Breast augmentation is performed by inserting implants to increase the volume of the breasts.
What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is an operation that is performed under general or local anaesthesia. We practice it by doing an incision in the lower part of the areola, the darker part around the nipple, where the implants are inserted.
How is breast augmentation performed?
In a breast augmentation surgery, the surgeon creates a pocket into which the implants are inserted.
The position of the prosthesis (behind the gland, behind the pectoral muscle, or partly behind the gland and partially behind the muscle, achieved with the ‘dual plane’ technique) is decided according to the anatomy of the patient, her age and her needs. 48 hours after surgery and the next 3-4 days, it is recommended for the patient to wear a special bra, to facilitate the proper positioning of the prosthesis.
What are the pros and cons of breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a definitive operation, which if performed by an expert can provide very natural and satisfactory results.
In some rare cases, however, the encapsulation or the implant is recognized as a foreign body and attacked by the adjacent tissues. This reaction of rejection can lead to an asymmetrical and unnatural look, which can be remedied with a new intervention that involves the replacement of the prosthesis and their positioning behind the pectoral muscle.
Is breast augmentation painful and/or dangerous?
Breast augmentation is not a particularly painful procedure. Generally, patients experience soreness after intense training of the chest muscles or a foreign body sensation that fades gradually after 4-6 days. It is in no way a dangerous intervention, although it must be performed under safety, in the presence of an anaesthesiologist and after performing routine checks.
Which patients can undergo breast augmentation?
All women who want to increase the volume of their breasts, although it is recommended to avoid excesses.
Breast augmentation in patients older than 45 can be combined with a breast lift in order to create a more natural look and to correct any sagging effects.
A prosthetic breast lasts an average of 10 to 20 years. Their condition is verified by annual inspections. Good quality prostheses do not constitute a health risk, and no study has shown a link between the onset of tumor and the presence of breast implants.
Prior to breast augmentation surgery, it is required that a patient undergoes a chest x-ray, blood tests, visits an anaesthetist and undergoes specific tests for the breasts: mammography and ultrasound.