Breast Augmentation

The breasts can lose volume and their shape can change after weight loss, childbirth or as a result of aging.

Breast augmentation is for women who desire larger breasts, women with a moderate degree of breast sagging (ptosis), those who wish to restore their breast volume, and women who have one breast that is noticeably smaller than the other. Breast augmentation can enhance the size of the breast as well as give you a better proportioned figure.

During your consultation Dr. Wardle will examine your breasts taking into consideration factors such as the size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your skin and the placement of your nipples. Your specific cosmetic goals for surgery as well as your physical and emotional health will be discussed. Be sure to discuss your expectations frankly with Dr. Wardle.

Breast implants can make it more difficult to read mammograms. Women at risk of breast cancer will need to consider this prior to making a decision about whether to have implants. Saline filled implants can be placed under the chest muscle so that there will be less interference with mammograms, but other factors also need to be considered. Dr. Wardle will discuss this with you fully.

Individual factors and personal preferences will help you and Dr. Wardle determine your appropriate breast size, the location of incisions, and whether the implants will be placed on top of or underneath the chest muscle. Once the incision is made, Dr. Wardle creates a pocket into which the implant will be inserted. This pocket can be made directly behind the breast tissue or underneath the pectoral muscle, which is located between the breast tissue and chest wall.

Breast augmentation is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Arrangements will be made for a registered nurse to stay with you the first night following surgery. It is recommended that you sleep on your back during the initial healing phase. You will need to avoid heavy lifting and straining for approximately two weeks, but may resume normal activities at any time if they cause no discomfort.

After surgery, some discoloration and swelling will occur initially, but this will disappear quickly. Most residual swelling will resolve within a month. After breast surgery, it is often possible to return to work within just a few days or a week. The incisions will initially be firm and pink, but this will resolve within a short period of time. Except in the event of implant deflation, the results of your breast augmentation surgery should be long lasting.

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