What involves augmentation mammoplasty?

What involves augmentation mammoplasty?

27th Aug 2019

What involves augmentation mammoplasty?


Breasts that are too small compared to a woman’s anatomy can nowadays be easily corrected with the help of plastic surgery. While no amount of massages, creams, and pills can increase the size of your breasts, this can be achieved in no more than a few hours when resorting to plastic surgery. The procedure performed with the aim of increasing the size of the breasts is called augmentation mammoplasty or breast augmentation surgery, and it can be performed with the use of implants or fat transfer. The procedure that is more popular and delivers more impressive and stable results is breast augmentation with implants. 

While augmentation mammoplasty is a procedure that has been performed in one manner or the other for more than half a century now, there are still patients wondering what the procedure involves.

Augmentation mammoplasty involves the use of silicone or saline solution implants that are inserted inside the breasts to add more volume. The size of the breasts after the surgery is dependent on the breast tissue existing before the procedure as well as the volume of the implants that were used during the surgery.

Augmentation mammoplasty also involves incisions made on the breasts that will turn into scars in time when the cicatrization process is completed. The incisions can be located either around the areola, in the fold under the breasts, or in the axilla. Most commonly, an experienced plastic surgeon would recommend the inframammary incision, especially if we are talking about young patients who will probably have another procedure later on in their lives to remove and replace the implants after the warranty expires. It is important to know that the periareolar incision can only be used for small silicone implants or saline solution implants that are filled after being inserted into the breasts, and it entails a higher risk of the patient having issues with breastfeeding if a pregnancy occurs after the procedure. The inframammary incision is the only one that can be used a second time if revision surgery is needed. The incision positioned in the axilla is preferred by patients who don’t want to have any signs left on the breasts after the procedure, but is the one with a higher risk of delivering unsatisfactory results as the plastic surgeon has limited visibility when using it. This is the reason why it is sometimes called the “blind method” for breast augmentation.

After the procedure, augmentation mammoplasty also involves a recovery period that is often no longer than two weeks. During this time, there is a strict post-operative protocol that the patient must follow to avoid complications and maximize the results. Among these instructions are sleeping exclusively on the back, wearing the special post-op bra, not smoking, not lifting anything from the ground, and not lifting the arms above the shoulders. 

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