Breast augmentation or breast enlargement is an operation carried out to enlarge the breasts by placing an implant under the breast tissue or behind the breast muscle. Reasons for choosing to have breast augmentation may be due to lack of development during puberty, weight loss after pregnancy or to correct a difference in size or shape between the two breasts. Those having
treatment for breast cancer or other conditions that have had an effect on breast size or shape may also consider implants.
What does the operation involve?
A breast augmentation operation involves surgically inserting breast enlargement implants behind the natural tissue or under the breast muscle.
The procedure takes approximately 1 hour and is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. The implants are inserted through an incision made in the skin beneath the breast. A pocket of space is then made for the implant to be inserted. Finally the cut is closed with stitches and a supportive dressing is wrapped around the breasts.
What to expect post surgery?
Specialist post–op care:
> TED stockings to be worn for 2 weeks.
> Micropore tape to the scars - once well healed – for at least three months.
> Moisturise scar after first 3 months.
> Sports bra (no under-wiring) to be worn during the day for the first 3 months.
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What are the risks?
Common side effects:
> Some hardness or numbness in the breast.
> Discomfort, bruising and swelling of the breasts.
> Scars will remain but should fade with time.
Uncommon but potential complications:
As with any operation problems may arise with an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic, excessive bleeding, blood clots or infection. Complications can occur during or after the procedure.
Further risks relating specifically to breast augmentation include:
> Capsular Contracture: this occurs when the scar tissue around the implant begins to contract, causing the implant to become hard or deformed. When this happens the implant must be removed.
> There is a possibility that the implants may rupture, leak or deflate.