Frequently Asked Questions on Breast Surgery

Dr Barnouti  is by far one of the leading expert surgeons in the field of breast augmentation. Through the years, the medical team of the practice have been providing expert care and treatment that’s second to none. For your consideration, we have provided a brief list of some of the most frequently asked questions regarding breast surgery and other procedures that you can have at our clinic.  For more information regarding cosmetic surgical procedures, have a good read through our website and get in touch with our practice as well for consultations.

Who should have breast surgery?

As we offer various types of breast surgical procedures, we value our clients’ needs above all, and each treatment is especially designed with various circumstances and factors to consider in mind. Breast augmentation is the procedure of choice for women who opt for more gorgeous bust lines. If you’re dreaming of having fuller breasts without the artificial feel of cosmetic surgery, then you might want to check out our breast augmentation procedure. As for individuals who desire a more youthful, voluptuous, and fuller look to sagging breasts, you can opt for breast lift surgery. And of course, breast reduction treatment offers men and women relief from the discomfort and emotional stress that’s brought about by gynecomastia in men, and heavy breasts for women.

What are the differences between saline and silicone implants?

There are two types of breast implants that our medical specialists use for breast augmentation procedures. Silicone-based implants and those that are filled with a sterile saline preparation are your best bet. These implants come in various shapes and sizes depending on your desired results. Saline implants call for a small incision in order to place them next to breast tissue, while silicone ones require a bigger cut. But nevertheless, the incisions made after the surgery won’t be visible so you don’t have to worry about scarring or keloid formation.  Silicone implants offer a more natural feel compared to saline prep, as the latter may cause surface rippling since it’s less dense than silicone. Before each procedure, Dr Barnouti will be giving you clear walk through on the benefits, risks, and the method of surgery so you can consider your choices easily.

Is breast augmentation painful?

Depending on the incision site, your level of pain tolerance, application of anaesthetic, and placement of the implants, pain can range from just a scratch to something more. But with Dr Barnouti, you can be sure that you’re handled by an expert because you’ll be provided with the most ideal pain relief measures for your optimum comfort. It is normal to feel exhausted and in a little bit of pain several days following the surgery, the breasts may feel sensitive or sore to touch and can appear swollen for up to a month. Expect a feeling of tightness on the chest, as the skin compensates to the new size of the breasts. Swelling may also be observed under the arms and abdomen but this is normal. For most people who don’t have clotting problems, the bruising and swelling will subside within two weeks at most.

 What happens after the operation?

After the surgery, you may feel groggy as the effects of the general anaesthetic wears off. You will then be wheeled to a recovery room and a compression bandage will be placed on your chest for four to six hours following the procedure. It is encouraged that you go with a friend or a responsible family member. You can go home after the effects of the sedative completely wear off and your vital signs are stable. In the next few days, your body systems will feel a little bit off so you’ll be given a medication pack that contains Valium for pain, Panadeine Forte, antibiotics to combat infection, and tablets for constipation. You will receive a series of calls to follow up on your condition by our nurses in the next seven days,

How long is the recovery period after breast surgery?

It all depends on the body’s ability to heal and recover in the shortest period of time.

When can I resume normal activities?

You can continue with your daily, non-strenuous routine five days after your operation. You may need a little help reaching out for things, carrying weight, and cooking. Make sure that you can easily do things around your house before you undergo with the procedure especially if you live alone. The first two weeks following surgery is considered recuperating time for you, so no exertion must be done to speed up the healing process of your operative site. Hire a nanny or ask someone to look after young children if you have them for the next two weeks. Upper body workouts are discouraged temporarily, but you can still do brisk walking as your afternoon or morning constitutional. Have someone to drive you around in a car for the next two weeks, especially if you go to places that are hours away from your home.

 

Will the feeling in my breast or nipple change?

You may observe a diminished sensation around the nipples or breasts following surgery, don’t worry because the nerves and blood vessels are recuperating at this time; just like you. Shooting pains, or occasional tingling sensation may also be felt from time to time especially on the chest and under-arm areas but this should not persist and get worse. There are patients who report a feeling of having sunburnt skin after the surgery. This manifestation is normal since your skin is trying to cope up with the increased size. It is a good idea to use some moisturizing lotion, preferably one that is rich in vitamin E to maintain the elasticity of your skin and keep tell-tale sagging away.

Will breast surgery affect my ability to breastfeed?

Yes it will affect your ability to breastfeed in general. There are certain factors to consider such as the incision site, and your ability to recover in a short period of time before you can get a clean bill to resume breastfeeding. Plus you’ll be taking medications that may get excreted in breast milk.

Will the implants drop?

During the first few days after the surgery, the breasts may appear red and unnaturally raised than usual. This shouldn’t bother you because your body will gradually adjust to the new implants. These will drop after a week, giving you a more natural feel on your breasts. You will be prescribed with a special type of brassiere that facilitates descent of the implants.

Do implants need to be replaced regularly?

Implants can last up to 20 years or so. It’s not permanent, and after some point, it needs to be replaced.

How will I know if my implants have ruptured?

The reason why silicone-based implants are preferred by most clients and prescribed by surgeons is because if it ruptures inside your body, a cohesive gel layer forms in order to prevent leakage of the silicone into your body. Only an ultrasound can detect implant rupture, so regular checkups are encouraged.

How will I know if I get capsule contracture?

Capsular contracture results when the scar tissue that forms after the surgery tighten or thicken which can compress the implant. You can experience mild discomfort, displacement of the implant, firmness of the operative site, and pain due to capsular contracture. If this happens, seek professional help immediately because additional breast surgery may be needed.

Learn More about Breast Surgery

So if you’re thinking about getting a breast augmentation, reduction, or breast lift surgery; you may want to write down your questions beforehand so you’ll have that well-deserved peace of mind. Feel free to get in touch with our highly trained surgeon, Dr Barnouti.  We look forward to hearing from you.