Breast implant is a surgical procedure that aims to increase the size and improve the shape and contours of breasts. Many women choose this surgical procedure because they either had little breast development or never attained the size of breasts they desired; other women lost volume and firmness following weight loss or pregnancy.
Regardless of the reasons, breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures that stood the test of time and proved to both safe and satisfactory. The goals of breast enlargement surgery are to select the appropriate volume to obtain the desired size, improve breast shape.
Our expect plastic surgeons at Esteworld Medical Group have an exceptional eye for cosmetic norms and issues - and an appreciation for beauty.
What can breast implants do for your appearance?
Breast implants can add volume to your breasts and improve breast shape and profile. Many women feel that larger breasts help balance their bodies’ overall appearance, giving it a more symmetrical and natural feminine look.
Breast augmentation can also bring balance to your body proportions, restore shape and volume after pregnancy allowing you to wear the clothing you want with confidence. Breast implants can achieve much more than a larger bra cup size; they can have a profound impact on your social, personal and career life.
What happens during breast implants surgery?
Breast augmentation is performed under general anaesthesia. Your plastic surgeon will place an incision in crease under your breasts. Breast implants generally lasts between 1 and 3 hours and can be operated on either an inpatient or outpatient basis - using general or local anaesthetic paired with sedation.
There are three difference types of incisions used during breast implants:
- Trans-axillary: This type of incision is made through the armpit.
- Infra-mammary: This incision is usually made in the natural crease under the breast.
- Peri-areolar: The incision is made at the juncture between the areola and the natural skin.
Once the incision is made, your plastic surgeon will pull the skin away from the muscle and soft tissue, creating a pocket either in or below the pectoralis major between the muscle and the breast gland tissue.
A breast implant is made of a silicone outer shell, which can be inserted into the pocket and centered beneath the nipple. The breast implant is slowly filled with a saline solution until the desired size is achieved.
The doctor will close the incision with sutures and the area may be draped with bandages. Drainage tubes may be inserted to help remove excess liquid over the next couple of days.
Who qualifies for breast implants surgery?
If you are over 18 and in general good health, mentally stable and are realistic about breast augmentation results, you are a good candidate for this procedure.
Breast implants surgery is not recommended for:
- Patients with untreated breast cancer or pre-malignant breast disorders
- Women who are pregnant or nursing
- Individuals with a weakened immune system
Recovering from breast implants
Your plastic surgeon will prescribe antibiotics to avoid infection in addition to any pain medication. Bruising and swelling are very common following breast augmentation surgery, particularly around the nipple area and will slowly subside over 3 to 5 weeks.
You may be required to wear a surgical bra for a while to support the breast during recovery period. Strenuous activity, heavy lifting or direct stimulation of the breasts are strictly discouraged for up to 4 weeks. Patients may experience a change in nipple sensation.