shutterstock_73697044Breast augmentation involves the placement of plastic surgery implants in your breast tissue. This requires a qualified plastic surgeon and is not usually performed as an outpatient procedure. In many cases a general anesthesia is used during this operation, and you may be required to stay overnight in the hospital in some cases. Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr Steve Merten explains what to expect in detail with his patients, and it is always recommended that you have someone with you for the first 24 hours when you come home from the hospital. Breast augmentation is a big decision, and you should understand what to expect during and after the plastic surgeon is finished.

Choosing the Right Size and Shape for Your Plastic Surgery Implants

The decision on which plastic surgery implants to use is normally made in the office of the plastic surgeon before the day of the breast augmentation. This allows the plastic surgeon to determine the right type and size of plastic surgery implants ahead of time. Sometimes there may be a question between two different sizes, and if this is the case then the plastic surgeon may make sure that both sizes are available for your breast augmentation surgery in order to ensure the best possible results.

Subglandular Versus Submuscular Placement

Plastic surgery implants for breast augmentation can be placed in one of two ways, subglandular placement or submuscular placement. Each of these placement methods will have some risks as well as some advantages.

Subglandular placement means that the plastic surgery implants are placed above the muscles of your chest, while submuscular placement means the implants are actually inserted into the chest muscle. Submuscular placement is deeper so that there is a lower risk of capsular contracture, but subglandular placement may mean less pain and faster healing after the breast augmentation surgery.

Breast Augmentation Incision Possibilities

There are four possible areas that can be used for the breast augmentation surgery and the placement of plastic surgery implants. The plastic surgeon may go in through an incision in your:

  • Armpit, or axillary incision
  • Breast crease right below the breast, also called an inframammary incision
  • Areola, or nipple incision
  • Umbilical, or navel incision

The actual incision site used and the placement of your plastic surgery implants will depend on you and your plastic surgeon. Some professionals may have certain references or be trained in certain techniques, and these factors need to be considered.

Recovery After the Plastic Surgeon is Finished

If you have had general anesthesia then you may require a period of recovery before you can leave the hospital or plastic surgery clinic. During this time medical supervision and any required medications will be provided. Once you have finished your inpatient recovery then you will be able to go home, and the time for this recovery period depends on the plastic surgeon and numerous other factors in each case.

If you want to discuss breast augmentation, or any other cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, please call us at Pure Aesthetics on 9252 9262, or contact us for an appointment to see our Sydney Plastic Surgeon, Dr Steve Merten.