Technical aspect of breast implant surgery
Multiple choice are offered: Breast implant: saline or silicone, implant shape: round or anatomical, implant placement: in front or behind the muscle. Incisions: inframammary, around the nipple or in the axilla. It also can be combined with breast lift.It can be offered before or after childbirth. Patient consultation help establishing the adequate plan for the patient. This surgery is done under general anaesthesia.
Keep head elevated. Weight and arm lifting can be done as tolerated. The bra is used at least for the first week. Shower is taken 48 hours after surgery. No chest soaking in water like in a bath or pool before a month. Implant and scar massaging as instructed. Off work for 7-10 days. Physical exercises are permitted 2-4 weeks after the surgery.
Getting ready for breast implant surgery
All patients need to stop: smoking and taking blood thinners medications. Nothing to eat and drink before the surgery. The skin needs to be cleaned with antiseptic soap before the surgery.
What to watch
Excessive swelling, redness, fever wound discharge. Long term: deflation, implant hardening.
Infections, bleeding, implant rupture, malpositioning of the implant, visible scar, diminished breast sensation and capsular contracture (implant hardening)