Breasts are one of the most feminine parts of the body and soft curves can improve your profile and even possibly your confidence.
Dr Ian Chinsee and Dr Zacharia offer breast implants at Norwood Day Surgery in Adelaide to patients who feel self-conscious about the size of their breasts.
Reasons for breast augmentation
Many women consider having breast augmentation surgery. Some have breasts that did not fully develop or developed unevenly. Some have always felt their breasts were too small, and some have experienced changes in their breasts’ size and shape after pregnancy or weight change or simply as they have grown older. Whatever your reasons for considering breast augmentation, it is important to remember that the decision is yours alone. You should never consider having the surgery to please someone else. You should also remember that, like all aesthetic surgery procedures, breast implants can only change your figure, not your life.
About the breast implants procedure
Breast augmentation is a well-established procedure that has been performed on more than three million women worldwide over the last three decades. The majority of women who have had the procedure report that they are very pleased with the result. Through the use of breast implants, this surgery can increase the size of your breasts and correct uneven breasts. It may also be used to correct drooping breasts but may require an additional lift procedure for the best results. At Norwood Day Surgery we have modern accredited facilities to take care of you while you have your procedure.
General anaesthetic will be used during a breast implants procedure so that you will not feel any pain while the procedure is being performed. Breast augmentation is performed as a day surgery procedure, as you will arrive in the morning and go home late afternoon. We advise a two-week recovery period for this procedure so that the incisions can full recover and your body can recuperate.
Your breast implants consultation
Successful breast augmentation surgery begins with careful planning to meet your particular goals. The goal of breast implant surgery is to give you the most natural looking breasts possible of the size and shape that you desire.
At your consultation we can show you various sizes of breast implants to determine the correct size for you. Remember your goal is a size that looks both natural and pleasing. You and your surgeon will also discuss whether your implant should be placed behind your breast tissue or behind the pectoral muscle as well, and where your scars will be located. Finally you’ll discuss the risks related to breast augmentation and what you should expect during your recovery.
Common considerations and important information that you’ll need to know when considering breast augmentation are below:
Silicone gel or Saline implants?
There are many choices involved in breast augmentation, such as size and volume, to ensure the procedure is tailored to your needs. There are two main categories of implants available: saline or silicone gel. Saline breast implants contain salt water and there is a general perception that they are safer than silicone gel, if they should leak it is not an issue as salt water is totally harmless. There are a couple of questions you need to ask yourself if considering saline breast implants, they tend to be firmer and don’t feel as natural to touch as silicone gel and they don’t move as naturally. Saline implants can have a ripple effect and may have issues with leaking. Modern silicone gel implants do not leak and should the implant be cut or ruptured, the gel will stay in place. Silicone gel breast implants are by far the most commonly used option. As to which one is right for you – that is something we determine during a consultation.
What shape of breast implant should I get?
There are two styles or shapes of breast implants available which are round or anatomic (tear drop). Your current breast shape can determine the shape of implant that is best for you. If you are satisfied with the shape of your breast but want to increase the size it is best to ‘match’ your current shape. In many circumstances a round implant suits best and also has the least complications. You can rest assured that we will recommend the best implants for your body type and your aesthetic desires.
How are breast implants inserted?
There are three main approaches used for breast augmentation and these include:
The implant may be inserted through the crease under the breast (sub-mammary crease) using an incision approximately 5cm long. Your surgeon will make an incision in the breast crease and create a pocket under the breast tissue either in front of or behind the pectoral muscle. This is the most popular technique today.
Inside the Nipple-areola
Access may also be gained through an incision on the inside of the nipple-areola, in the lower half, and this is suitable only when the areola as at least 3.5-4 cm in diameter.
A third method uses an incision in the armpit. The implant can be placed above or under the pectoral muscles, but this approach is only suitable for round implants and smaller implants. Bleeding points will be sealed and the implant inserted into the pocket. The incision will then be closed with dissolving sutures and covered with a light dressing. At this point, a supporting bra, which you will have been instructed to bring with you, will be put on unless your surgeon chooses to use adhesive tape on your breasts. If a bra is used, you’ll be advised to wear it day and night for the first six weeks except while showering or bathing.
Can I choose my own shape and size?
The surgeon must determine the size of the implant guided by the result you wish to achieve. Selection is based upon the patient’s general stature and chest size, and the amount of breast tissue already present. Although some women might prefer to have the largest implant, there may not be sufficient room to accommodate it.
- Some people feel round implants have a tendency to show an upper edge, creating a “stuck-on” appearance. In some cases this may be a valid concern. However if you have a sufficient amount of breast tissue and seek a moderate amount of augmentation, this should not be a problem.
- Patients who are very slim, and have very little breast tissue to cover the implant may be advised to choose the anatomical implant to create a more natural contour.
- For patients who seek a very large augmentation, disproportionate to their bodies, neither type of implant will look natural or attractive. In addition, it is very likely that there will be undulation in the skin of the lateral part of the breast, a condition called traction rippling.
- When choosing cup size it’s important to remember that a particular cup size will look quite different in two women of different stature.
Are there risks involved with breast augmentation?
Every surgical procedure involves some general risks that you should know about, the main ones being haematoma formation and or fluid accumulation, infection and unfavourable scar formation.
Capsular contracture can occur making the breast very hard and uncomfortable in some patients. It is caused by the formation of scar tissue around implants which shrinks, squeezing it so hard it feels firm. It is, however, treatable in most circumstances and does not constitute a health hazard or life threat.
Rupture or leakage of the implant can occur as a result of trauma. When ruptures are known to exist, it is appropriate to remove the implant and replace it. Cohesive gel implants which are used today have substantially reduced this risk.
Changes in the nipple and breast sensation can occur in some women following surgery. The breast can either become too sensitive or lose sensitivity. The changes are usually temporary.
Postoperative care for breast augmentation
We monitor you closely in your recovery time and gradually ease you back into your normal life. There will be some pain and discomfort in the first few days so we recommend resting as much as possible and having someone to take care of you where possible. We also have a 24-hour patient care phone service for emergencies.
Breast augmentation can increase breast size for a more voluptuous or proportionate chest area.
Please note that the results of every procedure will vary from patient to patient. Norwood Day Surgery can neither predict nor guarantee success, please book a consultation to find out if this procedure is right for you.