BREAST IMPLANTS & AUGMENTATION
Breast Implants & Augmentation
Breast augmentation, as the name says, is a cosmetic surgery performed to increase or restore breast volume through the placement of implants. It offers to enhance the fullness and the projection of the breasts, giving them a more attractive look.
Breasts are one of the main parts of a woman’s body that increase femininity. When the boobs are saggy, too small or big; this may have a significant impact on women’s psychology and self-confidence.
Breast augmentation, sometimes referred to as a “breast aug” or “boob job” by patients, involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts. This procedure can also restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, achieve a more rounded breast shape or improve natural breast size asymmetry.
In the event that the boobs are also saggy, “Mastopexy” or breast lift with implants is often recommended to achieve more satisfying breast augmentation results. Breast augmentation, breast enlargement or boob job, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries for women of a wide age range and is among the most requested type of cosmetic surgeries carried out worldwide. Boob job is mostly preferred because of its effect to boost self-confidence, and low risk involved in the surgery with high satisfaction rate.
What can a breast enlargement achieve?
A breast enlargement aims to enhance the size and shape of your breasts by giving them a fuller and more contoured look. Your surgeon may either use a breast implant for the enlargement, or they may use liposuction to remove fat from one part of the body, then transfer that fat to the breasts. If a surgeon uses fat to enlarge the breasts, it is called a breast enlargement by fat transfer or, “lipofilling”.
You may choose to have a breast enlargement if you want to:
Restore volume to your breasts after ageing, weight loss or pregnancy
Create a more contoured breast shape
Balance an asymmetry of the breasts
Boost your self-esteem.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ Will I feel any pain?
The procedure is usually carried out under general anaesthesia thus there is no possibility of having pain during the breast augmentation surgery.
+ Will I be able to breast feed after I have a breast implant?
Yes. You can breast feed after you have breast enlargement operation, the implants are compatible with breastfeeding and do not interact with mammal zone and no leakage from your silicone into the milk.
+ What are the steps of a breast augmentation procedure ?
A breast augmentation procedure includes the following steps:
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
Incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. You and your plastic surgeon will discuss which incision options are appropriate for your desired outcome. Incision options include: along the areolar edge (peri-areolar incision), the fold under the breast (inframammary fold) and in the armpit (axillary incision). A belly-button approach is associated with a higher complication rate.
Incisions vary based on the type of breast implant, degree of enlargement desired, your particular anatomy and patient-surgeon preference.
Step 3 – Inserting and placing the breast implant
After the incision is made, a breast implant is inserted into a pocket either:
A. Under the pectoral muscle (a submuscular placement)
B. Directly behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle (a submammary/ subglandular placement)
The method for inserting and positioning breast implants depends on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, your body type and your surgeon’s recommendations.
Step 4 – Closing the incisions
Incisions are closed with layered sutures in the breast tissue and with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin.
Over time the incision lines will fade. The quality of scar depends on many things, including your genetics, exposure of your body to nicotine and infection.
Step 5 – See the results
The results of breast augmentation are immediately visible.
+ How much time do I have to take off work after a breast enlargement?
This depends on what type of work you do. If your job includes a lot of physical activity you may have to take at least one full week off. If it does not involve a lot of activity you may only need to take 4 to 5 days off work. In any case, you should avoid even light duties for at least 1 to 2 weeks.
+ How long after pregnancy must I wait to have a breast enlargement?
If you’ve recently had a baby, your surgeon may require you to wait 6 months before you are able to have a breast enlargement.
The following instructions are general information to be followed before and after a breast augmentation surgery.
Important Note :
Surgery will be cancelled if there is any chance that you are pregnant.
Two Weeks Before Surgery:
Do not use alcohol or nicotine products; cigarettes, chew, pipe tobacco. Nicotine affects the healthy circulation of the body and may affect the result of your breast surgery and increases the risk of complication with anesthesia.
Do not take any products containing ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication or Vitamin E.
One Day Before Surgery:
DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT. A fasting is required to receive sedation for surgery.
Day of the Surgery:
You may shower in the morning of surgery.
Do not wear makeup, hair sprays or gels, nail polish or false eyelashes.
Please wear loose fitting clothing and avoid anything that must be pulled over the head.
Do not wear jewelry, or bring valuables to your breast augmentation surgery.
Avoid swimming pools and using creams on the treated area
Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least two weeks
Keep the sterile bandage on the wound for a day, etc.
You may walk around on the day of surgery and after to prevent blood clots from developing also move your legs frequently.
It is normal to feel tired for the first few days. Do not exercise for the first week. After this week, you may resume low intensity, lower body exercise; however, avoid using the upper body muscles for 3 weeks. You may resume all exercise/activity after 3 weeks thereafter. When you do resume exercise, you should wear a supportive bra to minimize bounce and droop of the breasts.
Drink plenty of fluids (8-10 glasses/day) for the first week to keep well hydrated (fizzy drinks don’t count).
Take all medications as instructed by your surgeon. Take your pain medication before your pain becomes severe as incisional discomfort for the first 24 hours after breast augmentation surgery is expected.
Some bruising and swelling is expected and takes between 3-6 months to see final results.
Wear the surgical stockings for at least 5 days after breast augmentation surgery.
You will have a steri strips (adhesive bandage) in place over your incision. Please keep your dressing clean and dry to prevent infection.
Initially, you may take a quick shower with your back to the water, keeping your incisions completely dry.
You may take a full shower after 3 days of your breast augmentation surgery. It is okay to get the steri strips wet at this point, but do not remove them. You can gently pat yourself dry with a towel or use a blow dryer (cool setting) to dry the steri strips.
Please where your medical support bra for at least 3 weeks which will provide additional support.
60 to 90 mins
2 – 9 months