Mammoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure in which a qualified surgeon will insert a saline or silicone implant under the breast tissue or under the pectoral muscle, increasing the size of the breast. Breast implants can be inserted through an incision around the areola or in the groove under the breast. With this operation your breasts will look more aesthetic both in size and shape, which will give you a more natural and attractive appearance.
It consists of inserting and placing an implant, there are three techniques:
- Periareolar incision.
- Axillary incision.
- Inframammary incision.
Incisions are made to keep the scars as inconspicuous as possible. The breast implant can be inserted directly beneath the breast tissue or beneath the pectoral muscle.
What do I have to do before pre-operation?
- Complete blood test
- Bilateral Mammography
- Chest x-rays
Post Operation Breast Augmentation
You should wear a sports or surgical bra. Excessive exertion or movement should be avoided for the first 15 days after surgery until the stitches are removed.
After the first 15 days of the operation it is necessary to start with progressive massages. Massages are very important, the idea is to facilitate the capsule that forms around the implant and thus avoid capsular contracture.
Capsular contracture: Capsular contracture consists of an increase in the hardness of the tissues surrounding the prosthesis. However, this capsule can thicken, harden and in more advanced degrees even generate a change of position of the prosthesis and local pain. Treatment for capsular contracture may require surgery, implant change or even removal.
- Anesthesia: general anesthesia.
- Place of the procedure: Hospital.
- Surgery time: Between 1 and 2 hours.
- Length of hospital stay: 1 night.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation
Am I a candidate for breast augmentation?
Ideal candidates are women who want to increase the size of their breasts, for different reasons:
- Women who feel that the size of their breasts is too small or disproportionate to their body.
- Women with insufficient development.
- Women with whom they have developed unequal breasts and want symmetrical breasts.
- Women who have lost a lot of weight and their breasts have shrunk.
- Women whose breast size and shape have changed after childbirth and breastfeeding.
It is also important that women who want breast augmentation learn about the risks and benefits of this procedure and have realistic expectations of the results.
How should I prepare for breast surgery?
After preoperative testing and proper monitoring, about two weeks before surgery, patients should stop smoking or drinking alcohol to reduce the risk of blood clots or infection. Certain medications such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications should also be avoided as they can increase bleeding.
If your breast augmentation is done on an outpatient basis, it is important to arrange a transfer to the hospital on the day of the operation and, conveniently, to have someone who can stay with the patient the first night after surgery. Finally, it should be noted that patients with long-term treatments will also be supervised by the doctor who will decide whether or not to suppress the medication being taken prior to surgery.
How is breast augmentation surgery performed?
Breast augmentation is usually done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The details of the procedure will depend on the method you and your surgeon choose. A surgeon will make a small incision in the submammary fold, armpit, or areola, and the implant will be placed behind the breast tissue or under the muscle. After the surgery is complete, the patient will be taken to the recovery room for a short period of time and closely monitored. Consult your plastic surgeon for all relevant details and your specific needs at the general information appointments.
What are the risks associated with breast augmentation surgery?
As with any surgery, there are risks associated with breast augmentation. Possible complications may include reactions to anesthesia, blood clots, infection, and changes in breast or nipple sensation. One of the most common risks associated with breast augmentation is capsular contracture, which occurs when the scar around the implant hardens or becomes stiff or if there is an extreme scar around the implant.
After surgery, can I breastfeed normally?
Yes, without any problem. Implants do not affect lactation
When can I get back to work?
You could go back to work three or four days after surgery, with some restrictions, since you can't take heavy things, or drive and some more restrictions that the doctor will tell you.
When will I be ready to play sports again?
After about three weeks.
What is the ideal implant size?
That is a point you should discuss with your surgeon, the size of the implants should be proportional to the contour of your silhouette to achieve a more attractive result.
Is it necessary to change the implants after several years?
Implants do not expire although, after years and as a consequence of gravity and aging, it would probably be necessary to change them in order to maintain aesthetic results.