Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is an operation that changes the shape and size of the breasts. During this surgical procedure, which increases breast volume, breast implants are placed under the chest muscles or in the breast tissue.

In Which Situations Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Applied?

Having small breasts is uncomfortable for many women. This can also lead to a lack of self-confidence. Breast augmentation surgery provides a solution to this. In case one breast is smaller than the other, the disproportion is also corrected with this surgery.

Also, breast augmentation can be applied after breast cancer surgery.

Before Breast Augmentation Surgery

Your plastic surgeon will listen to your preferences about breast appearance, feel, and size. Examine your breast structure. Provide information about teardrop, round, textured or flat shaped implants. and also give you information about the types of implants that contain salt water or silicon and then they will list the surgical methods you can prefer. A road map is drawn by your doctor  according to your needs and expectations.

Smoking should be stopped before surgery. You should also consult your doctor about when to stop blood thinners, pain relievers and similar drugs if you use any.

Since the operation will be performed under general anesthesia, you should stop eating and drinking from at least 6 hours before the surgery.

How is Breast Augmentation Aesthetics Performed?

In this operation, stem cells and adipose tissue in the body can be used for the implant. Or, saline and silicone-containing implants are preferred.

If the body’s own fat tissue is to be preferred, the needed fats are taken from the fat layers on both sides of the abdomen. These are transplanted into the breast tissue.

The place where the surgeon will make the incision varies according to the surgical technique. In this direction, the incision can be in the inframammary fold under the breast, around the nipple or under the arm.

After the incision, the breast tissue is separated from the connective tissue and chest muscles. This creates a pocket in front of or behind the pectoral muscle.

The implant is placed in this pocket and centered behind the nipple.

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saline implants are filled with sterile saline. Silicone gel is placed on silicone implants before the operation.

The cut opened after implant placement is closed with sutures. It is bandaged with surgical tape and skin adhesive.

After Breast Augmentation Surgery

  • Swelling, bruising and pain may be observed. These are temporary. Painkillers given by the physician should be used for pain control.
  • Scar creams can be used to lighten scars. Initially, dark red scars will fade over time and will turn into skin color in 6-9 months.
  • A sports bra or compression bandage should be used during the recovery period. This is necessary to support the implants.
  • After breast augmentation surgery, breastfeeding function is not adversely affected. Because the breast prosthesis is placed under the muscle or under the mammary gland.
  • You should act according to your surgeon’s instructions about when you can return to your daily life. Exhausting work that will increase blood pressure or heart rate should be avoided for at least 3 weeks. Sports activities can be started after the 3rd week.
  • You should not lie on your breast prosthesis for the first 1 month.
  • After 1 month, you can start massaging for 10 minutes every day. The applied massage loosens the breast tissue and helps the prosthesis to fit into the breast.
  • Breasts should be protected from movements and impacts that will cause moving them for 6 weeks. Again, it is not recommended to have sexual intercourse during this period.
  • Non-melting sutures are sometimes used in breast augmentation surgery. Drainage tubes are placed near the breasts. This will be removed at the follow-up appointment notified by your physician.
  • Conditions such as fever, redness or warmth in the breasts may indicate surgical infection. In case of chest pain or shortness of breath, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.

Breast Augmentation Surgery Risks

All surgical operations carry some risk of complications. This situation breast augmentation surgery The possible risks can be listed as follows:

  • Infection
  • Unwanted changes in breast sensation and nipple
  • implant rupture/leakage
  • breast pain
  • Capsular contracture (scar tissue) can form causing distortion of the shape of the breast implant

Is the Result of Breast Augmentation Surgery Permanent?

It cannot be said that these implants can be used for a lifetime. Generally, the lifespan of breast implants is around 10 years. Although it is possible for the implant to leak or rupture, this is rare. It is inevitable that there will be changes in the breasts depending on the progression of age.

In addition, excessive weight loss or weight gain after the operation may cause a change in the appearance of the breasts. Therefore, it is important to maintain the ideal weight.