Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, breast enlargement, or breast implant surgery, is a surgical enhancement procedure designed to accentuate the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. While breast augmentation will make the breasts larger, the surgery will not move the breasts closer together or lift sagging breasts. Breast augmentation is of tremendous benefit to patients who desire a fuller profile or who have lost breast volume due to pregnancy or nursing.
Reasons for Considering Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation involves making a small incision to insert a breast implant into the breast area in order to enlarge the breast. The surgery is commonly performed on an outpatient basis at a hospital or state-of-the-art surgical unit while the patient is under a general anaesthesia and asleep. There are several possible locations for the small incision that will be used for inserting the implant. The two most frequent locations for the incision are either around the areola or on the breast crease. Dr Goh will discuss the best technique for your individual needs during your consultation.
During surgery, the breast tissue is then raised to create an open pocket under the breast tissue or beneath the chest wall muscle. Inserting an implant behind each breast can increase a woman’s breast size by one or more bra cup sizes. Implants typically compose of silicone gel encased in a silicone shell. Surgery typically lasts from 1 to 2 hours.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Bandages are applied right after surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. Once the bandages are removed, a supportive bra will need to be worn for several weeks. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with the surgery. This pain can be treated effectively with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions given after surgery.