Breast Augmentation

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is one of the most common performed plastic surgical procedure. Women may choose to under go breast enlargement surgery for various reasons. These personal reasons may center around breasts that are perceived to be under developed, or because of differences in the sizes of the breasts or from changes after pregnancy or breast feeding. Some women may be happy with their breasts but just want them made fuller. Often after weight loss, aging or childbirth a woman’s breast volume and shape may change. This too can lead to a woman to seek a breast augmentation. Breast implant surgery performed by cosmetic plastic surgeons is the most popular way to improve breast shape and size. Breast enhancement using breast implants can give a woman more proportional shape and may improve self esteem.

Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?

One or more of the following feelings or conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for breast augmentation:

  • you are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small
  • clothes that fit well around your hips are often too large at the bustline
  • you feel self-conscious wearing a swimsuit or form-fitting top
  • your breasts have become smaller and lost their firmness after having children
  • weight loss has changed the size and shape of your breasts
  • one of your breasts is noticeably smaller than the other

What happens during breast enlargement?

Breast enlargement usually takes between one to two hours. Your surgeon will make cuts in the skin on your breast. The exact position of the cuts can vary. They may be in the crease under your breast, around your nipple or towards your armpit.

We will then make a space for the implant. The implant usually lies under your breast tissue on top of your chest muscle, but is sometimes put under your chest muscle. This reduces the chance that the edges of the implant will show, and may reduce the risk of a complication called capsular contracture.

Are silicone breast implants really safe?

There is no evidence that silicone breast implants cause or predispose to breast cancer, autoimmune disease nor any other disease. As far as current medical research is concerned, silicone breast implants are considered safe.

When can I go back to work and what activities can/can’t I do immediately after breast enlargement surgery?

If your job does not entail physical activity e.g. heavy lifting, an early return back to work can be anticipated within a few days after your breast enlargement operation (breast augmentation or boob job). If your job entails heavy physical work, then 2 to 4 weeks should be taken off work before going back after your breast enlargement operation. Initially you will have a dressing over the incision lines in the crease under the breasts, which should be kept clean and dry until the stitches are removed after ten days.

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