Breast augmentation procedure
Natural-looking breasts are the goal of a successful implant operation performed by Dr Margaret Anderson in Adelaide
Breast augmentation surgery requires a general anaesthetic, with the operation taking 1 – 2 hours, and is usually performed as a day-stay or overnight-stay procedure, if desired.
To achieve this careful assessment and detailed measurements are taken. This leads to discovering whether a simple size increase is all that is needed or whether the nipple/areolar complex needs to be lifted to its original position and excess skin removed. This is either done initially (if very saggy) or with the implant inserted at the same time. Tubular breasts may need an expanded to stretch the skin and breast tissue, followed by an implant.
The procedure itself generally involves placing an implant into a pocket formed beneath the breast tissue. There are many decisions to make when considering breast implants including the implant type/size, the pocket and the incision placement. The best choices for these are dependent on the individual and are best made in consultation with Dr Margaret Anderson.
Different types of breast augmentation procedures
There are three common incisions used to augment the breast
- Incision that is placed directly under the breast, infra-mammary at a lower level to accommodate the implant so that the new fold is at this level.
- Incision around the lower half of the areola.
- Incision in the axillae.
Breast implant placement
The implant can also be placed under the pectoral muscle, under the breast, under the fascia overlying the muscle or a combination of the first two, in the dual-plane technique.
The dual-plane technique in particular, is one of the latest developments in breast augmentation surgery and allows more customisation in implant placement than ever before. It is an excellent technique when superior muscle cover is required to avoid rippling and edge palpability. Also with slight droopiness of the breast, it enhances the projection of the lower pole as the lower portion of the implant sits in a sub-glandular position. The proportions can be changed as necessary to accommodate varying degrees of droopiness.
Warning: The following video contain graphic footage of surgical procedures and may not be suitable for all audiences.