16 October 2023

Breast Augmentation: What to Expect from Our Clinic

Definition Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breasts. This is usually done by inserting breast implants behind the natural breast tissue and chest muscles. The implants may be filled with either saline or silicone gel, depending on the desired outcome.


The primary benefit of breast augmentation is an increase in self-esteem and confidence. Women who are unhappy with their body image often find that breast augmentation surgery helps them feel more attractive. Additionally, the procedure can help balance out asymmetrical breasts and restore volume after pregnancy or weight loss.


As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with breast augmentation including infection, scarring, implant rupture or deflation, changes in nipple sensation, and allergic reactions to anesthesia. It is important to discuss all potential risks with your surgeon before undergoing the procedure.
Breast augmentation improves self-esteem, restores volume, and can balance asymmetry. Risks include infection, scarring, implant rupture, changes in nipple sensation, and allergic reactions.

Preparing for Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that involves inserting implants into the breasts to enhance their size and shape. Before undergoing this procedure, there are several steps that should be taken in order to ensure the best results.

Consultation with a Surgeon

The first step is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation. During the consultation, the patient will discuss their desired outcome and the surgeon will evaluate their medical history and physical condition. The surgeon may also take measurements of the breasts and chest wall, as well as photos for medical records. The patient will also need to decide what type of implant they would like to use, either saline or silicone. The surgeon can provide information about both types of implants and help the patient choose which one is right for them. Additionally, the patient should ask any questions they have about the procedure and recovery process during this consultation.

Pre-operative Instructions

Before undergoing breast augmentation surgery, it is important for patients to follow all pre-operative instructions provided by their surgeon. This may include avoiding certain medications or supplements prior to surgery, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, as these can increase bleeding risk during surgery. Patients may also need to stop smoking several weeks before surgery, as smoking can interfere with healing after surgery. Patients should also arrange for someone else to drive them home from the hospital after surgery, as they will not be able to drive themselves due to anesthesia. Additionally, patients should plan ahead for any time off work that they may need following surgery in order to rest and recover properly.

The Breast Augmentation Procedure


Breast augmentation is typically performed under general anaesthesia, meaning you will be asleep for the duration of the procedure. Depending on the type of procedure you are having, your surgeon may also recommend local anaesthesia and sedation to help you relax. Your surgeon will discuss this with you during your consultation.

Insertion of Implants

Once anaesthesia has been administered, your surgeon will make an incision in one of three areas: underneath the breast, around the areola, or in the armpit. The size and placement of the incision will depend on your body type and what type of implant you have chosen. Through this incision, your surgeon will create a pocket either directly behind the breast tissue or beneath the chest muscle. The implant is then carefully inserted into this pocket and positioned accordingly.

Incision Closure and Recovery Time

After inserting the implants, your surgeon will close up the incision with sutures or surgical tape. This process can take anywhere from one to two hours depending on how many implants are being inserted. Following surgery, it is common to experience swelling and discomfort which can be managed with pain medication prescribed by your doctor. It usually takes about six weeks for most patients to fully recover from breast augmentation surgery. During this time, it is important to follow all post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon to ensure a safe recovery process.
Breast augmentation is typically performed under general anaesthesia; incisions are made in one of three areas; implants are inserted and sutured; recovery time is 6 weeks.

Post-Operative Care

Once the breast augmentation procedure is complete, the patient will need to take certain steps to ensure a successful recovery. The following guidelines should be followed for post-operative care:

Follow-up Appointments

It is important to attend all follow-up appointments with your surgeon. These appointments are necessary to monitor the healing process and to make sure that everything is progressing as expected. Your surgeon may also give you instructions on how to care for your incisions and any other advice related to your recovery.

Looking After Your Incisions

Your incisions should be kept clean and dry at all times during the healing process. You may need to wear a special compression garment or bandage over the area in order to protect the incision site from infection and keep it secure. It is also important to avoid strenuous activity or any activities that could put pressure on the incision site, such as lifting heavy objects or engaging in vigorous exercise.


Your surgeon may recommend some light exercises after your surgery in order to help promote circulation and reduce swelling. These exercises may include walking, stretching, and gentle arm movements. It is important not to overdo these exercises in order to avoid putting too much strain on the body while it is still healing.
Following these guidelines can help ensure a successful recovery from breast augmentation surgery. By taking proper precautions and attending follow-up appointments, patients can experience minimal discomfort and achieve their desired results with minimal complications.

Results and Recovery

Recovery Time

The recovery time for breast augmentation surgery will vary from person to person. Generally, most patients take about one week off work to recover. During this time, it is important to rest and avoid strenuous activities. Patients may experience some discomfort or pain during the first few days, but this should subside as the incisions heal. It is important to follow all of the post-operative instructions given by the surgeon in order to ensure a smooth recovery process.


The results of breast augmentation surgery can be seen immediately after the procedure is completed. The implants will have been placed and the desired shape and size achieved. Over time, the breasts may become slightly firmer and more natural looking as they settle into place. Some swelling and bruising may occur in the first few weeks following surgery, but these effects should subside with time. The final results of breast augmentation surgery are typically long-lasting, although some changes in size or shape can occur over time due to age or weight fluctuations.