Breast Implant

The purpose of this surgery is to enlarge small breasts or breasts that diminished or that suffered atrophy after pregnancy. It is also indicated as correction of asymmetrical breasts or as a complementary treatment to mammary reconstruction following tumors. This type of surgery consists of the introduction of a silicone implant on the form of gel involved in resistant material made of several textures. This is a substance which is well accepted by the body. The implants, domestic or imported, in several sizes, are chosen by common consent between doctor and patient. Breastfeeding is perfectly possible if the implant does not interfere with the physiology of the breast.

Surgical Procedure

The incision can be made in the infra-mammary fold, around the areola or in the armpit under general anesthesia combined with local anesthesia. The mammary tissue is undermined and the implant can be placed below the mammary gland or the pectoral muscle. After suturing, surgical adhesive tapes are placed on top of the incision and a supporting bra (surgical) is maintained for the patient’s better comfort. The incision is discrete. The procedure takes an average of 60 to 90 minutes.

Postoperative Care

If the patient feels any pain, it can be dealt with ordinary painkillers. The patient is released from hospital in 24 hours. During the initial period the patient should rest to some extent, after 20 and 30 days the patient may drive and practice light exercise, respectively. Swelling and discrete hematoma disappear naturally. After 30 days the patient can be moderately exposed to the sun. The final result can be verified around the 18th month. Possibly the so called encapsulation may happen, in consequence of an excessive inflammatory reaction, causing an uncomfortable local hardening for the patient. Massage is recommended as a preventive measure during recovery.