- Breast enlargement
- When can a breast augmentation take place?
- Disadvantages of breast silicone prosthesis
- The breast operation
- Postoperative care of breast augmentation
- Results of breast enlargement
A large number of women wish they had larger and/or firmer breasts. A number of reasons may fuel this desire. Either the breasts have always been underdeveloped, or they have shrunk and become less firm over the years, for example following one or several pregnancies. As every woman judges her body differently, the notion of the "correct" breast size is very subjective and its assessment can be a very personal matter. In this way, what one woman may consider to be "too small" could perhaps be considered as "normal" by another. There is therefore a need to determine on a case-by-case basis whether the breasts are too small or too soft and it might be reasonable to envisage a surgical breast procedure to rectify this. We start out from the principle that a woman considers having a breast enlargement with Clinic BeauCare London for her own sake, because she is not satisfied with the appearance of her cleavage. The desire to undergo a breast enlargement should not be inspired - for example - by a desire to please or to keep a partner. The implantation of silicone prostheses is a quick and efficient method to augment the breasts whilst offering a result that will last over time. The current state of science for a breast enlargement has no other method that produces the same results.
When can a breast augmentation take place?
In general, a woman is only eligible for a breast augmentation operation if we can be certain that the breasts are no longer likely to develop spontaneously. This will thus be able to be determined at around 18 years of age at the earliest. In practice, many women consider breast augmentation after having had children, at age 30 to 40. Breast augmentation is not eligible for any refunding of surgical costs by medical cost insurance.
Disadvantages of breast silicone prosthesis
The human body reacts to the introduction of foreign matter by surrounding it with a layer of connective tissue. Around each breast implant, the body therefore forms a capsule of connective tissue. For reasons that are still unknown, this capsule can sometimes shrink. From a medical viewpoint, this is a perfectly harmless phenomenon. However, this may result in an abnormally round and firm cleavage. The shrinking of the capsule may be an accident that justifies corrective surgery after a certain time. Mammary prosthesis is resistant. However, as with other techniques, it may be subject to wear and tear, even if only to a very limited extent. Breast prostheses may eventually become porous. In the long term, there is therefore a need to replace breast prostheses. No exact time limit can be given however. In the 1990s, silicone breast implants were called into question. Some women claimed to have been made ill by silicone. Auto-immune diseases have been attributed to it such as rheumatism and serious fatigue. Despite large-scale scientific research, this has never been objectively proven. No difference has been observed when comparing the state of health of women with and without breast implants. Current medical opinion is that there is no proof that silicone breast implants represent a risk for health in general. However, all operations under anaesthetic involve a few risks, such as haemorrhaging and inflammation. Feeling in the nipple may be altered. It may become hypersensitive or it may no longer have any sensitivity at all.
The breast operation
The breast operation takes place under anaesthetic with one day's hospitalisation. An incision of 4-5 centimetres is made in the fold beneath the breast. Just beneath the mammary gland or under the pectoralis major muscle, we create a cavity into which the implant is inserted. The breast is raised but remains intact. Breastfeeding therefore remains possible and the risk of breast cancer does not increase. The breast implants are inserted between the mammary gland and the pectoral muscle, or below the pectoral muscle, directly on the ribs. Together with you, the plastic surgeon considers the method that is best adapted to you. At the end of the breast operation, the chest is dressed using a support bandage.
Postoperative care of breast augmentation
After a breast augmentation procedure, the breasts are sometimes sensitive and tense. This discomfort will be reduced after a few days. On leaving hospital, an appointment is arranged on consultation for a check-up. On this occasion, the stitches are removed if necessary. It is advisable to allow for a housekeeping assistant for the first week back at home. It is advisable to wear a bra day and night for the first four weeks following surgery. In addition, it is sometimes advised to wear an elastic bandage on your chest. All movements that can be made without causing pain are allowed. For the first six weeks following the procedure, it is recommended not to carry out any sporting activity, carry any loads or raise your arms above your head. A careful massage of the breast using a cream or lotion may make the scar more supple. Your plastic surgeon will tell you when to do this.
Results of breast enlargement
Breast enlargement is a well-reasoned medical intervention that often gives beautiful results and delighted patients. Click here to receive personalised professional advice on breast enlargement from Clinic BeauCare London