Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation, or Breast Implants, is a cosmetic surgery procedure where synthetic implants are inserted to enhance the symmetry, size, and shape of your breasts.
Expertly performed breast augmentation procedures can transform your body and the way you see yourself. Breast Implants are most commonly chosen because their ability to :
- Increase the shape and size of smaller breasts
- lift a saggy or droopy bust-line
- Improve fullness and projection in breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Restore breast volume after weight loss
- Reconstruction after mastectomy as a result of breast cancer treatment
- Reshape congenital or developmental abnormalities
- Correct breast asymmetry where one breast is smaller than the other
Fat concentrate transplant breast surgery is also termed breast reconstruction and can be performed for enhancement after breast removal (Mastectomy). Breast augmentation requires a good amount of artistry along with medical and surgical expertise to create patients' desirable results. It takes experience to achieve the right balance between aesthetics and symmetry.
Choosing the Size Of Your Breast Implants
Breast Implants are available in various shapes, sizes and height profiles to match a patient's wishes and the doctor's needs. They can be round, tear-shaped and low or high-projection implants.
The decision about the size of the implant and, eventually, the size of the breasts after augmentation is a mutual decision taken by the patient and the surgeon, as there are important factors to consider, such as age, the elasticity of the skin and the patient's health.
At the initial consultation, Dr Mark Attalla will advise on breast implant size and provide a sample for patients to try on so they can perceive what it looks and feels like after surgery.
How the Procedure Works
Fat concentrate transplant Breast Augmentation surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, and the surgery lasts about one to two hours. It is a delicate surgery requiring an eye for form and scale.
Breast implants are placed beneath the skin, where a space is constructed known as a pocket. The position of the pocket depends on desired results. They are placed completely below the upper chest muscle (Pectoralis Major), below the breast gland, or partly under the muscle (dual plan).
Incisions can be made around the areola or under the breast fold; when positioned with the right tissue plan and height, implants can provide the ideal amount of lift to your breasts. Breast implant surgery can be combined with using the patient's fat to add more volume and provide a more natural look and feel. This is called fat transfer breast augmentation.
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Initial Side Effects
Post-breast enlargement surgery, a few side effects are reasonably common. After the surgery, you will wear a specifically designed surgical bra. Usually, no discomfort is felt for up to 8 hours as an anaesthetist will administer local anaesthesia injections into your breasts.
As the local anaesthetic effect starts to wear off, many patients experience tightness in their breast tissue and depending on your build and threshold for pain, mild to moderate discomfort may be felt. Patients with implants placed behind their chest wall may experience marginally more pain in the first couple of weeks after their surgery.
Other immediate side effects associated with breast augmentation procedures that are seldom experienced are localised bleeding and hardening of the implant capsule.
Breast Augmentation Results
It usually takes a few weeks after undergoing breast enhancement surgery for the effects to show fully. During this time, the breasts will heal; the swelling will go down, and the implants will settle down to their final position. It may be several months post-surgery before seeing the finished results.
Although breast implants aren't considered permanent, with regular exercise, a healthy diet and lifestyle, regular check-ups and following the surgeon's post-operative care instructions, the results can be maintained for years to come. How long the results last depends on many factors, such as the patient's genetics, the type of implants used, and the surgeon's skill.
It's important to understand that breast augmentation is a highly invasive procedure that does come with potential risks and complications, such as:
- Infection: At the incision site or around the implant - it can be managed with antibiotics, or in rare cases, the implant in the breast may need to be removed temporarily.
- Capsular contracture: This is the development of thick scar tissue that can cause pain, tightness or asymmetry of the breasts, usually in those prone to autoimmune disease
- Implant rupture or leakage: Implants can rupture or leak over time. Saline implants will deflate if they rupture, and the body can safely absorb the saline solution. Silicone implants may have a silent rupture, which may not be immediately noticeable. Regular monitoring and potential replacement may be necessary.
- Changes in breast sensation: Some patients may experience temporary or permanent changes in nipple or breast sensation after surgery. This can range from hypersensitivity to numbness.
- Scarring: All surgical procedures leave scars that depend on the surgical technique used.
- Breast asymmetry: There may be slight differences in the position, breast shape and size
- Pain and discomfort: Temporary pain, soreness, swelling and bruising are common after surgery. Symptoms usually subside as the healing process progresses.
- Anesthesia risks: General anesthesia carries its own set of risks, including adverse reactions and complications.
- Revisional surgeries: Breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime, and additional surgeries may be required for implant replacement or removal.
Taking the Next Step
If you are considering breast augmentation in Melbourne, the first step is to schedule a consultation with our specialist plastic surgeon. He will be able to answer all your questions and work out the total cost of your breast surgery so you can decide whether the procedure is right for you. Dr Attalla at Chelsea Cosmetics is highly experienced and can help you understand all your breast implant options and achieve the breast size you have always wanted. You can call our clinic on (03) 8822 3472 or book your consultation by filling in our form.
*All cosmetic surgery is invasive and carries risk
**Individual results vary as the outcomes experienced by one person do not necessarily reflect the outcomes that other people may experience, due to many factors, including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.
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