Q. How is breast augmentation performed?
Ans : Breast Enhancement & Reshaping
The incision is 1-2inches long and an adequate pocket is made to place the implant. This pocket is made either directly behind the breast tissue (sub summary) or under the pectoral muscle (sub pectoral), which is located between the breast tissue and the chest wall.
Q. What are the Types, Shapes & Sizes of implants?
Ans : AA breast implant is made of a silicone shell filled either with silicone gel or saline or both. The shape and size of the implants vary according to the expectations of the patient.
In consultation with your plastic surgeon you will have to decide the appropriate breast size, the location of the incisions and whether the implants will be placed on top of or underneath the chest muscle. An incision can be made either underneath the breast, just above the crease (infra mammary), around the lower edge of the areola (dark area around the nipple) (periareolar) or within the armpit (axillary). All breast implants are not alike.
You can choose
- Size: from less than hundred cubic centimetre to more than 500 cc. most common sizes are 250-400 cc
- Type: Silicon filled/ saline filled- Both the implants are safe and effective. Saline implants are popular in USA and silicone in Europe and India. Any type can be used depending on patient and surgeon’s preference.
- Shape: Round/ teardrop: Round is used more commonly.
- Surface: Textured/smooth.
- Brand: Many international brands are available with different costs and warranties.
Q. What are the complications of breast implants?
Ans :There is no evidence that breast implants will cause cancer, affect fertility, pregnancy or your ability to nurse.
Q. When can I resume my normal activities?
Ans :Depending upon your job, you may return to work within a few days. Vigorous movements, especially arm movements may be restricted for two to three weeks.
Q. How will I look and feel immediately after the surgery?
Ans :After the surgery your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings. You may go home after a few hours. You should avoid strenuous activities for a few days after surgery. The sutures if any, will be removed within a week. Initially there will be some discomfort and swelling, but this subsides quickly. Most residual swelling will resolve within a month. You will have to wear a surgical bra or a support bra for a few weeks.