Breast augmentation with implants, or commonly shortened as ‘breast implants‘, is one of the most requested cosmetic surgery from our abroad patients. This procedure aims at enhancing the size and shape of a woman’s breast.
Am I a good candidate for a breast augmentation?
The best candidates for breast augmentation are women who are looking for a breast size increase, while keeping realistic expectations.
What techniques are there in a breast augmentation?
The technique of inserting and positioning the breasts implants will depend on your anatomy and our recommendation. The incision can be made either in the crease where the breast meets the chest, around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), or in the armpit (axillary approach).
Every effort will be made to assure that the incision is placed so resulting scars will be as inconspicuous as possible. Most of our patients choose the axillary approach –Dr.Benito is a worldwide specialist in the axillary approach– because the scar is completely hidden and the breast tissue and areola are not disturbed. However some women prefer to have the incision in the areola or in the inframammary fold rather than in the armpit. That way, working through the incision, the breast tissue is lifted to create a pocket, either directly behind the breast tissue or underneath your chest wall muscle (the pectoral muscle). The implants are then centered beneath your nipples. Placement behind the muscle however may be more painful for a few days after surgery than placement directly under the breast tissue. The surgery usually takes one to two hours to complete. Placement behind or in front the muscle is chosen depending on your frame, tissue thickness and physical activity.Nowadays there is no real difference regarding complications and outcomes between both techniques. In fact many times we combine both placement, known as “dual plane”.
Breast augmentation is relatively straightforward. But as with any operation, there are risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure, that we will thoroughly explain to you during consultation.
What’s the implant made of? Which brands do you use?
A breast implant is a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or a saltwater solution known as saline. At our cosmetic surgery clinic in Barcelona, we always use textured, cohesive silicone filled implants, from Allergan (Natrelle) and Polytech. The results with these breast implants are superior to saline implants.The type of implant (round or anatomic) depends on the goal to be achieved and the patient’s desires. We will recommend the best shape for your case.
At our clinic, we use the KELLER FUNNEL™2 method to insert the implant, a device that gently slips an implant into place.
Important note: There is no evidence at all that breast implants will affect fertility, pregnancy, or your ability to breastfeed. There are no problems with mammograms either.
When will I see and enjoy the results of my breast augmentation?
You should be able to return to work within a few days, depending on the level of activity required for your job. You can resume your work in 3-4 days, and moderate physical exercise in 10 days. After several months, your scars will begin to fade, although they will never disappear completely. Routine mammograms should be continued after breast augmentation for women who are in the appropriate age group, although the mammographic technician should use a special technique to assure that you get a reliable reading.
For most of women, the result of breast augmentation can be satisfying, even exciting, as they learn to appreciate their fuller appearance. Regular examination by your plastic surgeon and routine ultrasonographies will help assure that any complications, if they occur, can be detected early and treated. Your decision to have breast augmentation is a highly personal one that not everyone will understand. The important thing is how you feel about it. If you’ve met your goals, then your breast augmentation with implants surgery has been a success.