Breast augmentation is a procedure to enhance breast shape as well as increase volume of the breast. This may be to increase breast size in a woman with naturally small breasts or to restore breast size and shape after breast feeding and/or aging. The main operative planning decisions to make are in respect to technique, and the choice of implant.
We prefer to use an incision placed below the breast (inframammary) which becomes well hidden by the natural contour of the breast. For patients who prefer a scar elsewhere an incision placed in the armpit (transaxillary) is usually recommended. The implant can be placed below the muscle of the chest wall (submuscular) or above them (subglandular). One of these is recommended depending on the patient’s current shape and size.
The aim when choosing the size and type of breast implant is to improve the appearance of the breast whilst maintaining a natural look. We believe the material that gives the best cosmetic results is silicone gel which is the most common type of breast implant used in Australia.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic either as a day case or overnight hospital stay. Time off work to recover is usually around one week and vigorous exercise can usually be resumed after six weeks.
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