Breast augmentation is the surgical placement of breast implants to increase fullness and projection of the breasts or to improve symmetry of the breasts. In general, it is a cosmetic procedure strictly performed to fulfill your personal desire for fuller breasts or to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy.
Your plastic surgeon performs breast augmentation using implants made of a silicone shell filled with saline solution. Should the implant rupture or leak, the saline is safely absorbed by the body and poses no health hazard. Implant placement, type and size will be determined based on your breast anatomy, body type and desired increase in size, as well as your plastic surgeon’s judgment. Breast implants have not been shown to impair breast health. However, breast implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime and maintenance is required. This includes mammograms and possibly replacement of one or both implants over the course of the patient’s lifetime.
Incision sites include infra mammary (near the crease under the breast), axillary (in the underarm area), periareolar (in the pigmented skin around the nipple), or transumbilical (through the navel). Incision patterns vary based on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, patient anatomy, and patient and surgeon preference. Through the incision a pocket is created usually directed beneath the pectoral muscle (submuscular).
Breast augmentation is performed in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia. Initial healing may include swelling and discomfort which are controlled with pain medication and a muscle relaxant. Arm movement is limited the first few days, and most people are able to resume to normal life activities at 7 to 10 days.
We recommend one week off work and arm movement needs to be be limited for the first three days. You do not want to raise your arms above your head and do not want to lift/pull anything over 10 pounds for the first week.You do not want to do any chest exercises for 4-6 weeks after surgery. A person should be able to resume normal activities after one week.