Breast enlargement or augmentation mammoplasty is one of the most popular and satisfying cosmetic surgery procedures available.
Every year thousands of women have breast augmentations in this country.
* Enhance the breast contour of a woman who feels that her current breast size is too small for her body.
* Correct the loss of breast volume, especially upper pole after pregnancy or weight loss.
* Balance difference in breast volume in cases of breast asymmetry.
There are no exercises or medication, which can safely, effectively and permanently increase breast size. The recognised and accepted method involves the insertion of a silicone or other breast implant behind the breast tissue or behind the chest wall muscle. Breast implants do not increase the chance of future development of breast cancer. The implant is at the back of the breast tissue and if a lump appears in the future there should be no difficulty in detecting and treating it. Women can breast feed if they want. Mammograms can be performed and implants will not interfere with them. There is no chance that implants may burst whilst travelling in an airplane, swimming or diving.
Implants – Safety
Silicone implants have been successfully used in surgery since 1965. They are soft and feel natural. Modern silicone implants have a textured outer surface that reduces the risk of capsular contracture (hardening). The most frequently used implants are the round with high profile.
Some implants are round and others are shaped more like a natural breast. Either can give excellent results. During your pre-operative consultation you will be informed about all the possible complications of breast augmentation surgery and it will be decided which technique is best for you. The issue of silicone safety is of paramount importance for Dr. Gaitanis who practises in accordance with the recommendations of the report of the Independent review Group for silicone implants. Many studies have been conducted to establish whether silicone breast implants cause certain diseases. At present there is no evidence to suggest that silicone breast implants are associated with an increased incidence of breast cancer or autoimmune disease. You can find the recommendations of the report of the Independent Review Group for silicone implants on www.silicone-review.gov.uk. You are advised to check that your surgeon is registered with the General Medical Council not only as a doctor (fully reg.) but is also Specialist registered as a plastic Surgeon to be assured of his proper training. (GMC) specialist register (0207 9153630)
Breast augmentation boosts the confidence and self esteem of women, who would otherwise feel inadequate in certain clothes, on the beach and in sexual relationships. Most patients are completely comfortable with the change and cease to be aware of the implants after a few weeks.
The patient is admitted to the hospital on the morning of the operation. It usually takes about one hour and surgery is performed under general anaesthetic at a fully equipped private hospital. The inframammary incision (underneath the breast) is the most popular with other incisions being the peri-areolar (under the nipple) and axillary (armpit).
The implant can be placed either under the breast gland or even deeper under the pectoralis muscle. The preoperative consultation will determine which method is best for you. After the insertion of the implant the incision is closed with absorbable sutures and there are no suture marks. Light dressing is applied and a supporting bra is fitted the same night.
Post- Operative Care
A properly fitted bra should be worn day and night for two weeks after the operation. Thereafter, the bra should be worn during the day only for another 4 weeks. Under- wire bra can be worn after the six weeks period.The wound dressing should be left clean and dry for the whole of the 10 days period. Patients should wash the upper half of their body with a sponge, keeping the dressings dry. There are no sutures to be removed. Both wounds should be inspected after ten days. One week off work is recommended. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for six weeks, in order to give the wounds adequate time to heal fully.
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