WHAT HAPPENS DURING BREAST AUGMENTATION? 
 
 
Your operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about an hour and a half. 
 
There are several options for surgical incisions: 
 
Inframammary (the crease under the breast) 
Transaxillary (the armpit) 
Periareolar (the area around the nipple) 
 
THE TYPE OF INCISION 
 
The type of incision (cut) used is based on the type of implant, the degree of augmentation (enlargement), your particular anatomy and patient/surgeon preference. Be sure and discuss incision options with your surgeon. 
 
Your surgeon will usually place the implant in a pocket directly behind your breast as this gives the most natural result. However, if you do not have enough breast skin and tissue to cover the implant, your surgeon may recommend placing the implant behind the pectoral muscle. Be sure to discuss the implications of placement of your implant with your surgeon. 
GOING HOME AFTER BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY 
 
You should be able to go home the same day or the day after your breast surgery 
You might be required to wear a special supportive bra for several weeks to help your breasts settle after the procedure 
Most women return to normal activities within two to three weeks and depending on the Job, you should be able to return to work after the first week 
It usually takes a few weeks for your breasts to look and feel more natural 
The results of a breast augmentation usually last for a long time. The length of time a breast implant lasts will vary depending on an individual's personal factors. 
 
The below chart is only a guide as to the stages of recovery after breast augmentation 
 
 
Day 1 - 4 
 
Sleep upright in bed supported by pillows to help reduce swelling. 
Wear your support bra as advised by your consultant. Take things easy when you get home. 
 
 
5 – 14 days 
 
Gradually increase your activity but nothing too strenuous. Any non-dissolvable stitches will be removed during this time. 
Driving may be commenced only when comfortable. 
 
 
2 weeks 
 
Bruising and swelling continue to go down. 
You can think about returning to work a week or two after surgery 
 
 
4 weeks 
 
Gentle exercise can resume after four weeks but avoid strenuous exercise for a further two weeks.  
Your implants will begin to descend into a more natural looking position. 
 
 
6-9 months 
 
Scars will begin to soften and fade. Final result can be judged 
 
 
 
What are the complications of breast augmentation? 
 
 
Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications. 
Be sure to discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon. 
SPECIFIC COMPLICATIONS 
Specific complications of breast augmentation or breast enlargement surgery may include: 
 
Capsular contraction - the breast may feel harder than normal and painful 
Developing a collection of blood or fluid in the pocket where the implant is placed 
Infection of the implant 
Change of breast and nipple sensation 
Thickening and tightening of the capsule 
Kinking and rippling 
Stiff shoulder 
Numbness or persistent pain on the outer part of your breast 
Rupture or deflation of the implant 
Assymetry 
BIA-ALCL: a condition that is not yet understood completely, It seems to be associated with textured implants at a rate between 1 in 15,000 to 1 in 30,000 patients. 
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