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Breast augmentation

Breast surgery
Procedure

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mproves the size and appearance of the breasts by implanting saline or silicone implants if applicable (the use of gel-filled implants may be government regulated) either under or over the chest muscle, thus producing a cosmetic enhancement.

Duration

This procedure takes approximately 1.5 – 2 hours.

Anesthesia

A general anesthesia is administrated and the patient is completely asleep, or an intravenous sedation is used, combined with local anesthesia.

Treatment

1 – 2 days in the hospital. If the patient feels well after the operation then it’s ok to leave on the next day.

Side-effects

Mild, temporary discomfort, mild to moderate swelling, a change in nipple sensation (either more or less), and temporary bruising. Breasts may be sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks.

Risks

The implants may need to be removed and/or replaced to treat problems including: 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.

Recovery

The patient can return to work within a few days. The patient should avoid any physical contact with 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 an individual heals.

Result

The outcome varies from patient-to-patient. However the overall effect is enhancement of breast size for improved appearance.