Breast augmentation or breast enlargement is one of the most popular procedures within plastic surgery and which we perform at Shape Medical Centre. The breast could be naturally small, or may have become smaller due to breastfeeding or weight loss. The number of patients that undergo a breast augmentation increase year by year and at Shape Medical Centre we’re working continuously to refine our techniques in order to achieve the best and natural result as possible.
Who is the right candidate for breast augmentation?
The procedure is performed to increase the size of the breast and to adjust them to the rest of the body’s proportions. For a lot of women it’s more often about an inner satisfaction and content with your own body. Even if a lot people can’t understand why someone would undergo such a procedure it’s been known to increase your self esteem and satisfaction for thousands of women. Breast augmentation would be considered by a woman with reasons such as:
- Enlargement of the breast to create a more proportionate body
- Reconstruction or enlargement of breast that has lost its shape or volume due to breastfeeding or weight loss.
- To create a balance between breast that are different from each other in shape or form.
Incisions and technique
There are several choices to be made in regards to how the incisions should be made and the doctor will discuss the best one for you. The most common ones are to make an incision of one to two inches underneath the breast and along the fold, or a half moon following the lower edge of the areola, or an incision within the armpit. Whether the implant will be placed on top of or underneath the chest muscle will depend on each individual case and on the type of implant which has been chosen, in consultation with the doctor. At Shape Medical Centre we also use a computer consultation which helps tremendously when choosing the appropriate new breast size and shape. The patients image can be seen with various breast sizes and the location of the incision is chosen.
The operation itself doesn’t take longer than 60-90 minutes. After the incision a pocket is made into which the implant will be inserted, either behind the breast or under the pectoral muscle. If the breasts are flaccid a breast lift may be recommended in conjunction with the augmentation.
Local anesthesia with sedation is preferred, general anesthesia can also be used.
Usually performed on an inpatient basis
You will most likely feel tired, sore and drowsy a few days after the surgery, the breast may be swollen and sensitive when touching after the surgery as well. A change in nipple sensation and possibly bruising for two to three weeks after.
A return to work, if not physically strenuous, is possible in a few days and after consultation with the doctor. The scar will fade after a few months but could be up to a year in some cases. Dressings will be changed over several days immediately post operatively. You can shower between three and seven days following surgery and the stitches are removed after seven days. A support bra is worn for a month to get extra support, positioning and comfort. Driving is permitted after two weeks and exercise after two to three weeks.
All surgical incisions comes with a risk, there could be complications or effects from the narcos, infections, flushes, bleeding or pain. The breast or nipple sensation may change, usually temporarily and more often just an adjustment. Surgical removal and replacement of the implants may be required to treat capsular contracture, which can provoke breast hardness. To prevent these issues at Shape Medical Centre, we are very tedious with the aftercare, we are here for our patients.
Duration of the results
At Shape Medical Centre we only use implants with the highest quality from leading suppliers. The results duration is variable but usually long lasting, however implants may require removal or replacement during a span of life. Some women could be in need of a replacement surgery after a few years, while with some the implants last for 30 years or more. Mammograms are routinely prescribed annually after the age of 40. Significant weight loss may affect the results. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can alter breast size in an unpredictable way, although breast implants do not affect pregnancy or the ability to breastfeed. If, with aging, the appearance of the breasts change, it is possible to undergo a breast lift to improve contour.