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Breast augmentation with implants

Breast augmentation with implants is one of the most frequently performed plastic surgery procedures. Breast shape, size and appearance depend on many factors, including age, heredity, weight changes, pregnancy, sun exposure, physical activity, and congenital conditions. Women who are dissatisfied with their breast size, shape or appearance may choose breast augmentation with implants in consultation with their  plastic surgeon.

Procedure

Having selected the desired size, shape and texture of implant, the surgeon then forms a "pocket" of breast tissue into which the implant is placed during the procedure. Suitable implants can increase breast volume, provide the desired shape and reverse loss of breast firmness. It is important to note that breast augmentation alone cannot correct considerable breast ptosis; this requires a breast lift as an additional procedure.

Breast augmentation with implants can be carried out in various ways. The choice depends on the patient’s preference and on the recommendations given by the plastic surgeon during the consultation. The implant can be put in place through an incision in the armpit, through an incision under the breast or through an incision around the nipple. It is also possible to choose whether the implant will be under the gland (between the breast tissue and pectoral muscle), or under the muscle (either entirely or partly beneath the pectoral muscles, against the bony chest wall).

 
  Incision site  
     
   
     
  Possible incision sites: in the armpit, below the nipple, in the fold under the breast  

Pocket for breast implant
         
   
         
Subglandular   Subfascial   Submuscular
 
Operation risks

Breast augmentation, like any other intervention, may have adverse effects such as reaction to anaesthesia, temporary swelling, discomfort, and loss or decrease of nipple sensitivity. More rarely patients might experience prolonged bleeding, wound infection or scar hypertrophy. Other possible complications or adverse reactions should be discussed with the plastic surgeon during the consultation. Allergan (Natrelle) and Polytech breast implants are used in Tautrimas Aštrauskas clinic. 

Postoperative period

Usually patients return to work in a week, but some restrictions on physical activity should be followed for about a month. Patients who opt for breast augmentation with implants should note that, although the results of this procedure are expected to be long lasting, the procedure cannot suspend normal age-related changes in breast shape, skin elasticity and volume.
 
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