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A breast augmentation (enlargement) surgery uses silicone or saline (saltwater) implants to make your breasts larger, and improve their shape.
A breast augmentation is an operation to use silicone or saline (saltwater) implants to make your breasts larger, and usually to improve their shape.
All implants are made of an outer layer (shell) of silicone or polyurethane. They can be filled with silicone or saline.Softer silicone and saline implants give a softer and more natural feel but are more prone to kinking or rippling. More cohesive silicone implants give a firmer feel, hold their shape more and are less prone to kinking or rippling. Textured liquid implants with a simple round shape often give as good results as shaped cohesive-gel implants. Polyurethane-coated implants give a firmer consistency so you may not be as satisfied with the result.
There is no evidence to suggest that women with silicone breast implants have a higher risk of developing diseases such as breast cancer and arthritis.There is a reported link between having an implant and a rare type of cancer called anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) but the increase in risk is small and ALCL in this area is not as serious as it is when it happens elsewhere in your body. You should be able to breastfeed and there is no evidence that silicone gets into breast milk.
Your breasts should be larger and have a better shape.
Using padded bras or bra inserts can make your breasts look larger with a better shape. Natural breast enhancement pills that contain phytoestrogens (plant hormones that copy natural hormones) may help to increase the size of your breasts. However, these pills have not been properly tested, may increase the risk of certain cancers and may cause you to put on weight. Some surgeons may recommend injecting your own fat into your breasts. However, this technique is new and we do not know how safe it is.
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about 90 minutes. Your surgeon will usually want to place the implant directly behind your breast as this gives the most natural result.
However, if you are slim and do not have enough breast skin and tissue to cover the implant, they may recommend placing the implant behind the pectoral muscle which lies behind your breast. This will prevent the outline of the implants from being noticeable. Your surgeon will usually place the implant through a cut on the crease under your breast. Your surgeon will make the cut and create a pocket to place the implant in.
Like all surgical procedures, there are some levels of risks to consider. Some of these can be serious and can even cause death. However, you can speak to your doctor about the following general and specific complications that may worry you.
Fortunately, you should be able to go home the same day, or the day after. However, you should be able to return to normal activities after 2 to 3 weeks. In addition, you should be able to return to work after a week, depending on your type of work. Having regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice. Bear in mind that it usually takes a few weeks for your breasts to look and feel more natural, and up to 6 months to achieve their final shape.
A breast augmentation is an operation to make your breasts larger, and usually to improve their shape. You should consider the options carefully and have realistic expectations about the results. To find out more, call us on 0808 101 0337 or make an online enquiry.start: footnote
Authors: Mr Eoin O'Broin MD FRCS (Plast.), Mr Graham Offer
MBChB FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Plast.), Mr Paul Roblin MSc FRCS (Plast.)
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