Explanation of the Breast Augmentation Procedure and Surgery

Explanation of the Breast Augmentation Procedure and Surgery


Breast argumentation procedure is carried out either in patient or outpatient. The decision on which route to go depends of a few factors.

  • Breast Augmentation costs, in patient means that you will have to stay in hospital over night. And dependant on the results of your surgery and your surgeon, you may have to remain in hospital for observation for a 24 hour period. This will be discussed during consultation with your surgeon.
  • The state of y our health is also a factor to consider, obviously you need to be in the best possible health, if you have a pre-existing condition, such as Diabetes or a heart condition, it might be recommended that you book in the night before surgery so that observation and any tests necessary may be carried out before the surgery.

Deciding on who is a candidate for breast argumentation the surgeon will discuss your state of health, previous history of health issues, operations, illnesses, family history etc. the reasons you want breast argumentation, often your expectations can be a deciding factor. Bearing in mind that breast argumentation will not change your looks or alter your appearance, but rather to improve on what you already have in terms of your breasts only. However, it will give you increased confidence in yourself and that can often show in the way you carry yourself, your approach to people and because you feel good you will feel good towards other people.

Preparation for Breast Augmentation Surgery:

Your surgeon will instruct you on preparation for surgery, guidelines on what to eat, drink and smoking will be discussed and any vitamin or medications. Make arrangement for someone to drive you to the hospital and bring you home. And preferably arrange for someone to look after you for the first few days.

The Anesthesia:

Your surgeon will discuss the types of anesthesia that will be used on you. You will have the option of one of the four main types of anesthesia:

  • A Local anesthesia.
  • Regional anesthesia (this works on nerve blocks).
  • Conscious sedation (sedated but still conscious of your surroundings).
  • General anesthesia (totally unconscious of what is happening and no memory after).

The Surgical procedure:

Depending on your anatomy and your surgeon’s recommendations there are three sites that the incision can be made:

  • In the crease directly under the breast where the breast meets the chest.
  • Around the areola, that is the dark skin that surrounds the nipple.
  • To be sited under the armpit.

Regardless of the site chosen the surgeon will make every effort to ensure that the scaring will be as inconspicuous as possible.

Breast Augmentation SurgeryThe surgeon will work through where he has made the incision, and lift up the breast skin and tissue to create a pocket; the surgeon will either place it under the chest wall muscle, this is called the ‘pectoral muscle’, or he may place it directly behind the breast tissue. The breast implants will then be placed in a central position beneath the nipples.

If the surgeon chooses to place the implants behind the chest muscle, drainage tubes may be used for several days after the surgery. Some surgeons believe that this route reduces the potential for capsular contracture. It is also believed that this procedure may interfere less with breast examinations by mammogram than if the surgeon places the implant behind the breast tissue.

The actual surgery will take approximately 1 to 2 hours to complete. The incision will be stitched and may be taped for greater support. You may also have a gauze bandage over your breasts to help with the healing process.

Pain medications will be prescribed to control the pain during the breast augmentation recovery; the gauze bandage will be removed after several days and be replaced by a surgical bra. You may experience a burning sensation in the nipple area but that will subside about two weeks after surgery. The stitches will be removed about a week to 10 days. Healing and swelling in your breasts will probably take about 5 weeks before you will feel normal.

Follow your surgeon’s advice on after care and when you can resume normal activities, return to work, engage in exercise, housework etc.