Breast augmentation (enlargement) is performed to increase breast size, shape and firmness. Many women want to restore breasts to a symmetrical shape, as is the case after pregnancy and breast feeding where breasts have lost volume and firmness.
Patients suffering from congenital breast deformity (tuberous breasts) or congenital asymmetries will also find breast augmentation a valuable procedure in restoring their appearance, symmetry and volume.
Women with smaller A and B cup breasts often desire a more feminine and voluptuous appearance which aids in fitting into more form-fitting clothing and increase their self-confidence. Breast augmentation is the answer. It’s a relatively simple surgery that can provide life-changing results, and for this reason it is one of the most well-known cosmetic surgery procedures.
Your breast augmentation consultation
There are several factors to consider prior to breast augmentation surgery. The type of implant used (silicone or saline) is one of the first considerations. Your consultation should also assist your surgeon in understanding your personal goals, appropriate implant size, the aesthetic appearance of your breasts in harmony with other physical features, and care during recovery.
In order to achieve these objectives, you will require a close working relationship with an experienced and qualified Aesthetic Surgeon. Dr Valente has undertaken an extensive aesthetic fellowship both Nationally and Internationally (Buenos Aires & Brazil). A consultation with Dr Valente will ease any concerns and create the positive approach necessary to take the next step with confidence.
Your consultation is an opportunity to experiment with implants that vary in size and style. A surgical bra can be fitted to give you greater appreciation of body shape potential, and also a realistic understanding of additional weight contained in your new breasts.
Factors to consider during consultation:
- The present condition of your breasts
- Positioning of implants either above or below chest muscles
- Where any incision marks will be made, including the extent of scarring
- The potential for a breast lift performed in conjunction with breast augmentation
The consultation is an opportunity to discuss any medications or drugs presently used, plus your surgical history or other issues that could affect outcomes. Some patients choose to have a mammogram before augmentation in order to understand their breast condition and to ease any concerns. The cost of breast augmentation is subject to a range of variables and can be confidentially discussed with Dr Valente during your consultation.
The breast augmentation procedure
Breast augmentation is achieved by making an incision either around your nipple, on the bottom crease of your breast (inframammary line) or in the armpit. The implant is then carefully and aseptically positioned in either above (subglandular) or below (submuscular or Dual plane) your chest muscle and adjusted to create symmetry and balance between your breasts.
Size is important but so is symmetry in both round or tear drop shaped implants. Bandages and dressings are applied to assist with healing and restrict movement while your new breasts settle in place.
Breast augmentation, although extremely personal and somewhat invasive, is usually completed within an hour or two. Many patients are able to return home on the same day.
Breast augmentation recovery
Dr Valente’s services continue post-operation and during recovery at home. Your procedure success will impact on his reputation, so patient satisfaction is Dr Valente’s number one priority. You can expect some initial swelling or discomfort, and your new breasts might feel a little too firm. These symptoms will diminish as recovery continues. Dr Valente and his team will guide you in caring for the surgical site, along with any adjustments or replacement of surgical dressings and tape.
Visible signs of the operation are kept to a minimum, and even the small scar is well-concealed. Internal stitches dissolve naturally and invisibly. For a time, you will need to wear a surgical bra (garment) that supports the positioning of your breasts and restricts unnecessary movement.
Your return to work or regular activities should be in keeping with the rate of healing. Avoid stress, strain, heavy lifting or excessive exercise for a time. Strenuous activities should be postponed for at least a month after breast augmentation surgery.
Breast augmentation that lasts
Technology, surgical techniques and breast implant products have all improved dramatically during recent years. However, there are circumstances where implants can be damaged. Natural ageing also takes its toll, so although breast implants can last a lifetime, they may need to be replaced at some point. Breast augmentation is safe, and the positive outcomes are obvious and fulfilling. Further inspiration can be gained by viewing before and after images of Dr Valente’s appreciative patients.