In breast enlargement surgery, the doctor makes the breasts larger
by putting an implant under the breast tissue and often under the chest muscle.
An implant is a soft silicone shell filled with a saltwater solution or a
Your doctor will make a cut, called an incision. It will be in the bottom crease
of the breast, the armpit, or along the lower edge of the nipple and the dark
area around the nipple. The doctor will make a pocket under the muscle or
breast tissue. Then the doctor will put in the implant and adjust it to the
correct shape, size, and position. The incision is closed with stitches.
You may have a breast lift at the same time as the breast
enlargement. A breast lift is also called mastopexy. It can raise sagging or drooping breasts. It can also pull up
the nipple and the area around it. To lift the breasts, the doctor removes
excess skin from the bottom of the breast or from around the nipple. The
remaining skin is sewn together. This tightens and lifts the breast. A longer
incision is needed for a breast lift than for a breast enlargement
You will probably be asleep during surgery. You may be able
to go home the same day. Depending on the type of work you do, you should be
able to go back to work or your normal routine in 1 to 2 weeks. The incisions
leave scars. But the scars will fade with time. Your doctor will try to make the
incisions in line with the curve of your breast as much as possible.
Your new breasts may feel firmer and look rounder. It is very important
to understand that your breasts will look and feel different after surgery. You
will have scars where the doctor made the incisions in your skin. The skin on
your breasts may be numb. This usually gets better with time. But you may
always have some loss of feeling in the nipple area. Most breast implants don't last a lifetime. Over time, you may need surgery to remove or replace your
implants. This could cost a lot.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be
sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having
problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of
the medicines you take.
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
October 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Keith A. Denkler, MD - Plastic Surgery
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