Breast augmentation checklist – What to consider before a procedure


A beautiful, full and large breast – This is a very important topic for many women. If you follow a study of a leading underwear manufacturer, about 90 percent of women are dissatisfied with the appearance of their breasts. About 40 percent long for firmer breasts, about 34 percent want larger breasts and 32 percent are dissatisfied with the shape. Push-up bras, pectoral muscle training, special creams – there are many ways to make breasts bigger. Unfortunately, only surgical interventions usually help permanently.

But what should women definitely consider before they decide to have a breast enlargement?

What methods are available to patients?

There are several different procedures: Offered are Breast augmentations with simultaneous breast lifts (the breasts are lifted and reshaped) and pure breast augmentation (by means of implants or autologous fat) – in many cases this also includes Corrections of the nipple. Not every wish can be fulfilled. On the one hand, the natural disposition of the woman plays a role, on the other hand, the body proportion and the health of the patient. – Only if the “desired size” is in proportion to the rest of the body, the attending specialist will agree to an operation.

For this reason, in advance always a Consultation to have a consultation. In the course of the conversation, the motives are determined and the breasts are analyzed in detail. Is breast augmentation enough or is a lift also necessary?

Implant shapes and surgical techniques

Breast surgery is not always breast surgery. In the end, not all breasts are the same. The analysis of the breasts, which is carried out in the course of the consultation, ensures in the end that the doctor can make a Breast augmentation with autologous fat or by means of implants recommends.

Furthermore, about the Cutting technique (Will the implant be placed under or over the pectoral muscle, or over the areola, inframammary fold, or axilla?) and Implant shape and size decided. Dr. Bernard uses 3D imaging to better demonstrate the possible outcome. This allows patients to get a precise idea of the result in advance.

Nowadays, specialists usually recommend a silicone implant, which is placed over or under the pectoral muscle and inserted over the inframammary fold. Saline is discouraged, due to the “fake feeling”; access via the axilla is also often rejected because of the high risk of inflamed and poorly healing scars. Moreover, only smaller implants can be inserted via the areola, and the risk of sensory disturbances at the nipples is significantly increased. Internationally, therefore, the approach via the inframammary fold is the most commonly used.

Breast augmentation checklist: what patients need to know in connection with the procedure.

During the consultation, women will be educated on what Risks and complications are possible. Of course, breast surgery is a routine procedure, but this does not mean that risks and complications can be excluded. Common risks include bruising and post-operative bleeding, wound healing problems, bacterial infections or even slipped implants.

In the long term, the risk of capsular fibrosis. – This results in hardening of the implant. As a result, further surgery is necessary; in 5 percent of all cases, the implant even has to be removed.

A breast augmentation or breast lift is a surgical procedure under general anesthesiawhich is not performed on an outpatient basis. This means that – as with other operations – certain measures must be followed, such as no alcohol or nicotine consumption. Especially after the procedure, it is important to follow the recommended rules of conduct to ensure optimal healing of the scars and the best possible result.

What measures must be taken into account after the procedure?

During the first months, a special bra is worn – even at night. In addition, during the first two weeks the patient should also take it easy physically; for six weeks there is a absolute ban on sports.

The result of breast surgery is visible after about six months. Until then, the breasts are often swollen, so you should not be surprised why the breasts become a little smaller again with time. After about a year, the last check-up appointment takes place. If swelling, pain, redness or bleeding or tissue changes occur, these must be examined immediately by the doctor in order to be able to prevent any complications ahead of time.