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    Breast Augmentation

    What is breast augmentation (cosmetic breast enlargement) surgery?

    The breast are the most attractive and feminine trait of a woman’s personality. In breast augmentation surgery silicon breast implant placed behind the breast and chest wall muscles surgically.  It

    •  Increase fullness and projection of your breasts
    • Improve the balance of your figure
    • Enhance your self-image and self-confidence

    What are the breast implants?

    The breast implants are available in many sizes and shapes. All the breast implants are made with Silicone envelope (bag). Many of them contain only Silicone gel. The Saline filled inflatable implant comes empty and after placing it in the body, is filled with saline. There are other double lumen implants that have silicone gel in the inner compartment and saline in the outer.

    What extent breast can be enlarged?

    Though there are limitations with regards to the extent the breast can be enlarged, most patients’ wishes and desires can be usually fulfilled. It is limited by the amount of skin available.

    Is there any side effect of breast augmentation surgery?

    As the implants are placed behind the breast tissue and the muscles, there are usually no problems in breast examination after enlargement. Also, there are no problems in breast feeding after this surgery. To-date, there is no recorded evidence of increased risk of breast cancer after silicone implant surgery.

    What about Surgical procedure?

    This surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. The surgery takes approximately 2 to 3 hours. The patient usually goes home the same day or another day.

    An incision (cut), approximately two inch long is made just above the lower breast fold. A cavity is created behind the breast area/muscles. A satisfactory size implant is placed in the cavity and wounds are sutured in many layers. A snug dressing is applied and left in place for 5 to 6 days. The stitches are absorbable and no need of stitch removal.

    If there is excessive sagging of the breasts, breast tightening with uplift (mastopexy) could be done at the same time as breast enlargement. 

    What happen after the surgery?

    There may be some discomfort during the first few days post-operatively. This will be similar to a muscle pain after strenuous physical activity.

    What is Post Operative Protocol?

    • Wear a support bra for about 6 weeks until the swelling and bruising subsides.
    • Avoid any straining, bending and lifting for a minimum of four weeks following the surgery. The scars from the incision fade (not disappear) over time.
    • Women often return to non strenuous activity within two to three weeks of surgery and start returning slowly to their normal routine after four weeks of surgery.

    What are the possible complications?

    Occasionally, complications such as bleeding, infections, changes in sensation, asymmetry, rupture of implants, psychological problems, healing problems, unsatisfactory scars, etc. can occur. Firmness or hardness of the breast in varying degrees can also occur in a few patients. On extremely rare occasions, it may be necessary to remove an implant due to rejection by the body.

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