What Happens During a Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Operation?

Published July 17, 2014

What Happens During a Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Operation?

Procedures for breast augmentation mammoplasty operation

So you’ve found a good breast surgeon who has carefully cleared and scheduled you for a breast augmentation mammoplasty operation. So what happens then?

Undergoing breast augmentation mammoplasty in Sydney can be fairly complex but it certainly helps for a patient to know what actually happens during the actual procedure if only to completely prepare themselves for such an operation.

Your breast surgeon has more than likely laid out the steps for you, but read on to find out more about what happens in the actual procedure.

A typical operation for breast augmentation mammoplasty in Sydney involves the following steps

Step 1: Anaesthetics
Just like any other surgical procedure, breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery requires the use of anaesthetics. It’s an invasive operation so general anesthesia is administered to make the patient as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure. In some cases, intravenous sedation may be used depending on your surgeon’s recommendations and how he intends to proceed with the operation

Step 2: The breast surgeon creates the necessary incisions
The surgeon begins with the breast augmentation mammoplasty operation by performing the required incisions. Your breast surgeon ought to have previously discussed the type of incisions to be made during the consultation process. The types of incisions typically performed in a breast augmentation mammoplasty operation include:

The periareolar incision – the tissues surrounding the nipples

Inframammary incision – below the breast tissue

Transaxillary incision – near the arm pit

As you can see, these incisions vary primarily on where the incisions are made. The decision on which type of incisions to perform depends on several factors – the type of breast implant, the size of the breast implant, the patient’s anatomy as well as the preference of the surgeon and that of the patient.

Step 3: Installing the breast implant
Now the incisions are made primarily to create an access point in which to insert and install the breast implant unto the patient’s body which can be done in two ways:

Sub-muscular insertion – the implants are inserted below the pectoral muscle

Sub-mammary insertion – the implants are inserted at the back of the breast tissue directly over the pectoral muscles

Again the manner in which the breast implants are inserted varies depending on the kind of breast implant used, the results desired, the patient’s anatomy and the surgeon’s preferences.

Step 4: Sealing the incisions
Once the breast implants are installed and positioned correctly, the breast surgeon will of course have to seal the incisions and treat the wounds. Closing the incisions typically requires the use of layered sutures which is further reinforced with surgical tape or skin adhesive.

Step 5: Appreciate the results
The results of the procedure can only be fully appreciated after the body has recovered. For more information about the results of breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery, call Dr Tavakoli on 1300 368 107 and arrange a consultation.

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an Australian-trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the International Society (ISAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is knowledgeable in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the world on these topics.