Mammoplasty (Breast Augmentation)

What is this?

Surgical procedure that reshapes or modifies the appearance of the breast  There are two main types of mammoplasty  Augmentation (to increase size via implant devices) or Reduction (reduces size by removal of breast tissue).

Procedure

 

Augmentation Mammoplasty improves size and appearance of breasts with the surgical implant of saline or silicone solution prosthetic. These are implanted either beneath or above  pectoral chest  muscle, whichever produces a better aesthetic appearance.

 

Duration

 

Procedure is approximately two hours.

 

Anesthesia

 

General Anesthesia or a combination of a local anesthetic with an intravenous sedative.

 

Hospitalization

 

Depending on Doctor´s preference, procedure may be done as outpatient or require hospitalization.

 

Possible Side Effects

 

Temporary and slight discomfort, slight or moderate swelling, , increased or diminished nipple sensation, temporary bruising, breast soreness. Breast may be sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks.

 

Recovery

 

Typically recovery requires one to two weeks. Most patients return to normal activities within that period of time. Strenuous physical activities are discouraged for three to six weeks after the surgery.

 

Risks

 

Removal and/or replacement of implant may be necessary if one of the following complications arise: Volume loss, implant leakage or rupture, formation of  tight scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture)) causing the breast to be taut or hard, infection, bleeding.  Another potential complication could be changes in nipple or breast sensation, which in certain cases could be permanent.

 

Results

 

Results vary between patients,  however, most patients are pleased with their improved appearance.