Breast Augmentation with implants is performed both to increase the volume of the breasts and to improve their shape. The procedure may correct the changes to the breasts caused by pregnancy, nursing, weight loss or age. Also, patients with underdeveloped breasts are ideal candidates for Breast Augmentation.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and lasts approximately 1.5 hours. The plastic surgeon will insert the implant in a pocket created under the pectoralis major muscle and under the mammary gland. Various types of access are used: in the inframammary fold, around the areola, or in the axilla. Implant size, its location, and choice of access are chosen in consultation with the patient. Post surgery there may be pain, swelling and bruising. Breast swelling may persist up to a few weeks. Physical exertion should be avoided for 3 weeks following the surgery. Patients are instructed to wear a special bra for 2 months. After 3 weeks post surgery the scar should be massaged and special creams should be used.
The surgery is performed on patients who are in general good shape and have normal lab results.