Reasons for surgery

Breast Augmentation, which is also referred to as Breast Enlargement or a ‘Boob Job’, is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure undertaken by women around the world. It is chosen by those who wish to increase the size of their breasts, or due to significant asymmetry in the breasts. Patients may undertake this to gain more confidence in their appearance and feel less body conscious.

Some combine this procedure with a Breast Lift.

The Procedure

The surgery is usually performed under general anaesthesia. Incisions are made according to the size and shape of your breasts. There are three main types of incisions commonly used to insert breast implants, and these should be discussed with the surgeon beforehand:

1) The Periareolar incision is made around the nipple and leaves minimal scarring but potentially causes breastfeeding difficulties.

2) An Inframammory incision is the most popular incision because it doesn’t cause problems with breastfeeding or leave bad scars. Small cuts are made underneath each breast to insert the breast implant.

3) The Axillary incision is made in the armpit area around the side of the breast and will leave more of a visible scar than the other incisions, but doesn’t cause difficulties with breastfeeding.

The implant will then be placed according on the decision made in your discussions with the Surgeon.

An implant placement between the breast and the chest muscle is called a sub glandular placement and a breast implant placed behind the chest muscle is called a sub muscular placement.

Choices of implant

There are several brands to choose from but Allergan and Mentor are probably the best known and most widely used. There is a choice in the implant filling:

Silicone breast implant

Silicones are a family of chemical compounds and made of silicon, a natural element found in sand, rock and quartz, which becomes silicone when mixed with oxygen, hydrogen and carbon. Silicone breast implants can be filled with a firm, jelly-like silicone or a softer fluid silicone. The firm silicone keeps its shape even if the implant tears inside the body and reduces the risk of the silicone entering the bloodstream. One advantage of the silicone breast implant lies in the fact that soft silicone is less likely to wrinkle and feels more natural.

Saline breast implant

Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile salt-water solution, which can be pre-filled or filled through a valve during implant surgery. As the solution is similar in consistency to natural body fluids, it can be absorbed safely into the body if the implant ruptures. A potential saline breast implant complication lies in the fact that some women find that saline breast implants decrease in volume over time and are more likely to deflate. Saline breast implants are also more prone to wrinkling and can feel or appear less natural than silicone.

Things to discuss with your surgeon

Along with all your other questions, you should make sure you discuss the following in your consultations with your surgeon.

  • What should I avoid before and after surgery?
  • Do I need to follow any special diets?
  • How long will I need to stay in Lithuania before it is safe for me to travel?
  • When will the stitches be removed?
  • Will wound dressings be needed? What kind and for how long?
  • When will you be able to have shower or bath?
  • Will you have to use medications? What kind and for how long?
  • What special garments will you have to wear?
  • Are any exercise or sport activities recommended postoperatively?
  • How will you have to adjust your lifestyle?
  • How should you take care of your skin?
  • When can you return to work?
  • Will additional examinations be necessary postoperatively? When and where?

Disclaimer

The Body Bureau website is designed to supply useful information only. Any surgical descriptions on these pages are to be considered a guide only, and not to be regarded as advice specific to any particular case. It does not replace the need for a thorough consultation and all prospective patients should seek the advice of a suitably qualified medical practitioner. Neither International Medical Care Ltd or Body Bureau accept any liability for any decision taken by the reader in respect of the treatment they decide to undertake.
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