Breast Augmentation (General Implant)
- Operating Room Charges with implants : OR Room use, Scrub and Circulate Nurse, Recovery Room
- Hospital Standard Room, Nursing Service Charges, Service Charges, Regular menu food charges
- Laboratory Testing and:
- Necessary for the procedure or if required by surgeon as CBC, EKG, chest X-ray
- Medical Equipment and Medical Supplies necessary for the procedure including Gel Implant.
- Pre-Anesthesia Drugs, Anesthesia, Medical Gas
- Routine medication used for procedure and during admission only
- Doctor Fees
- Surgeon Fees
- Anesthesiologist Fees
- Take home medications and supplies
- Follow up at the Aesthetic Department 1-2 times
Surgery: Time Required: 1-2 hours
Anesthesia: General or local with sedation
Length of stay (In Hospital): 1 night in hospital standard room
Follow up week: 1 week after surgery
Pre Operative Assessment:
- Send picture of breasts area via email for surgeon first consideration
- If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Aspirin and certain anti-flam drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with additional preoperative instructions.
- There is no scientific evidence that breast augmentation increases the risk of breast cancer. The presence of breast implants however, makes it more technically difficult to take and read mammograms. This may be a special consideration for women who perhaps are at higher risk for breast cancer because of their family history or other reasons. Placement of the implant underneath the pectoral muscle may interfere less with mammographic examination, but other factors may also need to be considered with regard to implant placement. Your plastic surgeon will discuss this with you
- If you are planning to lose a significant amount of weight, be sure to tell your plastic surgeon. He or she may recommend that you stabilize your weight prior to undergoing the surgery.
- If you think that you may want to become pregnant in the future, you should mention this to your surgeon. Pregnancy can alter breast size in an unpredictable way and could affect the long term results of your breast augmentation. There is no evidence that breast implants will affect pregnancy or your ability to breast feed, but if you have questions about these matters, you should ask your plastic surgeon.
- You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries including breast biopsies, and medications that you currently take. You will be asked whether you have a family history of breast cancer and about results of any mammograms. It is important for you to provide complete information.
- Your plastic surgeon will again examine your breast and perhaps take photographs for your medical record. He or she will consider such factors as the size and shape of your breast, the quality of your skin and the placement of your nipples and areolas (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipples). If your breasts are sagging, a breast lift may be recommended in conjunction with augmentation.
- Please avoid food and drink 6-8 hours prior to the operation
- Please prepare and bring a support bra yourself for your post operative assessment.
Procedure information and technique
Individual factors and personal preferences will help you and your plastic surgeon to determine your appropriate breast size, the location of incisions, and whether the implants will be placed on top of or underneath the chest muscle.
The method of inserting and positioning your implant will depend on your anatomy and your surgeons' recommendation. The incision can be made either in the crease where the breast meets the chest, around the areola (dark skin surrounding the nipple), or in the armpit.
Implant: Cohesive Gel Implants
Cohesive Gel implants have a strong and durable silicone shell that is composed of several layers to present the ‘gel bleed' that can occur with standard silicone breast implants. Additionally, these breast implants can return to their original form. Furthermore, cohesive Gel Implants are reportedly soft and natural feeling.
Results of Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation will make your breast fuller and enhance their shape. You will find it easier to wear certain styles of clothing. Like many women who have had breast augmentation, you may have a boost in self-confidence.
Except in the event of implant deflation requiring surgical replacement with a new implant, the results of your breast augmentation surgery will be long-lasting. However, gravity and the affects of ageing will eventually alter the size and shape of virtually every woman's breasts. If, after a period of years, you become dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you may choose to undergo a breast ‘lifting' to restore their more youthful contour.
Please remember that the relationship with your plastic surgeon does not end when you leave the operating room. If your have questions or concerns during your recovery, or need additional information at a later time, you should contact your surgeon.
- Side Effect Temporary pain
Swelling, Soreness, Change in nipple sensation
- Back to Work 4-5 days
- More strenuous activity 3-4 weeks
- Fading of scars Several months to a year or more
Risks and Complications
The subject of risks and potential complications of surgery if best discussed on a personal basis between you and your plastic surgeon, or with a staff member in your surgeon's office.
Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include reactions to anesthesia, blood accumulation that may need to be drained surgically and infection. Although rare, an infection that does not subside with appropriate treatment may require temporary removal of the implant. Changes in nipple or breast sensation may result from breast augmentation surgery, although they usually are temporary.
When breast implant is inserted, a scar capsule forms around it as part of the natural healing process. The capsule may sometimes tighten and compress the implant, causing the breast to feel firmer than normal. Capsule contracture can occur to varying degrees. If it is severe, it can cause discomfort or changes in the breast's appearance. In such cases, more surgery may be needed to modify or remove the scar or remove the scar tissue, or perhaps remove or replace the implant.
Post Operative Care (After care treatment)
You're likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery, but you'll be up and around in 24 to 48 hours. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by medication prescribed by your doctor. Your stitches will come out in a 5 to 7 days, but swelling in your breasts may take three to five weeks to disappear