Surgery is a
in which the
size and shape
of a woman's
breast is enhanced
is Breast Augmentation performed?
Augmentation is performed to counter the
effects of weight loss, pregnancy, breast-feeding and aging changes.
is a Breast Implant?
A breast implant is a soft shell or a rubber
sac that is filled with silicone gel or
saline (salt-water). The feel of the implant
is very natural and close to the feel of
the normal breast tissue. They are available
in several different sizes to accommodate
different patient's needs and surgeon's
preference. The surface texture of the implant
can be smooth or contoured.
are the different approaches that are used
for Breast Augmentation?
There are different approaches used for
Breast Augmentation surgery: 1) Infra-mammary
Breast Augmentation - This is the most commonly
used approach for Breast Augmentation operation.
In this approach an incision is made in
the crease just below the breast where the
breast tissue meets the chest wall. 2) Peri-areolar
Breast Augmentation - In this approach a
semi-circular incision is made around the
lower part of the areola (areola is the
dark area of skin surrounding the nipple).
3) Trans-axillary or Axillary Breast Augmentation
- In this approach an incision is made in
the armpit to insert the breast implant.
4) Trans-umblical or Umblical Breast Augmentation
- In this approach, a breast implant is
inserted through the umbilicus or belly
button with the help of an endoscope.
is the breast implant placed in Breast Augmentation?
Breast implant can either be placed under
the breast tissue (sub-glandular) or under
the chest muscle (sub-muscular) in Breast
is an ideal candidate for Breast Augmentation
If you are a healthy woman above 18 years
of age who is not pregnant or breast feeding
and wants to improve her appearance, then
you are an ideal candidate for Breast Augmentation
does the procedure of Breast Augmentation
surgeon makes an incision (as described
above), creates a pocket either under the
breast tissue or under the muscle, inserts
the implant, pushes it to the center so
that it is under the nipple and sutures
the incision. Some surgeons prefer to place
the implant under the chest muscle. Breast
Augmentation surgery takes about 2 - 3 hours.
Most commonly you can go home the same day
or the following day. The sutures are covered
with a gauze dressing to promote speedy
do I prepare for Breast Augmentation surgery?
Breast Augmentation is performed under general
anesthesia. You may or may not be required
to get hospitalized the night before. However,
you will be instructed to refrain from eating
or drinking at least 10 hours before the
Breast Augmentation surgery. Make sure to
inform your surgeon as well as your anesthetist
about all the prescription and non-prescription
medications (including vitamin, mineral
and herbal supplements) that you are taking.
Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before Breast
Augmentation surgery to avoid problems with
healing during the post-operative period.
Make arrangements for someone to drive you
home and to help you around the house for
a couple of days following Breast Augmentation
is the recovery period like following Breast
There is some degree of pain, swelling,
bruising and soreness following Breast Augmentation
surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe you
pain medication to take after Breast Augmentation
surgery. In the next 2 - 3 days, your gauze
dressing will be removed and you will be
given a surgical bra to wear (day and night)
for the next one-month or so. Surgical bra
or compression garment will help the fluid
to drain down and minimize swelling and
bruising. Your stitches will be removed
in about 10 days. Refrain from performing
any strenuous activities like participating
in sports or lifting heavy objects for about
6 weeks after the Breast Augmentation operation.
It is normal to be able to resume you full
daily routine in about 3 months after the
Breast Augmentation operation.
is the outcome of Breast Augmentation procedure?
The outcome of Breast Augmentation is very
satisfactory and successful. Your breasts
will be enlarged for life. Clothes fit better
and it certainly boosts your self-confidence
and self esteem. Some cases of leakage or
breaking of the breast implant have been
reported. In this case, a second Breast
Augmentation surgery may be needed.
Benefits of Breast Augmentation
breast tissue is actually pushed to the
surface as the breast implant is inserted
behind the breast tissue. Following Breast
Augmentation surgery it might become easier
to perform breast self examination to gain
familiarity with your breast tissue. Of
course the obvious benefit Breast Augmentation
is improved look of your breasts and your
overall body image remains undisputed without
Risks of Breast Augmentation
contracture - In this scenario, there
is a buildup of scar tissue around the
breast implant. In this case a second
surgery will have to be performed to
remove or replace the breast implant.
Leakage of the implant - The implant
may rupture or leak, this may require
a second surgery either to remove or
replace the implant.
Rippling or unevenness in breast texture
- This usually happens when the breast
Increased sensitivity or loss of sensitivity
in the nipple area - This may be temporary
Interference with mammogram - Make sure
that you inform your radiology technician
about your breast implant
Infection around the implant
Symptoms of immune diseases - Rare but
have been reported by some women more
commonly by those women who have used
Alternatives to Breast Augmentation
Lift - Breast Augmentation is mostly performed
in conjunction with Breast Lift. In Breast
Lift the shape and contour of the breast
is improved however, the size of the breast
remains the same.
to "Cosmetic Surgery"