Breast Augmentation (implants)
Procedure: The breast augmentation surgery improves the size and appearance of the breasts by implanting silicone implants either under or over the chest muscle, thus producing a cosmetic enhancement.
Length: This procedure takes approximately two hours.
Anesthesia: A breast implantation procedure is ususally performed under general anesthesia and the patient is completely asleep. Or else, an intravenous sedation is used in association with local anesthesia.
Inpatient/Outpatient: The breast augmentation procedure is usually carried on an outpatient basis.
Possible Side Effects: Possible side effects from a breast augmentation surgery may include mild, temporary discomfort, mild to moderate swelling, a change in nipple sensation(either more or less), and temporary bruising. Breasts may be sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks.
Risks: The breast implants may need to be removed and/or replaced to treat problems including: implant rupture, the formation of scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture), which may cause the breast to feel tight or hard, bleeding and/or infection. Other risks are an increase or decrease in sensitivity of the nipples or breast skin, which occasionally may be permanent.
Recovery: The patient recovering from a breast augmentation can return to work within a few days. She should avoid any physical contact with breasts (excluding her bra) for approximately three to four weeks. Scars should fade and flatten anywhere from three months to two years after surgery, depending upon how an individual heals.
Results: The outcome of a breast augmentation varies from patient-to-patient. However the overall effect is enhancement of breast size for improved appearance.