Loose, sagging breasts are a common problem seen in women following childbirth and lactation. Breast augmentation is an excellent option for regaining those youthful curves. Silicone implants are inserted to restore volume and shape of the breasts.
Ideal candidates include women following childbirth. It can also be used in congenitally small breasts or for correction of breast asymmetries. Implants come in various sizes and shapes. The choice of an implant is made following a detailed examination and a discussion of the optimum results with the patient.
The procedure is usually performed under general anaesthesia. It’s a short duration surgical procedure. Post op care mandates the use of supportive bras to ensure patient comfort . Heavy exercises and driving are prohibited after the surgery for a few weeks.
Lipoinjection is another option for small volume plumping of breast such as cleavage creation. Fat is aspirated from the abdomen or thighs and centrifuged before being injected with fine cannulas. The advantage of lipo injection is the soft, natural feel of fat with longevity of results.
Will i have a scar following breast implants?
Breast implants are usually placed using incisions which are hidden and therefore not conspicuous. There are three main types of incisions used in placing an implant. These are:
1. Inframammary: This incision is placed in the crease below the breast. It is around 4 to 5 cms long depending on the size of the implant. This is a hidden area which becomes almost invisible over the course of time.
2. Periareolar: This incision is made around the nipple, at the junction between the aerola and breast skin.This incision has a limitation in case a very large implant is being placed. It is more visible than a inframmary incision and so not preferred by most surgeons.
3. Axillary: This is made in the armpit along the armpit crease. It is technically more demanding than the above two incisions. Though preferred by many, it is a little more prone to infection obn account of the bacterial load in the area. Surgeons usually use an endoscopic approach when inserting an implant via this incision.
How long do implants last?
Implants can last a lifetime in most cases. However, certain situations can arise when an implant may need to be removed or replaced. These include implant infection, capsular contracture or the rare event of implant rupture or leakage.The other scenario is when the patient wants a bigger implant to correct age related changes of sagging and stretching of breasts.The other scenario is when the patient wants a bigger implant to correct age related changes of sagging and stretching of breasts.
When can I resume my normal activities after the surgery?
The surgery is a day care procedure and the patient can return home the same day. Surgical bras are advised for a period of 6 weeks thereafter. People are generally able to return to office within a week. However, a period of 3 to 6 weeks is essential before one resumes strenuous activities like jogging, workouts or weight training.
Do implants interfere with breast feeding?
Implants placed with the proper surgical technique and the suitable kind of incision do not interfere significantly with breast feeding.
What are the possible side effects?
Implant surgery in the hands of an experienced surgeon is generally considered safe. However, like any other surgery, some potential risks and side effects exist. These include pain, chest tightness, changes in breast and nipple sensation and asymmetry. Less common side effects include bleeding and infection. Long term complications include deflation or implant leakage requiring implant removal.