Before your surgery, gather information on what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. Knowing what will happen to your body will allow you to prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally, leading to a better outcome.
Breast enlargement surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. Most patients come to the hospital early in the morning on the day of their surgery. Your breast enhancement surgery will then take place later that morning or early afternoon that day. Patients can generally be discharged the same day however if your surgery is scheduled for the afternoon you may have to stay overnight before being discharged the next morning.
Dr. Shahram prides himself on making the smallest and most concealed incisions possible, usually three to five centimetres long. There are three incision areas widely used for breast augmentation:
– The infra-mammary incision (under the breast fold)
– The circumareolar incision (around the nipple)
– The axillary incision (in the armpit)
Each incision has its advantages and disadvantages. Your final choice needs to be discussed with Dr. Shahram at consultation. Your implants will be placed either under or over your pectoral muscle depending on several factors including the size of your breast, skin quality, and your breast shape. The position of the implant will have been decided prior to surgery at your consultations. Implants placed under the muscle tend to give a slightly more natural upper ‘pole’ of the breast and possibly a lower incidence of capsular contracture (scar tissue that can develop around an implant and cause the breast to feel hard).
Dissolvable stitches are normally used to close the incision. Dressings will then be applied. I may place a drain on each side to remove unwanted fluid from around your implants. These are usually removed prior to discharge. Occasionally drains need to be left in place for a little longer.