Breast augmentation is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures and one of our most popular services. Breast augmentation can give women with small or unevenly sized breasts a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned look through the placement of saline or silicone implants in the breast.
Our patients elect to undergo breast augmentation for many different medical and aesthetic reasons, including balancing breast size, compensating for reduced breast mass after pregnancy or surgery, and correcting a congenital breast defect. Under our expert care, patients enjoy great-looking, natural-feeling breasts that are at least one or more cup sizes larger after the operation.
Breast augmentation can achieve dramatic and beautiful results on its own as well as in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery or non-invasive procedures. We sometimes recommend combining breast augmentation with other procedures such as a breast lift for more satisfying results.
Breast implants are made of a silicone shell filled with a highly cohesive silicone gel. They are placed behind each breast, underneath the breast tissue or the chest wall muscle. The procedure lasts about one hour and is typically performed with general anaesthesia, although we also has extensive experience in performing this surgery under local anaesthesia combined with sedation.
Incisions are made in inconspicuous places on the breast to minimize scar visibility (in the armpit, in the crease on the underside of the breast, or around the areola, the dark skin around the nipple). The breast is then lifted, creating a pocket into which the implant is inserted. The implant is placed either over or underneath the chest wall muscle. During your consultation we will discuss which pocket is more appropriate for you based on your body shape, lifestyle and aesthetic goals.
After the implants are placed and centered beneath the nipples, the incisions are stitched with dissolving sutures, taped and bandaged. In a few days these bandages may be replaced with a surgical bra. Most patients feel a little sore after breast augmentation surgery, but this usually passes in a day or two and many patients return to work within a week. Dressings are removed in a week to 10 days and any post-operative pain, swelling and sensitivity will diminish over the first few weeks. Scars will begin to fade in a few months and will continue to fade for months or years.
Revision and Implant Exchange Surgery
Our surgeons' background and experience means that they treat many patients who have previously undergone cosmetic breast surgery elsewhere and who now wish to have this revised or corrected as the initial results have changed with time.
Breast implant replacement surgery requires a significant amount of thought and planning to ensure patients achieve their desired look, taking into account changes that have occurred from the previous augmentation. During the preoperative consultation, we explain all the options tailored to each patient’s needs.