Breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of the female breast.
Breast augmentation surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and, in some specific cases, it can be performed under local anaesthesia and sedation.
Breast augmentation is made through a small incision around the areola, in the groove under the breast or armpit, as appropriate and so that the resulting scar is almost invisible. Through this incision, the breast tissue is lifted creating a pocket and the prosthesis is placed directly under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle. Some drainage tubes are placed and they will be removed within a day and a dressing or bandage is placed over the breasts. The procedure takes 1 or 2 hours.
After breast surgery is normal to feel a little tired for a few days but after a week, you may return to normal life. Most discomfort is well controlled with medication prescribed by your plastic surgeon, although the breasts may hurt for a couple of weeks. The bandage or dressing will be removed in a few days and replaced by a special bra. The stitches are removed within 7 and 14 days. The oedema will not disappear completely after 3 or 6 weeks.
After a breast augmentation, it is possible to return to work within a few days, depending on the activity. The breasts are more sensitive than normal during 2-3 weeks, so it may be advisable to avoid excessive physical contact until the third or the fourth week. The operation does not limit your ability to breast-feed if you become pregnant.