Many women consider the size and shape of their breasts to be an essential part of their overall appearance. When you feel that your breasts are too small, it’s possible to suffer from significant psychological and social problems that affect confidence and self-esteem. From difficulty finding well-suited clothing to poor self-image, feelings of lost femininity, and unattractiveness, the ramifications can be severe. Breast augmentation using breast implants might be a good option to help you when you are suffering from such problems.
Breast Augmentation: What Are the Options?There are many ways to carry out a breast augmentation procedure. Some of the things to consider include:
Is Breast Augmentation Right for Me?Breast augmentation with implants is an excellent, safe option for women who wish to enhance the volume and shape of their breasts within a realistic, natural shape and size. In my practice, I advise against having breast augmentation surgery to achieve extremely large sizes, as this may cause short- and long-term complications. When your family has a history of breast cancer, or you are older than 40, it is strongly advised that you have a mammogram before undertaking any breast surgery.
What Will Happen During the Consultation?I will take a detailed history to explore your concerns and requirements. I will examine your breasts for asymmetry, lumps, and abnormalities. I will take some measurements. Then, I will give you breast sizers to help you estimate the volume of the implants. I will discuss what options are available regarding implant shapes and sizes, as well as skin incision and pockets. If you are a good candidate for surgery, I will explain the procedure in detail, as well as the recovery process, and possible risks and complications.
What Happens on the Day of Surgery?The procedure will be a day case surgery, meaning you’ll be able to return home the same day. I will see you before surgery to draw some markings on your skin. Then, the anaesthetist will see you to begin the anaesthesia. During the surgery, you will be given a dose of antibiotic to reduce the risk of infection. I will infiltrate the breasts with plenty of local anaesthetic to numb the skin and deep tissue. When you wake up after surgery, you may feel some tightness in the chest due to the pressure of the implants. However, you should not feel any significant pain because of the local anaesthetics. You will be given strong painkillers to take home. These should control all pain and discomfort.
What is the Recovery Process?You will experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort for the first few days. The pain will be controlled by taking the painkillers on a regular basis. It usually takes one to two weeks to return to day-to-day activities. It may take up to four weeks to return to full physical activities. You should wear a well-fitted support bra and refrain from upper-body physical exercise, or sleeping on your chest, for 6 weeks after surgery.
What Follow-up Do I Get?I will see you one week after surgery to check the condition of the wounds, 6-8 weeks later to assess the condition of the scars., and after 6 months to check the shape of the breasts.
Are There Any Alternatives?That depends on your aims and expectations, which are better measured during the consultation. For example, a mastopexy (breast uplift) may be the best option when your main concern is the shape, rather than the size, of your breasts. A more natural alternative to silicone implants is using your own fat tissue. This may be removed from the abdomen, flanks, or thighs and transferred to the breasts. This is known as breast lipomodelling.