Surgery to increase breast size with implants corrects their lack of shape which can be due to insufficient volume compared to the patient’s body shape or to sagging breasts.
The most common reasons for the procedure
Breast hypoplasia: the breasts are too small for the patient’s body.
Sagging breasts: drooping breasts with sagging glands, stretched skin and areolas that are too low.
Before the procedure
The type and size of the implants will be determined by the surgeon based on their examination and the wishes of the patient. A pre-surgery assessment is done in line with prescriptions. There is also a meeting with the anaesthesiologist at least 48 hours before the procedure.
D DAY – 30: It is highly recommended that patients quit smoking.
D DAY – 10: No medicines containing aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs can be taken.
Average duration: between 1 and 1.5 hours
Breast augmentation with implants follows the steps below:
An incision of about four cm is made in the fold below the breasts (submammary fold). The incisions will leave scars which will be hidden in the natural folds of the skin.
Depending on the technique selected, the implants will either be premuscular, that is, directly behind the gland, or retromuscular, that is, deeper behind the pectoral muscles.
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After the procedure
There is usually quite a bit of pain following surgery. Changes in position (for example, from lying to sitting) are particularly uncomfortable. There is also a feeling of pulling in the breasts and back pain. It is recommended that patients rest as much as possible and avoid all sudden movements for the first few days after the procedure.
There will be some swelling which can result in temporary asymmetry.
The bandage is changed between the fourth and seventh day after the operation. A frameless bra is worn for four to six weeks and the sutures are removed between the tenth and fourteenth day. The patient’s profession will determine how long they have to wait before returning to work. However, they normally can once the bandage has been changed (light work).
It takes three to four months to see results. This is the time it takes for the breasts to become supple again and for the implants to stabilise. For patients who don’t expect absolute perfection and have realistic expectations, increased breast size will have a definite impact on their overall shape and give then more clothing choices.