Breast shape and size plays a great part in the self-esteem of many women. A breast enlargement (or augmentation) is, as one of the most common plastic surgery procedures, an effective route to your own beauty ideal, whether you find your breasts too small, asymmetrical or saggy (following weight loss, pregnancy or ageing.) Techniques to lift the breast and/or correct the nipples often complement a breast augmentation.
The breast augmentation is generally performed with silicone implants of varying shape and size and are filled with shape-retaining, sealed silicone gel, hydro gel or cooking salt. The incisions in the skin, necessary for secure and careful placement of the implants, can be made in accordance with your individual situation and wish; either in the breast fold underneath the breast itself, in the armpit area or in the nipple surround (areola.) The high quality implants are then placed in specially formed pockets either above or beneath the chest muscles, where they remain, mostly without problems, for several years
Treatment and operation preparation: Obtain timely, comprehensive medical advice and risk awareness, including a full medical check-up with blood evaluation and ECG. In addition, there will be a mammography, measurement of the breasts and choice of implant size.
Duration of operation: 1-1.5 hours
Anaesthesia: General, occasionally twilight
Staying at the clinic: 0-2 days
Work incapacity: Depending on physical strain involved, 1-4 weeks
Social capacity: After 1-7 days
Sport: From 4 weeks, depending on type of sport
Sun-bathing and solarium: After 3-4 weeks
Sauna: After 4 weeks
After care: Possible drain tube removal, possible thread removal after 7 days, special bra, scar care, regular controls.
Durability: 10-15 years and beyond; possibly later breast lift or implant change.
Special risks: Secondary bleeding, inflammation, dislocation of the implants, unevenness of the sides, capsule fibrosis. Any influence on the development of breast cancer or heightened risk of autoimmune diseases can, following international studies to date, be excluded.
Cost absorption: After breast cancer operations; occasionally in cases of natural size differentiation.