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A breast augmentation provides the patient with an improved appearance of the breasts. This surgery may be chosen for both aesthetic and functional purposes.
Generally, breast augmentation surgery is conducted purely for aesthetic reasons.
However, breast augmentation surgery has many functional benefits, including the correction of deformities and a reconstructive option for women who have experienced breast cancer and undergone a mastectomy.
A breast augmentation will increase the size and shape of the breast.
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- What breast augmentation surgery is
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Not everyone is a suitable candidate for breast augmentation surgery.
Dr Perron highly recommends extensively researching the procedure prior to making the decision to undergo surgery.
During you initial consultation; Dr Perron will discuss your specific circumstances and expectations, and help decide what is best for you.
A breast augmentation operation takes approximately 60-90 minutes, and is performed under a general anaesthetic.
Implant placement can be performed through three ways:
- Peri-areolar (incision around the nipple)
- Trans-axillary (through the armpit)
- Infra-mammary fold (in the breast crease)
Each of these approaches has their own benefits, and drawbacks. The reason for choosing one approach over another can be due to surgeon preference, type of implant, and patient preference. The most common approach is infra-mammary or in the breast crease, and is the preferred way to place implants by Dr. Perron.
The location or placement of an implant is most commonly behind the chest muscle (pectoralis major, or ‘pec’ muscle). Typically, part of the implant is behind the muscle, and part is behind the breast tissue (dual plane). There are variations to this technique, and they are used in variable ways. The technique used depends on a patient’s individual anatomy, and the type, and size of implant.
Recovery can be variable, but usually takes about 1-2 weeks before you feel ‘back to normal’. Return to full physical activity (gym work/heavy lifting) should be avoided for 2-3 months depending on the type of implant. Breast swelling can persist for several months before a final result is seen.
Although uncommon, like all surgical procedures complications can potentially occur. This will result in a longer recovery time. However, most patients recover effectively during the first two weeks. After these two weeks you will generally be able to return to social activity and office-based work. Swelling will largely be resolved and you may start to feel more comfortable with your new figure. More strenuous physical activity should be limited for 6 weeks.
There are risks with any procedure. The general risks, as with any procedure include the following:
- Blood clots
Specific risks associated with a breast augmentation include the following:
- Capsular contracture
- Collection of fluid around the implant
- Change of sensation to the breast and nipple
- Sore shoulders
- Implant rupture