Whatever your reason may be for wanting to undergo this procedure, including breasts you consider too small, that have changed shape and those that are not as firm as they used to be, you can take heart in the knowledge that breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular forms of Plastic Surgery. The reason being that it is a procedure that almost always culminates in a perfect result - with happy and contented patients who have endured the minimum of discomfort to be rewarded with the type of shape they have always wanted.
Prior to undergoing Augmentation surgery your surgeon will discuss every facet of the procedure with you. From describing the method that will be employed in the procedure, the size and placement of the implants best suited to you, the nature of the implants and, of course most importantly of all, your aspirations and desires for the outcome of the procedure.
Another aspect of your pre-operative discussion with your surgeon will be with regard to what you personally can do pre-operatively to assist in the process, how you can expect to feel at various stages post-operatively and just how long it will take after the procedure for you to make a full recovery.
Your most Frequently Asked Questions related to your surgeon and surgery answered.
Although all South Africa’s leading cosmetic surgeons are highly trained and experienced in all cosmetic/plastic surgery procedures they naturally have individual, specialist areas of interest and expertise.
Once Surgical Attractions has assessed your particular desires and aspirations concerning the outcome of your procedure we will marry them to the surgeon best suited to your special needs. The surgeon’s CV details will then be sent to you for your perusal and acceptance.
When you complete the Medical History section of the General Enquiry Form you will be asked to submit it together with a clear and reasonably close-up digital photograph (in colour) of the area of your body requiring surgery.
Once your recommended surgeon has assessed your particular requirements along with your medical history and digital photo, Surgical Attractions will arrange an obligation free teleconference between the two of you.
At this stage your surgeon will not only be in possession of all the facts relating to your particular case but also be in a position to recommend the exact method to be employed to achieve the results you desire. Your surgeon will also be available at this point to answer any questions you may have as regards your surgery and the outcome.
You will be encouraged at all times prior to your surgery to continue getting to know your surgeon by asking as many questions as you like.
On arrival in South Africa Surgical Attractions will arrange a personal meeting between you and your surgeon. Once again the method of surgery and the desired outcome will be discussed along with any other questions you may have. If at this point you decide not to go ahead with the procedure your decision will be respected.
Implants can be placed in such a way as not to compromise your inherent ability to breast-feed. However some women can’t breast feed regardless of whether they have undergone breast surgery or not. So be sure to thoroughly discuss your needs in this regard with your surgeon prior to surgery.
There are two kinds of implants available. Both consist of a soft outer shell, of either a smooth or textured appearance, filled with either silicone or a saline (salt water) solution.
Surgeons vary in their personal choice of implant but generally speaking tend to favour the silicone variety because of their more natural feel. There was a time when Silicone implants received bad press but based on current belief, and the fact that breast augmentations using silicone implants have been performed on millions of women since the early 1960’s, with only a tiny percentage proving problematic, there is no conclusive evidence of silicone implants being detrimental to health.
The final choice however will be arrived at in consultation with your surgeon.
If you are a smoker you will be asked to stop smoking prior to surgery in order to prevent unnecessary complications.
Arnica tablets, Vitamin E in large does, analgesics like Aspirin and even some anti-inflammatory drugs should also not be taken prior to surgery as they can promote bleeding during the process.
Your surgeon however will give you personal advice in this department.
Taking your personal desires, height, weight and age into account, your surgeon, based on his or her vast experience in this matter, will recommend the perfect implant size for you.
Due to a slight swelling of the breasts, as a result of the procedure, your exact post-operative breast size will only be known some weeks after surgery. Thereafter they will be subject to change depending on normal weight gain or loss - as per prior the surgery.
There are three different areas where the surgical incision can be made - under your breast, around the nipple or in the armpit. Your surgeon will determine the best method of inserting your particular implants once he or she has thoroughly examined the digital photo of your breasts. But rest assured that regardless of where the incision will be your surgeon will ensure that it is as small and inconspicuous as possible.
Once the incision has been made, a pocket into which the implant will be inserted will be created behind the breast tissue or underneath the muscle between the breast tissue and the wall of the chest.
Although a slight discolouration and swelling of the breasts will be present initially these symptoms and accompanying discomfort will soon disappear. Most women are up and about one or two days after the breast augmentation procedure and are able to shower almost immediately following surgery. Dressings will be removed within days of the procedure and thereafter you will be required to wear a bra for support.
Although most people feel fine shortly after this procedure it is advisable to take it is easy for a while. Vigorous movement of any kind should certainly be avoided for at least two to three weeks after surgery. It is also not advisable to engage in sexual activity for a week or two after the procedure and, for at least a month after that, your breasts should be treated with extreme care.
As with everything else in life there are also risks involved in surgical procedures. No matter how good the Surgeon performing the Surgery may be, complications can arise. Therefore before proceeding with any surgery of any kind please discuss all your concerns with your surgeon and ask as many questions as you like so that you are in a position to make an informed decision.