A breast augmentation is performed on women who want to increase the size of their breast. It can be performed alone or as part of a breast uplift. Breast augmentation leaves small incision scars under the breast (along the crease), or along the inferior part of the areolas, or along the axillae (armpits). Depending on the patient, the scars can hardly be seen, and they fade with time.
During this procedure implants made of silicone gel are placed under the glandular tissue of the breast to create a natural look. They do not alter the physiology of the body and a patient with breast implants can usually continue to breastfeed. About 3% of patients have a reaction to the implants in one or both breast. A capsule of scar tissue can form around the implant, but this is usually resolved with further surgery.
It is important to emphasize that breast implants do not interfere with investigations of the pathology of the breast that are usually carried out by doctors via physical examination, ultrasound and mammogram. Breast implants are usually well tolerated by the body.
It is important to rest for the first week after breast augmentation. You should avoid lifting anything or making excessive arm movements for at least the first two weeks days after the operation. A corset-like bra will be used for the first few weeks. Exercise and sun exposure can be resumed after the second month. The procedure usually takes two hours in the operating theatre. It is performed under sedation and local anesthetic.