Cosmetic Breast Surgery
Breast enlargement (or augmentation) is generally performed on women with underdeveloped breasts or on women who have experienced a decrease in breast size or shape due to pregnancy or weight loss. The sugary consists of lifting the breast issue and placing an envelope containing a soft, natural-feeling implant material underneath. The implant is made of silicone rubber and is filled with a gel or fluid. There are a variety of implant designs, all of which have advantages and disadvantages. Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss the choice of implant, reasons for the selection, and will review with you the size changes that are possible with the operation.
HOW IS BREAST ENLAGEMENT DONE?
Several different methods are used for placement of the implants. An incision can be made in the crease of the lower part of the breast, along the lower half of the dark skin around the nipple or in the armpit. All of these methods are designed to result in minimal scarring so that the incisions are not easily detected. After the opening is made, the implants are then adjusted to ideal size and symmetry before the incision is sutured closed.
KEEPING YOU COMFORTABLE
A surgical dressing is usually placed to protect the incisions. Some swelling, bruising and minor discomfort may be experienced for several days after the surgery. Discomfort can be easily controlled with pain medication.
HOW WILL I LOOK AFTER?
You may be required to wear a supportive bra and do breast exercises recommended by your cosmetic surgeon, depending on the technique used. Your doctor will advise you as to when you may resume normal activity. After healing, your breast augmentation should add pleasing dimensions to your overall proportion and symmetry.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
Although rare, complication such as infection and scarring may occur. A condition known as capsular contracture may result in the breast feeling firmer that desirable, but can usually be corrected by your surgeon. There are risks in any surgical procedure. You should discuss all the benefits and risks with your cosmetic surgeon.