Breast Implant Surgery (Augmentation) Explained


Breast implant surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic, and takes between 60 and 90 minutes.

During the operation, a cut (incision) will be made in the skin next to the treated breast(s). Your surgeon will discuss with you the location of the incisions beforehand so you’re aware of where the scars will be.

After the incision, the implant is positioned between your breast tissue and chest muscle, or behind your chest muscle. Once the implants are in place, the incision is stitched and covered with a dressing. The stitches used a dissolvable and the implants used are the best quality – selected by your specialists.

You’ll usually be able to go home the same day you have the operation, or sometimes you may need to stay in hospital overnight. When you return home, you’ll need to take things easy at first, before gradually returning to most of your normal activities within the next three to four weeks.

You may be worried your breasts look unnatural at first, but this is normal and in the vast majority of cases temporary. Your breasts will usually start to look and feel better within a few months.

Possible complications

If you are contemplating having breast implants, you should make sure you are aware of the potential risks.

Some of the problems that can occur as a result of having breast implants fitted include:

  • infection or bleeding after surgery
  • scarring
  • the shrinkage of scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture)
  • the implant splitting (rupturing)
  • the implant becoming creased or folded
  • temporary or permanent changes to nipple sensation

In some cases, further surgery may be needed to treat problems that develop. Your Breast Expert surgeon will always be a highly experienced oncoplastic breast surgeon who has treated thousands of patients. She or he will be able to reassure you about these potential complications during your consultation.

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