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Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure that involves increasing the size and shape of the breasts most commonly using breast implants. It is one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures worldwide, chosen by individuals of various ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles who wish to improve their breast appearance and boost their self-confidence. Sometimes, this procedure is performed in conjunction with a breast lift. This is known as an augmentation mastopexy.


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About the operation

The surgical procedure typically lasts for approximately one hour, with patients being discharged either on the same day or the following day, depending on individual circumstances. The use of dissolving stitches ensures that the healing process progresses naturally. On average, it takes about three months for the breasts to fully settle and heal after the operation.


Choosing your breast implants

Sizing is very important as it defines your result. This very individual and is dictated by your proportions (height, shape) and also your wishes. Your surgeon should meet with you twice before undertaking a breast augmentation. You should be able to see and try the different implant sizes available and your surgeon will guide you in your choice but it should be your choice. There are 2 types of Implants, round or shaped (tear-drop). A round implant will give a fuller look to the upper part of the breast and a tear-drop shaped less so.

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What are the possible complications?

The resulting scars are typically situated beneath the breast, either in or just above the breast fold. In the event of an infection, antibiotics may be necessary for treatment, and if bleeding occurs, removal procedures may be required. There is a possibility of a firm scar forming around the implant, which could lead to some discomfort. It's important to note that modern implants are constructed with a firm silicone that is highly resistant to rupture. While these complications are the most common, any additional, albeit rare, potential issues would be thoroughly discussed during the consultation phase to ensure comprehensive awareness and understanding before undergoing the procedure.


When can I get back to work?

Typically, a recommended rest period of two weeks is advised after the procedure, during which individuals are encouraged to ease back into lighter duties to minimize potential soreness. A specially designed surgical bra is provided and recommended for use throughout a six-week period to ensure adequate support during the healing process. Notably, mammography, or breast screening, can be conducted with implants in place, highlighting the compatibility of the procedure with ongoing health monitoring practices.

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