What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation surgery enhances the shape and size of a woman's breasts, using breast implants. Women choose to have breast augmentation surgery to enhance the contours of their body, to correct loss of breast volume following pregnancy, to make their breasts symmetrical, and for other reasons. With breast augmentation surgery, a woman's bust line can be increased by one or more cup sizes.
Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Siwy will make the surgical incision along the crease on the underside of the breast. She works through the incision, creating a pocket under the chest muscle to accommodate the breast implant. Breast augmentation surgery will require an hour to complete. The incisions will be closed using invisible stitches.
After Breast Augmentation Surgery
You will be sent home from your procedure in a soft post-op bra. You may feel tired and sore for a few days after breast augmentation surgery, but you should be mobile in one to two days. After surgery for the first two weeks, you should not raise your arms over your head or lift heavy objects. Physical activity should be limited to avoid excessive motion of chest, arms, and shoulders. Do NOT sleep on your stomach. Showering is permitted on the third day following your procedure. For the first six weeks following the surgery, avoid all strenuous physical activity and do not lift heavy objects.
Most patients return to work a few days after breast augmentation surgery, depending on the amount of activity their job requires. During the first two to three weeks, your breasts will be very sensitive to direct stimulation. If your breasts are no longer sore after three to four weeks, breast contact should be fine. No heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling with the upper body is recommended for at least two weeks after breast augmentation surgery. We discourage any activity that causes an increase in your heart rate or blood pressure for the first two weeks.
After breast augmentation surgery, the surgical scars will appear pink and firm for six weeks. The scars will eventually fade to fine lines that are minimally visible.
Dr. Siwy performs breast augmentation surgery often and achieves excellent results. Yet, as with other types of surgery, there are a number of potential risks.
One potential problem following breast augmentation surgery is called capsular contracture, which occurs when the capsule or scar around a breast implant tightens, causing a woman's breast to feel abnormally hard. The condition is rare and treatable. Oversensitive, undersensitive, or numb nipples are other infrequent but possible complications.
Although uncommon, there is a chance that a breast implant will leak. If a saline breast implant leaks or breaks, the implant will drain completely within a few hours and your body will harmlessly absorb the salt water. If a silicone gel-filled implant breaks, you may not detect the leak if the scar tissue around the breast implant remains intact. If the scar tissue does break or tear, however, the silicone gel may migrate into the surrounding tissue usually causing a burning sensation. If a saline or silicone implant breaks, you will require a second operation to replace the leaking implant. If your implant breaks, contact our office immediately.