breast augmentation

Normal breast volume can be lost through age, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. Or, a woman’s body can replace breast volume with fatty tissue. The end result in both cases is a breast that appears deflated, since it contains more covering skin than actual breast tissue. Inherently small breasts can also be caused by hypomastia, a condition where genetics or hormonal imbalances prevent a woman’s breast cells from growing normally during puberty, resulting in small mammary glands.

We have carried out successful breast augmentation surgeries in all these cases, as well as for many patients who have wanted to increase their breast size to improve their self-esteem or for other personal reasons.  

Breast augmentation procedures restore lost volume by using breast implants, which may be filled with either sterile salt water (saline) or silicone gel. The choice of implant depends on each case. While saline implants are normally inserted empty and then filled once in place, silicone implants come pre-filled with gel. Gel implants have a more natural feel and are becoming more popular than saline implants.

Breast implants are inserted through incisions carefully placed in locations where we can best hide the resulting scars. We can make an incision around the circular area of skin (areola mammae) that surrounds the nipple, in the natural crease beneath the breast where it meets your chest (the inframammary fold), or under your armpit (the axilla). The choice of where to place the scar is usually up to you, based on your preference.*

A successful breast augmentation will restore your breast’s natural shape, and establish a breast size that is in proportion to the rest of your body. For those patients who display a significant sagging of the breasts, a breast lift, or mastopexy, may also be needed to achieve satisfactory results.*



*Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed. 

IN BRIEF

 

LENGTH

1 hour

ANAESTHESIA

General anaesthesia

IN/OUTPATIENT

Outpatient

SIDE EFFECTS

Temporary swelling, mild bruising, and some pain

RISKS

Pain, bleeding, infection, asymmetry, implant failure, scarring around the implant (capsular contracture)

RECOVERY

Back to work: 3 days to one week. More strenuous activity: 2-3 weeks

FINAL APPEARANCE

6-8 weeks for implants to completely descend into final position*