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What is Breast Augmentation?

Augmentation Mammoplasty, or Breast Augmentation is a surgical procedure to increase the size, shape or fullness of a woman's breasts. Mr Khan places silicone, saline or alternative composite breast implants under the chest muscles or breast tissue.

Why choose Breast Augmentation

  • Enlarge breasts that are naturally small.

  • Restore breast size and shape after pregnancy, weight loss or breastfeeding.

  • Restore symmetry when the breasts are asymmetrical

  • Restore the breast(s) after surgery as treatment for breast cancer or some other condition or event that affected the size and shape of the breast.

The Surgery

Breasts can be made larger by placing an implant either under the breast tissue or behind the muscle on which the breast lies. Implants are usually inserted through incisions in the fold under the breast (i.e. inframammary fold). Alternatively, the incisions may be made around the areola or in the armpit.

Recovery after the Breast Augmentation Surgery

As the anesthetic wears off, the patient will be given painkillers to relieve the pain.

Nobody should drive immediately after anesthesia, because it affects coordinating and reasoning skills for at least 24 hours. Ideally, the patient should have a relative or friend stay with them for a day if they go home soon after the operation.

In most cases, the woman should not engage in strenuous physical activities for about six weeks. She will probably be encouraged to do some post-operative exercises, such as flex and move her arms to relieve pain and discomfort.

Thanks to more advanced techniques today, including submuscular and subglandular placements, recovery times have improved considerably.

It is important to follow Mr Khan's advice regarding what type of bra to wear, and when to wear it.

If Mr Khan uses sutures that do not dissolve, or placed drainage tubes near the breasts, the patient will need a follow-up appointment to have them removed.

Absorbable (dissolvable) sutures usually disappear within six weeks.

If there is any sign of infection, such as fever, or warmth and redness in the breast area, Mr Khan or his/her nurse should be contacted immediately. If the patient experiences chest pains, unusual heart beats, or shortness of breath, the surgeon needs to be told straight away.

The Breast Implants

A Breast Implant consist of an outer shell and a filling material which is most often silicone gel or sometimes salt water (referred to as saline). Some implants are round and others are shaped more like a natural breast referred to as tear drop or anatomical implants. Either can give excellent results. The manufacturers life expectancy of breast implants is 10 or more years, although implants can stay in without problems for a much longer time.

Safety of Silicone

Whatever the filling of the implant, the outer layer is made of silicone which is a firm type of material referred to as Silicone Elastomer. Silicon is a naturally occurring element which becomes silicone when it is combined with carbon hydrogen and oxygen. Silicone is manufactured into many items including cosmetics, foods and medical implants. Many studies have been conducted to establish whether silicone breast implants cause certain diseases. As a result of these studies we can say that at present there is no evidence to suggest that silicone breast implants are associated with an increased incidence of breast cancer. There is also no evidence to suggest that these implants cause autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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