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.
What are the important factors to consider after (or about) breast enlargement surgery?
The following factors should be borne in mind after (or about) the breast enlargement operation:
Sensory Changes: Nipple sensation usually returns to normal after breast enlargement but there can remain partial loss of sensation. Total sensory loss after breast enlargement surgery is extremely rare. Sometimes the nipples can be extra sensitive or even sore for a while after breast enlargement operations. The lower half of the breasts can sometimes be numbed temporarily after breast enlargement surgery.
Breastfeeding and Breast investigations: It is still possible to breastfeed after having a breast enlargement operation and the silicone breast implants should not affect mother or baby. Ultrasound scanning and mammography should not be compromised by having silicone breast implants.
Capsular Contracture: A silicone breast implant is treated by the immune system as a foreign body. A covering of scar tissue (a capsule) forms naturally around the silicone breast implant about 10 to 14 days after your breast enlargement operation . This capsule around the silicone breast implant has the ability to thicken or contract resulting in the breast becoming firm or hard. Usually this does not cause a problem but if it does, further surgery may be necessary (usually less than 5% of cases) to remove the capsule(s) around the silicone breast implant(s). We will discuss this in more detail with you.
Leakage & Rupture of silicone breast implants is extremely rare and is not dangerous