Breast Augmentation / Enlargement Diagnosis & Treatment

Breast augmentation, also known as mammoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that increases breast size. It can be performed for various reasons, including enhancing body contour and proportion, restoring breast volume after weight loss or pregnancy, or achieving desired symmetry after mastectomy (breast removal). Here at LIPS, our board-certified surgeons utilise advanced techniques and high-quality implants to create natural-looking, long-lasting results that align with your unique aesthetic goals.

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Preparing For Your Breast Augmentation

The initial step involves a thorough discussion with your plastic surgeon to express your desires regarding the size, texture, and overall appearance of your breasts.


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What Happens During a Breast Implant Procedure

Here is a breakdown of what typically happens during the breast implant procedure:

  • Choosing the Incision Site:

Your surgeon will start by making a single cut. The location of this cut can be under your breast (known as inframammary), under your arm (referred to as axillary), or around your nipple (termed periareolar).

  • Creating Space for the Implant:

Post-incision, the next step involves lifting your breast tissue and making room for the implant. This space can be either behind the chest wall muscle or in front of it.

  • Inserting the Implant:

Depending on your choice and prior discussions with your surgeon, a saline or silicone implant will be inserted. If it’s saline, it goes in empty and is filled once in place. If it’s silicone, it’s pre-filled.

  • Closing Up:

With the implant securely in place, your surgeon will stitch up the incision and apply bandages, often using skin adhesive and surgical tape to aid the healing process.

  • Duration:

Typically, the procedure lasts 60 to 90 minutes.


Recovery After Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a significant procedure, and like any surgery, it requires a period of recovery. Here’s what you can generally expect during this time:

  • Post-Surgery Movement:

Most people find they can get up and move around soon after the procedure. This is an important part of the recovery process.

  • Time Off Work:

Planning for adequate time off is essential. You’ll likely need to take one to two weeks away from work to allow your body the time it needs to heal.

  • Driving:

Avoid driving for at least the first week post-surgery.

  • Wearing a Sports Bra:

Many surgeons recommend wearing a sports bra constantly for up to three months after surgery. This helps in supporting your breasts and keeping them secure as they heal. Be sure to confirm this with your own surgeon, as recommendations can vary.

  • Restricting Activities:

For the first month following surgery, steer clear of heavy lifting and strenuous exercise.


In terms of your recovery timeline:

  • First One to Two Weeks:

Any non-dissolvable stitches will be taken out. If you have dissolvable stitches, they will start to disappear on their own.

  • Six Weeks:

By this point, you should be able to return to most of your regular activities. Additionally, any scars should begin to become less noticeable.

  • Several Months Post-Surgery:

Your breasts should have settled more, taking on a more natural look and feel. You might also be able to stop wearing the sports bra around this time.

While recovery is ongoing, keep an eye out for any signs of complications, such as warmth and redness in the breast area, fever, shortness of breath, or chest pain. These could be indicators of an infection or other issues, and you should reach out to your surgeon right away if you experience them.

Remember, every person’s body is different. Follow your surgeon’s advice and give yourself the necessary time to heal.


The Longevity of Breast Implants

Breast implants are durable, but they are not designed to last forever. Over time, they may need to be replaced or revised to maintain the desired aesthetic and ensure safety.

Generally, implants can last from 10 to 15 years. However, this does not mean they will automatically need replacement after this period. Some may last longer, while others might require attention sooner.

Around the 10-year mark, some individuals might consider additional surgery. This could be due to a variety of reasons:

  • Changes in personal preference regarding size or shape

  • Complications with the implants, such as rupture or leakage

  • Natural changes in breast tissue over time, altering the appearance and feel of the implants

Anyone with breast implants should maintain regular check-ups and stay vigilant for any changes in their breasts’ appearance or feel.


Risks of Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation carries certain risks and potential complications. These include the following:

  • Scar Tissue:

There is a possibility of scar tissue forming and altering the shape of the breast implant, a condition known as capsular contracture.

  • Pain in the Breasts:

Some people experience pain in their breasts post-surgery.

  • Changes in Sensation:

You might notice changes in the sensation of your nipples and breasts.

  • Shift in Implant Position:

The implant could shift from its original position.

  • Implant Leakage or Rupture:

The implant can leak or rupture, requiring further intervention.

  • Hardening of Breast:

This happens when scar tissue shrinks around the implant and is known  as capsular contracture.

  • Creases or Folds:

The implant may develop wrinkles or folds.

  • Abnormal Shape:

If the implant rotates within the breast, it could lead to an irregular shape.

  • Rippling of Implant:

This is when the implant is covered only by a thin tissue layer, leading to visible rippling.

  • Breastfeeding:

If you breastfeed post-surgery, you might produce slightly less milk.


Addressing these issues could require additional surgeries, either to remove or replace the implants.

Every surgery has general risks, including:

  • Bleeding and Clots:

Although rare, blood clots can pose a severe risk.

  • Infection:

Any infection that does occur would typically be treated with antibiotics.

  • Allergic Reactions:

You might have an allergic reaction to medicines or products used during the surgery.

Breast Implant Illness

Some people have reported systemic symptoms. This is called breast implant illness (BII); however, the connection to breast implants is not fully understood.

Symptoms can include fatigue, memory issues, skin rashes, joint pain, and more. Removing the implants may alleviate these symptoms, and research is ongoing to understand this condition better.

Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)

This is a rare type of immune system cell cancer linked to breast implants. It has been found in a very small number of individuals with implants located in the scar tissue surrounding the implant.


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