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Breast enlargement, also known as breast augmentation or mammoplasty, is by far the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure requested by women. Though a relatively straightforward operation, it can have a truly transformative effect on a woman’s appearance, and self-confidence.
A number of factors can cause women to be concerned about the appearance of their breasts, including unhappiness with the size or shape of their breasts, the loss of breast tissue and size (for example, following pregnancy, increasing age, or weight loss), and congenital underdevelopment or absence of one or both breasts. For many women, these factors can be remedied very effectively through breast augmentation.
The surgery involves placing an artificial implant into the breast in order to increase breast size, and, where necessary, to produce a degree of lift. Sizes and types of implants differ, and some may be more suited to your specific conditions. Your surgeon will discuss the full range of options with you to determine the right approach for you to achieve the best results possible. Many patients decide to perform their own research about the procedure, and types of implants prior to undergoing surgery. As your needs and desires are of immense importance, this is certainly encouraged, and your surgeon and the Hospital staff will be happy to answer any questions that you have.
Breast enlargement surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic, and in most instances takes around one hour. Most patients are admitted on the morning of the day of their surgery, and discharged the next day after spending the night at the Hospital, though some patients are treated as day cases.
Breast implants have a finite period of recommended use. Though some implants can last for decades without any issues arising, the replacement of implants around 10 years after surgery is advised. In addition to the durability of the implants, changes in a woman’s body in the period following surgery can make an additional procedure beneficial, and, in some instances, necessary.
At the time of your consultation at the Alexandra Private Hospital, in addition to explaining the nature of the surgery, your surgeon will discuss with you:
- Your desires for, and expectations from breast augmentation
- The different types, and sizes of breast implants available, and which implants are most suitable for you
- The type of incision that the surgeon will make
- Other aspects of the surgery
You should always feel free to ask your surgeon any questions that you have regarding the surgery, and discuss any areas that may seem unclear. The goal of your surgeon and the Hospital staff is to make your entire experience as comfortable, and worry-free as possible.