The breasts have always been considered to be women’s most important female assets. Therefore, those who do not have the ideal breast size for their body may feel less confident to embrace their femininity. Thus, those with small or aplastic breasts or breast asymmetry and women who have undergone a mastectomy are the ideal candidates for a breast augmentation procedure.
The breast augmentation techniques which are performed in modern plastic surgery are the following:
Non touch – No pain technique
A 100% atraumatic method, where the plastic surgeon avoids using his fingers to create the pocket for the silicone implant, since he may cause extended injury or bleeding of the tissue.
Dual plane technique
It is also known as the Two Level Technique, as the implant is found half under the muscle and half under the muscle fascia.
The implant is placed under a thin membrane that covers the muscle and is called fascia.
The pre-operative care involves a good planning concerning the type and volume of the implant. The plastic surgeon performs 5 important measurements of the patient’s chest. The woman then tries on the silicone implants in order to have a good idea of what her breast will look like after surgery. Her will in combination with the measurements of her chest define the type of implant and its size.
A number of lab tests are performed before the procedure: full blood count, coagulation test and heart examination, chest X-ray and mammography (in case the patient is older than 35). In general, patients are advised to stop taking any vitamins, refrain from smoking and alcohol and avoid aspirin for 1-2 weeks before the procedure as well as afterwards. A healthy diet may contribute to a better and faster recovery.