Breast Augmentation

Medical Name:
Breast Augmentation
Common Name:
Breast Enlargement
Estimated Cost:
€ 3,000 – 3,500
Type of Anesthesia:
General
Length of Procedure: 1,5 hours
Down Time: 1 – 2 days
Recovery Time: 1 – 2 weeks
Discomfort Level: Moderate

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation, or breast enlargement, is a surgical procedure designed to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breast. This has become one of the most popular procedures performed today. Breast size can easily be increased by one or more bra cup sizes. There are many reasons why women choose to undergo breast augmentation. Some women wish to increase the size of their breasts in order to enhance their body contour. Breast augmentation can correct breasts of different size, or help women that have lost shape in their breasts as a result of age, pregnancy or nursing. There are other reasons why women choose to undergo breast augmentation. However, the individual must have realistic goals and expectations for the procedure. Be sure to discuss with your doctor your reasons for wanting to enhance the size of your breasts.

As with other cosmetic surgery procedures, the most appropriate candidates for breast augmentation surgery are those who are looking for improvement and not perfection. Additional factors such as being over eighteen years of age, possessing good physical and mental health, and being realistic in their expectations are additional considerations one should keep in mind while determining whether or not breast augmentation surgery is right for them.

Breast augmentation is tailored to each patient. In addition to performing primary breast augmentation, Dr. Danau performs breast implant exchange surgery for patients who wish to change the size or type of breast implant. Dr. Wim Danau will discuss your breast enlargement goals with you in detail at your initial consultation, and together you and he will decide the best type and size of implants to achieve those goals.

Breast Augmentation Candidates

The best breast augmentation candidates are patients who have realistic expectations for results and who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. Good candidates are typically physically and emotionally healthy, and have thoughtfully considered their aesthetic enhancement goals. Patients who are generally dissatisfied with their bodies and who have unrealistic expectations for results, and those that feel pressured into surgery by others, are typically not good candidates for a breast augmentation procedure.

Contact our cosmetic surgery office for more information on candidacy for breast enlargement with implants.

Breast Implants

Well before you undergo your breast augmentation procedure, you and Dr. Wim Danau will determine the type of breast implants to be placed. There are a variety of options, including:

Saline Breast Implants

Saline implants are composed of a silicone shell filled with a saltwater, or saline, solution. These are some of the most commonly used implants, and they have been proven to be safe and effective. However, some saline implants can cause the appearance of rippling under the breast, and have been known to rupture and leak. Saline breast implants can also cause a condition known as capsular contracture, a condition in which scar tissue forms around the implant that makes the area feel hardened.

Gel-Filled Breast Implants

Cohesive gel-filled implants are some of the newest types of breast implants. Gel-filled breast implants are composed of a strong silicone shell with several layers to prevent leaks. The silicone gel inside is thick and cohesive, similar to the consistency of a “gummy bear,” and is designed to remain stable if the implant ruptures. Gel implants are reportedly much more similar to actual breast tissue than other implant types and have less of a tendency to ripple and fold. However, gel implants require a larger incision for insertion and are typically more expensive than saline or silicone implants. During your initial consultation, Dr. Danau can provide you with more information on cohesive gel implants.

You and Dr. Danau will determine which type, size, and shape of breast implants will be used to enhance your breasts before the procedure takes place. He will discuss all aspects of the implants and the surgery, and he will advise you on the best options for your particular needs and goals. If your breasts sag, he may advise you that breast implants can be used in combination with a breast lift to eliminate droop and tighten the entire breast area.

The Procedure

A breast enlargement procedure can be performed while you are under general anesthesia, or local anesthesia combined with a sedative. The procedure typically takes about one to two hours to complete. Dr. Wim Danau will begin by making an incision either in the underside of the breast, around the areola (the dark-pigmented area around the nipple), or in the armpit. He will then place the implant either directly behind the breast tissue or beneath the chest muscle. Incision locations and exact placement of the implants will be decided in discussions between you and Dr. Danau before the breast augmentation procedure. Dr. Danau will make every effort to make any residual scarring as discreet as possible.

Recovery

There is usually some pain and discomfort for several days after a breast enlargement procedure, but these can be alleviated with medication. Bruising, swelling, and a burning sensation or numbness in the nipples should subside within the first few weeks of recovery. Most of our breast implants patients are able to resume normal daily activities within five to seven days. However, strenuous exercise and direct stimulation to the breasts should be avoided for three to four weeks after surgery. Although scars from the procedure will never disappear completely, they will begin to fade with time.

Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation.

Risks

There are risks involved in any surgical procedure, and breast augmentation is no exception. Dr. Wim Danau will work to make any associated risks as minimal as possible. Possible complications that can arise from breast augmentation include:

  • Capsular contracture (formation of scar tissue around the implant)
  • Excessive bleeding following the operation
  • Infection
  • Reactions to anaesthesia
  • Oversensitivity or undersensitivity of the nipples
  • Permanent nipple numbness
  • Implant rupture
  • Implant rippling

Also, special mammograms must be used for breast augmentation patients who have received silicone breast implants. Dr. Danau will discuss all risks of breast enlargement surgery with you at your initial consultation.

Benefits

Breast enhancement can improve your entire body by augmenting the bustline and giving you a more shapely body contour. Breast enhancement can also:

  • Add volume and curves
  • Bring the breasts into balance
  • Restore lift after sagging due to pregnancy or aging
  • Rebuild the breasts after mastectomy
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Provide more clothing options

Breast augmentation has provided satisfying, even exhilarating, results to many women all over the world, and it can give you the “perky” bustline of your dreams.

Contact Dr. Danau Today

Breast augmentation performed by Dr. Wim Danau can renew your appearance and self-esteem by adding volume to your breasts and bringing out your natural beauty. In addition to breast augmentation, Dr. Danau offers several other sophisticated procedures for the breast, including breast lift, breast reduction and male breast reduction. Please schedule a personal consultation to learn more about these treatments.

 

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