Breast augmentation is a type of procedure that increases the size and symmetry of the breasts by installing implants. For some women, breast augmentation is a way to feel more confident, while for others it can be part of breast reconstruction after various conditions. Breast augmentation is a big decision that requires careful planning to ensure a safe and desired result. The team of plastic surgeons at the Cito Polyclinic are certified and highly trained surgeons with clinical experience in performing the most complex procedures on the breasts.
Description of the procedureDuring the consultation and pre-operative examination, our team of plastic surgeons will make a detailed plan of the operation and adjust the size of the implant to the patient's wishes. At the CIto Polyclinic, we use Mentor and Motiva implants, which meet the highest safety standards. When installing implants, two types of incisions are used:
- Inframammillary incision: an incision under the breast where the breast fold meets the skin of the chest
- Periareolar incision: incision along the lower edge of the nipple.
- Under the glandular tissue of the breast
- Under the muscle
- Combination of both methods
Preparation for the procedureBefore the surgical procedure, it is necessary to consult with one of our plastic surgeons in order to express your expectations but also familiarize yourself with the entire procedure and its complications. In order to prepare for the procedure, it is necessary to stop taking painkillers or long-term medications or herbal preparations that can increase bleeding.
RecoveryAfter surgery, chest pain is a normal phenomenon. In order to reduce the pain to a minimum, our staff will give you painkillers, also during the procedure, our anesthesiologist will give regional anesthesia in addition to general anesthesia, which greatly reduces postoperative pain. During your discharge from the Polyclinic, our surgeons will give you detailed instructions on how to behave during the period after surgery. Instructions to follow after surgery:
- Avoiding heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for at least a month
- Using a bra that is comfortable for 4 weeks after surgery to reduce postoperative swelling and place the implants in the pockets where they were placed
- Considering the complexity of the procedure, it is advised to take 10-14 days off before returning to work in order to ensure complete recovery and successful healing of the wound.
- Pain and swelling after surgery are normal and disappear over time
RisksLike any surgical procedure, breast augmentation brings some risks with which it is important for the patient to become familiar. The most common complications of the procedure are:
- Changes in nipple and breast sensation
- Changing the position of the implant
Back to workMost patients have a full recovery within 10-14 days after the procedure and are ready to return to work. In the event that the work requires heavy physical activity, it is recommended that this period be longer.
The most frequent questions and answers:
- Q: What to wear from clothes A: It is recommended to use a surgical bra for 3-4 weeks after surgery. The bra is removed only when showering and washing. It is recommended to wear comfortable clothes that can be easily put on and taken off. It is not recommended to wear tight clothes during the mentioned period. After 3-4 weeks, the surgical bra can be replaced with a soft, supportive sports bra.
- Q: Hygiene (Shower and bath)? A:For the first two days after the operation, it is advised not to shower. Swimming in swimming pools, bathtubs and hot baths should be avoided until the wounds have healed or until you receive permission from our surgeons.
- Q: Physical activity? A: For three to four weeks after surgery, avoid heavy physical activity and lifting heavy objects. Light physical activity such as walking is desirable.
- Q: In which position to sleep? A: For the first 7 days after surgery, it is recommended to sleep on your back. To avoid turning unconsciously while sleeping, you can place pillows on the side for support. Sleeping on the stomach is not recommended, it is advisable to wait at least 4 weeks after the procedure to sleep on the side.