Some of the reasons for having Breast Augmentation:
- To improve self-esteem.
- To enlarge breasts that have not developed naturally.
- To help create a more proportionate figure and hence make clothes buying much more enjoyable.
- Sometimes the degree of asymmetry is greater than average (very few women have symmetric breasts). By increasing the smaller breast it is possible to achieve a much better degree of symmetry
- Following pregnancy or weight loss, the breast size can reduce. By “replacing” the lost tissue with an implant, the breast will look rejuvenated and full. If there is a degree of loose skin, this may require a mastopexy (uplift).
Breast Augmentation explained
Breast Augmentation operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and will take approximately 1-1½ hours. An incision, approximately 5 cm long will be made in the crease of the underside of the breast.
Once the incision is made, Dr Kelly will create a pocket for the implant to lie in. This may be either below the muscle or below the breast tissue. Your size and shape will determine the outcome of the position of the implant and will be discussed fully during the consultation with Dr Kelly.
Following the surgery you will have stitches in place, covered with a dressing and a sports bra. An appointment for a dressing change will be made a week later, followed by the stitches being removed a week thereafter. You will need to wear the sports bra 24-hours a day for an additional 6 weeks.
You will also have suction drains in your breasts, which will be removed the day following the procedure before you go home. Your breasts will be firm and swollen at first, and will take several weeks to settle and adopt a more natural position and feel. Wearing your sports bra will provide the necessary comfort and support.
Before your surgery
You will need to purchase a sports bra to take with you to the hospital. These bras are available from our rooms as well. Dr Kelly and yourself will decide on the size during the consultation. Some women may be request to undergo a mammogram. It is advisable to make any change to your weight before surgery - this will give you a more long-lasting result. If you are considering having children in the near future, it may be better to wait and have surgery after completing your family as the fluctuations in the breast size during pregnancy will alter the outcome.
Dr Kelly will visit you in the ward. When you wake up from the anaesthetic you will have dressings and your sports bra in place. You will be offered pain relief should you require it, and there will be drain tubes in place to collect any leakage of blood – these will be removed before you go home. You will need to stay in the hospital overnight and will be able to go home the following morning.
You may be given antibiotics and painkillers to take. It is normal to experience discomfort following Breast Augmentation and you will be advised to rest when you get home to assist recovery. If you have young children you will need to arrange for someone to help you with them as well as basic household chores for approximately 2 weeks. You will also be asked not to drive or lift heavy objects for 2 weeks. It is advisable to refrain from work for a period of 1-2 weeks, depending on your occupation; however most people who have a clerical job will be fit for work after a week. Dr Kelly will give you specific advice regarding returning to work, exercise etc.
It is necessary for you to refrain from bathing and showering until you have been seen for your first dressing change, approximately 7-10 days post surgery. You will also be asked to sleep on your back for the first few weeks. It is very important that you attend the follow-up appointments that have been set up for you.