Breast augmentation involves use of breast implants of fat grafting to increase the size of the breasts. An aesthetically inclined procedure, not many medical utilities of the same are known.

Breast augmentation is also known as as augmentation mammoplasty. If the procedure involves fat grafting, it is referred to as fat transfer breast augmentation

  • What to expect
  • Breast Augmentation Procedure
  • Breast augmentation risks and safety
Breast implants may also be used for breast reconstruction after mastectomy or injury in addition to usual augmentation. However, it does not correct severely drooping breasts. A breast lift may be required along with a breast augmentation for sagging breasts to look fuller and lifted.

Step One: Consultation:
During your first visit you will be asked about your specific requirements regarding size and a thorough examination of your breasts would be done. In addition you will be asked about your medical history and any current medication that you are on. You will be given a demo by letting you try the implants by placing it under your undergarment.

Step Two: Preoperative Evaluation:
If you feel comfortable about having your breasts enlarged with implants you can schedule a second appointment. Preoperational consent forms are filled and clinical pictures taken at this point of time. After this has been done, a suitable date can be fixed for the surgery.

Step Three: Surgery:
Before operating, the implant pocket will be marked on your breasts. Operation is done under general anaesthesia and is pain free. Incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. Incision options include: along the areolar edge (peri-areolar incision), the fold under the breast (inframammary fold) and in the armpit (axillary incision).
Incisions vary based on the type of breast implant, degree of enlargement desired, your particular anatomy and patient-surgeon preference.
The implants are then placed in the suitable pockets marked before and the incision is stitched.

Step Four: Post Surgery:
Eating and drinking is not allowed until 4 hours from the completion of the surgery. Bandaged or medical undergarment for support are provided by the clinic.

Step Five: Recovery*:
There will be slight swelling which will last for about one to three months. A normal lifestyle can however be resumed after a month from the surgery.

The success of a breast augmentation surgery and hence the risk minimisation depends to a large extent on the expertise of the surgeon. We will be enlisting the risks involved in this surgery below The key point however is that most of them can be eradicated if the procedure is done with precision. The probable risks are as under:
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding/Hematoma
  • Infection
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation
  • Poor scarring
  • Wrong or faulty position of the implant
  • Implant leakage or rupture
  • The formation of tight scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture)
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Wrinkling of the skin over the implant
  • Persistent pain
  • Possibility of revision surgery

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.