCEDURE TIME

Between 45 minute to an hour.

ANESTHESIA

General anesthesia in most circumstances.

AFTER BREAST IMPLANT SURGERY

You will be wearing a sports bra without an under-wire for the first couple of weeks.  You may not raise the arm above the shoulders and must avoid excessive arm movements in the first few days.  You may shower two days after surgery.   Most of the discomfort will be over after 3 or 4 days.   You should not participate in any sports such as jogging, swimming, bowling, tennis, etc. for about three to four weeks.

RISK & COMPLICATIONS

Complications connected with the surgical procedure are rare: however there are inherent risks connected with every surgical procedure.  You will have a scar, which may take up to six months to disappear.  Each person heals differently and neither the physician nor the patient can control the patient’s healing.   As with any operation there is a risk of infection which may result in removal of implant for a short time.   A decrease or increase in nipple sensation may temporarily occur and very rarely the change may be permanent.   The scar around the breast implant (capsule) may contract and tighten which gives the hard feeling to the implant (capsular contracture).   The inflatable saline  as well as silicone gel implants may leak or rupture which requires replacement.

Breast Implants Before and After Photos