Are you unhappy with the size or shape of your breasts? Do you feel as if bigger breasts would better suit your appearance or frame? Breast enlargement, also known as a breast augmentation, is a common plastic surgery procedure designed to achieve larger, fuller breasts. Offering a diverse range of breast implant shapes, types and sizes, a good plastic surgeon can help you achieve your ideal appearance.
WHAT IS A BREAST ENLARGEMENT?
A breast enlargement focuses on increasing the size of the breasts utilising breast implants. Placed under breast tissue or chest muscles, different types and sizes of implants create different results – depending on your preferences.
People undergo breast enlargement surgery for different reasons. Some may opt for a breast augmentation to feel more confident while others may be rebuilding the breast due to previous conditions. Regardless of the circumstances, breast enlargement surgery is a personal decision that should be made after research, consideration and preparation.
TYPES OF BREAST IMPLANTS
Saline breast implants contain a sterile saline solution held within a silicone shell. Implants can be filled with different amounts of solution depending on the desired firmness, shape, size and feel. If saline breast implants leak, the saline solution is absorbed and expelled safely by the body naturally.
Silicone Gel Filled
Silicone gel filled breast implants are made of a silicone shell filled with medical grade silicone gel. Silicone gel filled implants can sometimes feel like more natural breast tissue compared to alternatives. If silicone gel filled implants leak, the gel stays in the shell or moves into the breast implant pocket. If choosing silicone gel filled implants, periodical checks with a doctor are recommended to continuously check their condition.
People undergo breast enlargement surgery for a wide range of different reasons. Ideal candidates include:
- Patients with small, uneven or asymmetric breasts
- Patients with sagging or deflated breasts; a common occurrence after pregnancy
- Patients with breasts that are smaller or disproportionate to the rest of the body
- Patients who desire to increase their breast size to fit better in clothing and enhance self-confidence
HOW TO PREPARE
When considering breast enlargement or augmentation surgery, it’s important to understand the procedure, what to expect and the risks. Be sure to find a qualified, experienced and professional surgeon with expertise in creating natural, balanced results in line with what you’re looking for. Throughout the consultation process, detail your expectations and ensure that you receive in-depth information about the different types of implants, ideal sizes and shapes, recovery times and requirements and ongoing maintenance and aftercare.
Administered by a specialised anaesthetist, you’ll be given a general anaesthetic to last around one and a half hours – the duration of the procedure. The general anaesthetic will ensure that you feel no pain or discomfort during the surgery. Your anaesthetist will provide ongoing monitoring and care throughout the entirety of your procedure.
Depending on your predetermined procedure, Dr Chris Allen begins by carefully making incisions in the crease below the breast, near the armpit or around the nipple. Round or anatomical (teardrop) cohesive gel implants, with either smooth or rough (textured surfaces) are used. Implants are inserted into a pocket either directly under the breast, on top or underneath the muscle. Wounds are sutured with dissolving sutures and are covered with tape. Usually a small, soft drain tube is inserted for one to two days.
Following a breast augmentation surgery, you can generally head home the same or next day. You’re able to shower over the dressings comfortably. Most patients experience moderate pain for the first two days, though pain usually subsides by the third day. Pain is easily controlled by readily-available medications.
Mild to moderate swelling and bruises are common for the first week. Swelling and bruising rapidly disappears in the weeks following surgery. Immediately after your surgery, and for the next few weeks, breast implants may appear high on the chest. After swelling has subsided, the implants will settle into the desired position and contour. After swelling and bruising has begun to subside, generally after one week, you can resume many normal activities. After your third week, you should be able to resume most activities. Dr Chris Allen recommends taking one to two weeks off work to allow for proper healing and recovery.
One week after your surgery, you’re required to have your dressings changed. Your recovery will be assessed and you’ll be able to raise any questions you may have. Dr Chris Allen’s team is also on hand to provide advice, support and recommendations throughout your entire recovery process.
Dr Chris Allen and his team pride themselves on producing natural results that suit your physique. Utilising gel implants, breasts feel soft and natural to the touch.
Breast enlargement surgery will change the size and shape of your breasts as discussed before your procedure. After your breast augmentation surgery, you can expect breasts that appear fuller and more balanced in proportion to your body. Following your surgery, breasts continue to age and change with your body. Weight fluctuations may impact how your breasts look over time and additional surgery may be required if you want to alter the size, shape or appearance of them again.
Learn More About Breast Augmentation in Perth
Enhance the appearance of your breasts and increase your self-esteem and confidence. Based in Perth, Dr Chris Allen and his team specialise in achieving natural and balanced results in line with your expectations.
Learn more about the different types of breast implants and find out more about the ideal shape and size for your frame. Book a consultation with Dr Chris Allen for more on breast augmentations in Perth – contact us on (08) 9382 4811.