Information on Breast Augmentation

Breast enlargement is the most popular procedure to date

If you are unhappy with the size or shape of your breasts, you are not alone. There are many reasons why people choose to have breast enlargement surgery. Breast augmentation plastic surgery is one of the most common procedures performed. Women may choose to undergo breast enlargement surgery for a variety of reasons.

These personal reasons can be due to under developed breasts or because of differences in the sizes of the breasts or from changes after pregnancy/breast feeding. Some women may be happy with their breasts but just want them made fuller. Breast enhancement using breast implants can give a woman more proportional shape and may improve self-esteem.

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Benefits include improved self-esteem and self-image through helping to create a more proportionate figure, hence making clothes buying less stressful and more enjoyable.

Sometimes the degree of asymmetry is greater than average. By increasing the smaller breast it is possible to achieve a much better degree of symmetry following pregnancy or weight loss. By ‘replacing’ the lost tissue with implants can increase self-confidence.

The procedure is ideal for -

  • patients with small breasts
  • disproportionate breasts to the body
  • patients who want a significant enlargement of breast volume
  • women who have unilateral or bilateral breast hypoplasia – this is the incomplete development of the breasts wherein they remain small
  • women who have unilateral or bilateral breast agenesis – this refers to the involution of the breast

Your expert nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection will discuss all your options and answer any questions or concerns you have about the procedure while assisting you with the initial steps toward surgery.

Your surgeon will advise you about the surgery and discuss your medical history (when you are to discontinue or resume activities like smoking, or taking aspirin or any other medication). They will ensure that you are medically fit for the procedure.

Before your breast enlargement surgery you will need to purchase a sports bra to take with you to the hospital – the size will be agreed on with your plastic surgeon and yourself during your consultation. Some women may be required to undergo a mammogram. You will be able to present your expectations to your plastic surgeon. Discuss incision sites and the placement of the implant and discuss the brand of implant that will be used for surgery.

Your Profile Perfection nurse counsellor will be available at all times to answer any questions you have post consultation with the surgeon. The surgery plan will be made between you and your plastic surgeon, but the final decision whether to have the surgery is always yours and should not be made in a rush. Contact with your nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection is vital through these stages of decision making.

The plastic surgeon will visit you in your room and may mark the breast area with a pen in preparation for your surgery. Your plastic surgeon will also obtain your final consent, and answer any last minute questions you may have.

You will be placed under general anaesthetic for the procedure. The plastic surgeon creates a pocket in each breast into which the implants are inserted and will make adjustments to achieve the best possible symmetry before the incisions are closed with sutures.

The procedure will take between 1-2 hours and when you wake up from the anaesthetic you will have your dressings and sports bra in place.

There may be drainage tubes in place to collect any leakage of blood – these will be removed before you go home. You will need to stay in hospital overnight but will be free to go home the following morning.

Incisions

The location of the incision sites will depend on the surgeon’s recommendation, with regards to your anatomy and your choice.

The choices are as follows:

In the fold of the skin under your breast (inframammary approach)

Across or around the bottom or outer edge of the areola (areolar/peri areolar)

The arm pit (transaxillary)

Placement of implants

Implants are placed behind the breast tissue, not within.

The surgeon places the implant either between the breast tissue and the chest muscle or behind the large pectoral chest muscle.

Following breast enlargement surgery your surgeon will use standard or dissolvable stitches to close the incisions, dress the area thoroughly and cover this with a specialist sports bra. Your stitches will usually be removed seven days after your operation, but this is not necessary if you have had dissolvable stitches.

You will be advised to wear a sports bra 24 hours a day for between eight and 12 weeks after your operation to ensure that your new breasts are completely supported during the recovery process.

It is normal to experience discomfort following breast augmentation and you will be advised to rest when you get home to assist recovery.

You may feel sore and tender and the area might be swollen and bruised, but all of these symptoms will ease after a few days and should disappear completely a few weeks after your operation

If you have young children you will need to arrange for someone to help you with them and also with basic household chores for approximately one week.

It is advisable to refrain from work for between one to two weeks, depending on your occupation; however, most people who have a desk based job will be fit for work after seven days.

Your plastic surgeon will give you specific advice regarding returning to work and other activities such as exercise.

It is necessary for you to refrain from bathing and showering until you have been seen at the clinic for your first wound check, at approximately 7-14 days.

You will also be asked to sleep on your back for the first few weeks.

It is very important that you attend the appointments that have been made for you to care for your wounds and see your plastic surgeon post-operatively.

Please do not wear an underwire bra until you have discussed this with your plastic surgeon.

Please arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital.

You will have your own personal Profile Perfection nurse counsellor both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.

Our nurses advise you to consider the following questions before your surgery:

Here are some of the questions you may want to ask your surgeon on this visit.

  • Who is the best candidate for this procedure?
  • What are the risks involved in this surgery?
  • What should I expect after the surgery?
  • Is it still possible to breast feed babies after the surgery?
  • To what degree will the sensation in my nipples be altered after the surgery?
  • How long will it take for the swelling to go away after the surgery?
  • How long should I wear a special bra after the breast augmentation surgery?
  • How are you going to determine the size of the implant?
  • How long will the implants last?
  • Will I experience any pain during and after the surgery?
  • How long will it take before I resume normal activities?
  • How much will the entire surgery cost?
  • What are the implants made of?
  • What will hold the implants in place?
  • Where will you make the incisions?
  • What kind of incision are you going to make?
  • How will the scars look after the surgery?

Will breast augmentation surgery be painful?

You will be placed under general anaesthetic for the procedure so you will be fast asleep. Following the procedure you will experience some discomfort and aching. Discomfort responds rapidly to oral pain medications.

When will I be able to exercise?

It is advised that you take approximately four weeks off strenuous work outs, however, listen to your body as it will let you know if you are doing too much.

How long does the treatment take?

Is the treatment painful and if so what form of anaesthesia is used?

What type of care will I need after treatment?

Will I need pain relief following treatment?

Will I have swelling or bruising and can these be treated?

Will I need to wear a supportive garment?

Will a breast enlargement (augmentation) last?

These are just some of the commonly asked questions but please feel free to ask your nurse at Profile Perfection for more information.

It is important that your decision to have a cosmetic surgery procedure is considered carefully.

There are also some possible risks, as with all surgical operations, which your plastic surgeon will talk through and explain to you at your consultation, answering any questions you may have.

This is your opportunity to discuss your intended surgery so the plastic surgeon can ascertain your expectations as to what can realistically be achieved.

Initially you should have a detailed consultation at Profile Perfection to discuss the different types of procedure options available to you. Together we can discuss the options of which surgeons are specialised in this type of procedure and organise a consultation with the surgeon.

Once all of your questions and queries have been answered and you are ready to go ahead with the procedure we can start your journey. You will have a high level of support from beginning to end.

Having a procedure can be very daunting and you will feel that you do not know which procedure will be best for you. Which surgeon should I pick? Who will answer all of my questions when I get worried? What questions should l ask the surgeon?

Your expert nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection will discuss all your options and answer any questions or concerns you have about the procedure while assisting you with the initial steps towards surgery through to recovery.

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