Breast augmentation, also called breast enlargement, improves the size and appearance of the breasts. The aim of Breast augmentation surgery is to enlarge and enhance the patient’s breast volume by inserting a silicone breast implant into the breast tissue.
Breast augmentation improves the size and appearance of the breasts by implanting saline or silicone breast implants either under or over the chest muscle (pectoralis muscle), thus producing a cosmetic enhancement.
Breast augmentation takes approximately two hours.
General anaesthesia is administrated, and the patient is completely asleep, or intravenous sedation is used, combined with local anaesthesia.
Either inpatient or outpatient depending on the preference of the surgeon.
Mild, temporary discomfort, mild to moderate swelling, a change in nipple sensation (either increased or decreased), and temporary bruising. Breasts may be sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks.
Either one breast implant or both may need to be removed and/or replaced to treat problems that include: deflation, 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.
The patient can return to work within a few days. She should avoid any physical contact with her 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 the individual patient heals.
The results after breast augmentation vary from patient to patient. However, the overall effect is the enhancement of breast size for an improved appearance.
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The Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons of Southern Africa was formed in 1956. It currently has over 169 members from all around South Africa. All our members are fully qualified Plastic surgeons that have been approved for APRASSA membership and will endeavour to provide you with excellent care throughout your plastic surgery journey.