Breast augmentation, or enlargement, is a surgical procedure that increases fullness to the breasts using implants. As one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for women, it is very efficient in improving the contours of your body and helping you feel more attractive.
For women whose breasts are naturally small or flat or who have seen a change in their breasts since pregnancy, breast augmentation can provide fullness using implants located either behind or on top of the pectoral muscle.
An initial consultation will help you learn more about your options with breast augmentation as there are several methods that Mr Ritz can use to enhance your breasts. Not only will you need to determine how large you would like to go but also choosing the shape, material and texture of your implants will help produce a result that you are satisfied with.
Saline solution and silicone gel implants are both effective at enhancing the breasts and you may choose either one depending on your budget or cosmetic goals. You also have the option of receiving round or contoured implants along with a smooth or coarse texture.
It may seem overwhelming to pick exactly what you want but Mr Ritz can show you what you can expect with each option that is available. Using a 3D Vectra imaging machine, you can see photographs, in real-time, of what your breasts will look like after surgery.
You can look at samples of implants to gain a better understanding of the different shapes and textures that are available. It may also be beneficial for you to try on “sizers” in a bra that provide an example of how you will look will larger breasts.
Mr Ritz will measure your breasts and determine whether you are healthy enough to receive surgery. One of the most important parts of your consultation is assessing the size and shape of your breasts and coming to a realistic expectation about what implants can provide.
Two weeks before your surgery, you will come in for a second consultation to review the treatment plan that Mr Ritz has created and go over any additional questions or concerns you may have about breast enlargement.
During the surgery
You should arrive 30 minutes to two hours before your surgery to meet with Mr Ritz who will mark any incisions and techniques he plans to use. You will also see an anaesthetist to discuss what will happen as you go under for surgery.
You will receive general anaesthesia which will render you unconscious and ensure your complete comfort during surgery. Mr Ritz will make an incision in a designated location and create a pocket within the chest where he will eventually place the implant. Using an inflatable sizer, Mr Ritz will expand the pocket to the appropriate size and insert your implants.
Once he checks your breasts for symmetry, Mr Ritz will close your incisions with sutures and place drains to collect and remove any fluids.
Your breasts will be wrapped in a dressing to contain any swelling and support the tissues while they heal. After an overnight stay in a private hospital room, your drains will be removed and you will be able to return home.
Mr Ritz will have you fitted for a specialised bra that you will wear for six weeks every day and night. You will also come in for follow up appointments to assess the progress of your surgery.
Post operative care
As you recover, it’s essential that you limit any physical activity such as vigorous exercise or heavy lifting for at least six weeks or at the discretion of Mr Ritz. You will also be unable to drive for the first two weeks after surgery.
It may be beneficial to have a friend or family member assist you during the recovery process so as to limit the amount of lifting and activity you perform.
How long does the surgery take?
Approximately 1 hour.
Can I do it just as a day case?
Yes it is usually done as day surgery, patients can have the option to stay overnight, it depends on the person and can be discussed at the time of consultation.
How long do I have to take off work?
Approximately 2 weeks, depending on what you do for work.
When can I drive?
After 2 weeks.
How long until I can exercise?
Usually not until at least 6 weeks post operatively.
Can I choose what implant and size I want?
Yes, with the help of the Mr Ritz, he will advise what he feels is best suited to you.
Where is the best place to have the incision?
It depends on the person, Mr Ritz will advise what he feels is best for you.
Can I breastfeed after surgery?
The implant does not interfere with breast feeding.
Will I loose nipple sensation?
The nerves are stretched during surgery, which may result in temporary loss in sensation.
Are the implants in there permanently?
No, they are a foreign body and usually have to be changed, some patients they do last longer than others but we say at approximately 10-15 years.
How much does the surgery cost?
It depends on what is required, the type of implant chosen and hospital and anaesthetic fees, please contact us for a rough quote.