A breast augmentation is a procedure that increases the size, and improves the shape of a breast. There are many reasons for someone to choose a breast augmentation, and it has several benefits. It is a procedure that is performed to
- Enhance current breast size
- Improve breast shape after pregnancy
- Provide balance to your current body shape
- Increase projection of your breasts
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.
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