What Is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a bespoke plastic surgery procedure that enlarges the breasts through the placement of breast implants. In addition to enhancing the size of the breasts, breast implants can also create firmer, more shapely breasts, improve breast symmetry, and accentuate cleavage. One of the most notable benefits of this popular procedure is the boost in confidence many women experience after surgery. Breast augmentation can also be combined with a breast lift (mastopexy) for women who experience drooping breasts as a result of pregnancy and/or ageing and desire rejuvenated breast shape, elevated breast position, and restored breast volume. We invite you to learn more about breast augmentation surgery by exploring the informative sections provided below. You may also contact our office to schedule an appointment with our experienced Plastic Surgeon, Dr Esta Bovill.
Who Is a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
For women who desire larger, more shapely breasts, customised breast augmentation surgery offered by Dr Bovill can be an excellent solution. Often, women considering breast augmentation are interested in achieving one or more of the following goals:
- A more balanced figure
- Enhanced curves
- Firmer, perkier breasts
- More noticeable cleavage
- Improved symmetry among the breasts
- A better fit in clothing and bathing suits
- A greater sense of body confidence
- Restored breast shape and volume
To determine whether you are a suitable candidate for breast augmentation, Dr Bovill performs a comprehensive evaluation during the initial consultation. At this appointment, Dr Bovill will review your cosmetic concerns, discuss your goals, perform a physical examination, and record your medical history. If you are a good candidate for surgery, she will explain the augmentation techniques and breast implant options that are available to you and suggest a surgical plan that can create a satisfying final outcome.
What Are My Breast Implant Options?
Dr Bovill only uses top-of-the-range breast implants in a variety of sizes, shapes, and projections to create personalised, natural-looking results. When it comes to choosing the right implants for your breast augmentation, Dr Bovill will take the time to explain all of your options, discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each type, and help you choose the implants that suit your frame and best align with your aesthetic goals. Dr Bovill uses breast implant sizers for you to try on during the consultation to help you select the best option. These sizers will also give you the opportunity to experience what your results might look and feel like.
What Happens During Breast Augmentation?
Dr Bovill generally performs breast augmentation surgery as a daycase procedure in a surgical centre, using general anaesthesia. The procedure typically takes about one and a half hours to complete. The details of your procedure will depend on the unique surgical plan Dr Bovill has created for you. The implants are inserted through small, well-concealed incisions along the inframammary crease at the bottom fold of the breast. Through these incisions, Dr Bovill creates a pocket for the breast implant either in front of the pectoral muscle (subfascial) or most commonly, partly behind the pectoral muscle (dual-plane). When the pocket has been formed, the breast implant is inserted using a ‘no-touch’ technique. The pocket placement that is most suitable for you will depend upon the natural composition of your breasts, the type of implants you have selected, and the desired outcome. Once the implants are placed, the incisions are closed with dissolving sutures and patients are placed in a post-operative support bra provided by Dr Bovill. Drains are not used routinely.
Composite Breast Augmentation: Combining Fat Transfer with Breast Implants for a Superior Result
Dr Bovill has extensive experience in fat transfer techniques, and in suitable patients, offers an innovative approach to breast augmentation by combining fat grafting to the breasts with implants in one procedure. The fat is removed by liposuction (from the flanks, and/or thighs), processed, and then grafted into the desired area in the breasts. The implants provide the main increase in breast volume, whereas, the fat grafting is used to help achieve a more natural appearance, camouflage the implant, and/or enhance cleavage by reducing the midline gap. Fat grafting is also an excellent technique for improving leaner breast tissue and skin or enhancing the result of a previous breast augmentation.
Recovery After Breast Augmentation
Most patients go home on the day of surgery, although an overnight stay in hospital is possible if preferred. After breast augmentation surgery, you can expect to experience some discomfort and swelling for about one to two weeks, depending on the technique used to place your implants. Pain medication and cold compresses can help enhance your comfort during this time. Closely following postoperative instructions can assist in minimising discomfort, facilitating healing, and reducing the likelihood of complications. Most patients take at least a week off from work to rest and recuperate. Regular follow-up appointments with Dr Bovill will allow her to track your recovery and address any emerging complications early. She will let you know when you are cleared to engage in more vigorous exercise and heavy lifting.