Breast augmentation

Improve breast shape and volume

Breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty is a surgery that aims to improve the shape and volume of the breast through placement of a prosthesis (breast implant). If in the case of breast reduction the main surgical objective is the question of health, in breast augmentation the pressing objective is merely aesthetic.

There are several types of prosthesis and these can be placed in front of or behind the pectoral muscle. There are also three types of incisions – at the level of the armpit, around the nipple or at the level of the infra-mammary fold. Only after a rigorous consultation and with explanation of all these points is it possible to make a joint decision, between patient and surgeon.

In the postoperative period, the use of a specific bra is essential and the period of inactivity varies depending on the type of surgery performed and the patient’s activity. Although the implants do not cause any disease nor are they related to increase in breast pathology, it is necessary to have a mammogram every year.

It is one of the surgeries most frequently performed by plastic surgeons.

Breast augmentation is a surgical technique that consists of implanting a breast prosthesis under the mammary gland or under the fascia of the pectoral muscle. The surgeon will decide the most convenient location, depending on the anatomy and volume of the existing breast.

The procedure consists of a small incision in the breast areola or in the crease under the breast or even in the groove of the armpit.

After placing the breast implant, drains can be placed which will remain in for 24 hours, the incision is then sutured and a compressive bra is placed.

Breast augmentation is done under general anesthesia. It lasts up to 1 h and in most cases it is done on an outpatient basis. Following surgery patients remain under surveillance and undergoing analgesia for a maximum of 8 h.

After surgery the patient goes home with a compressive bra, with or without drains depending on the type of surgery performed.

On the next day the patient returns to perform the first lymphatic drainage massage and to remove any drains present.

The compression bra will stay on day and night for 1 month, lymphatic drainage massage should be performed 3 times per week and stitches are removed after 1 week.

It is advisable to moisturize the skin of the entire breast, apply healing cream or rosehip oil on the scar and use solar protector for 1 year following surgery.

No rigorous exercise during the first month, avoid picking up weights. Restart of work activity will be after 10 days and will depend on the type of work done. During the first year you should not wear a hoop bra.

No, as long as the size of the prosthesis is adequate for the patient. However, there are women who ask for exaggerated prostheses and these can cause breast fall over the years, so it is very important to take into account the surgeon’s recommendations and put prostheses adjusted to the body structure.

Yes. The placement of breast implants above or below the muscle does not interfere with the galactophoric channels at all, so it is always possible to breastfeed.

It cannot be affirmed that the prostheses manufactured today are lifelong. However, the prostheses that are used today are of very high quality and much more resistant than the models that were available a few years back.

One of the main features is the lining that does not cause fibrosis in the part of the tissues that surround it and does not cause the dreaded capsular contracture.

However, there is always risk of early micro-ruptures. Particularly in the first 10 years, but with risk increase over time.

The prices for breast augmentation vary depending on several factors. The most determinant are the type of prosthesis and the location in relation to the muscle. To find out how much a breast augmentation costs for your specific case, make an appointment with our plastic surgery team.

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