Breast Augmentation

By: Dr Elie F. GHARIOS

What is an Augmentation Mammoplasty?

Or Breast Enlargement. This operation is done to enhance or enlarge the breast. It remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgery operations.There are two types of patient who need this operation. First, those who have never developed breast tissue and second, those who had breast tissue before pregnancy and lost it after they had children.This operation does not tighten the breast or raise the nipple. If you have loose skin or the nipple is low you may need a breast lift.

What happens during the procedure

Your operation usually takes about an hour. You should allow two hours to recover in the surgery unit.

Modern techniques provide for tourniquet control and local anesthesia with sedation so that breast enlargement can be performed safely on an outpatient basis.

There are many ways to perform breast enlargement. The method must be tailored to the individual patient needs. The principal is to create a pocket under the breast tissue and place an implant into that pocket. In some patients the surgeon places the implant under the pectoral muscle and in others under the gland of the breast.

What to expect post-procedure

The first week after surgery the patient should apply an elastic bandage for support. For a month after the bandage is removed use a soft jogging bra with no underwires. You will need to select a size but make sure it is comfortable and fits tightly. Six weeks after surgery you can use any kind of bra you wish. If you jog or do aerobics you may be more comfortable wrapping the elastic bandage over your jogging bra for extra support.

How soon does normal life resumes

The recovery takes one to two weeks. Most people are back to work within a week or two.

Healing is a slow process and varies dramatically from person to person but this graph may help you understand the process. It takes almost six weeks for any scar to begin to soften and a full year to be complete.

This depends on your job. After any operation it is necessary to rest completely for a day or two. During the first week you will begin to feel more like yourself. By the end of a week you may be able to perform light duties such as using a telephone or computer. You should not do any heavy lifting for at least a month.