Breast Augmentation Brisbane

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Breast Augmentation Brisbane

Breast Augmentation Brisbane

A thorough understanding of not only what happens technically during the breast augmentation procedure, but also the pre-operative preparation and post surgery recovery process, will help alleviate patient stress and improve confidence and patient comfort leading up to the surgery, and also during the recovery period.

 

Performing the Breast Augmentation Surgery

 

 

Breast Augmentation is usually performed as a day case, and is always done in an accredited medical facility. The surgical procedure begins with the administration of general anaesthesia by a fully qualified specialist anaesthetist. A smooth anaesthesia contributes to a rapid and comfortable recovery.The anaesthetist will also prescribe appropriate pain killers and other medications to be taken after surgery.

Making the incision

Once you’ve been anaesthetized, the surgeon can  begin to create the incision. The incision through which the implant is put through can be at the infra-mammary fold (the fold under the breast), peri-areolar (around the nipple), or trans-axillary (via the armpit).

During the initial consultation, Dr Goh will outline for you the pros and cons of the various incision options. The most commonly performed incision remains the infra-mammary fold (IMF). The scar from an IMF incision usually hides remarkably well and will often fade away to become very inconspicuous. The length of the incision will depend on the size and type of implant used, but will usually average around 5cm.

Creating the implant pocket

The next step is creation of the implant pocket. The location (or plane) of this pocket where the implant will sit can be either above or under the pectoral muscle. More commonly however, and in recent times, a dual-plane technique is employed, whereby the implant is placed partially under the muscle and partially under the breast tissue. This pocket plane technique provides the best of both worlds, with protection of the implant under the muscle where it’s needed in the upper pole, and expansion of the breast tissue by the implant where it’s most effective in the lower pole. The determining factors for the implant pocket plane are among numerous things that are important for the patient to fully understand and to discuss with Dr Goh during the initial consultation. Factors to take into consideration include the patient’s pre-existing breast condition, their desired outcome, and the type of implant to be used.

Inserting the Breast Implants

Once the pocket dissection is complete, the surgeon can insert and position the implant.

Closing the Incision

You are now one step closer to being done with the surgery. Everything has been placed and properly positioned, now it’s time to close the incision. Typically, a layered closure is performed, whereby sutures are first placed to close the breast tissue layer, followed by sutures to close the skin layer. Finally, the wound is sealed with surgical tape. Having a tension free wound closure helps to ensure that the incision line will heal nicely.

Once the dressings have been placed over the incision site, and the compression garment put on over your newly augmented breasts, reversal of the anaesthesia is commenced, and you are taken to the recovery area. There, you will be closely monitored until you are fully awake. When we determine that you are comfortable and fully recovered from the anaesthesia, you will be allowed to go home, together with your medication script and an extra compression garment.

Recovering from Breast Augmentation

The majority of patients will take between 24-48 hours of resting to fully recover from the effects of anaesthesia. At that time, the majority of patients will also be comfortable enough to return to light activities of daily living, including office work. It may be a good idea to have someone assist you at home for the first few days after surgery.

You should refrain from heavy lifting, aerobic exercises, exertion, and other intense activities that may raise your blood pressure for at least 4 weeks after surgery. These guidelines will be adjusted depending on your state and rate of recovery. Remember to take your medications (pain relief, antibiotics) as prescribed, and always feel free to contact the office if you have any concerns after surgery. Your first post-operative review is usually 1-2 weeks after surgery.

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Achieving the best possible outcome in breast augmentation surgery and minimizing downtime involves accurate pre-operative assessment, selecting the ideal implant type and size, formulating a surgical plan custom-tailored to the individual, and precise surgical execution.

To discuss what breast implant options would work best for you, get in touch with us to arrange a consultation with Dr Goh.

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