Published July 17, 2014

What Happens During a Breast Enlargement Operation?

Procedures for breast enlargement operation

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

Undergoing breast enlargement 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 review or know more all about it if only to make the best out of the cost of breast enlargement.

A typical operation for breast enlargement in Sydney involves the following steps

Step 1: Anaesthetics

Just like any other surgical procedure, breast enlargement 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 enlargement operation by performing the required incisions. A good surgeon is expected to create the incisions to be as inconspicuous as possible in order to avoid noticeable scars which can be unsightly. 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 enlargement 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 desire, 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 for optimal recovery. Closing the incisions typically requires the use of layered sutures which is further reinforced with surgical tape or skin adhesive. If done correctly, the incisions are expected to fade in time with no noticeable scars.

Step 5: Appreciate the results

The good thing about breast augmentation surgery is that it yields instantly visible results. For more information about the results in breast enlargement surgery, call Dr Tavakoli today on 1300 368 107 and arrange a consultation!

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

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