Breast enlargement (mammary augmentation)

Many women are dissatisfied with the size and/or shape of their breasts. A breast enlargement can offer a solution in those cases. More than 3,000 breast enlargements are performed in the Netherlands every year. Breast enlargement, also called breast augmentation, is a surgical procedure performed by a plastic surgeon. Of course, there are risks associated with every operation. In this article you can read everything about breast enlargement.

Breast enlargement

Breast enlargement, also called breast augmentation, is a surgical procedure performed by a plastic surgeon. This involves changing the size and shape of the breast(s) by inserting an implant (prosthesis). More than 3,000 breast enlargements are performed in the Netherlands every year. A breast enlargement can be performed because a woman has underdeveloped breasts, small breasts or, for example, sagging breasts. The latter mainly occurs after pregnancy or after someone has lost a lot of weight. Many women are not satisfied with their own breasts. A breast enlargement can offer a solution in many cases. But before you decide on a breast enlargement, it is important to consider the pros and cons.

Risks

Naturally, breast enlargement should always be performed by an adequately trained plastic surgeon. If that happens, breast enlargement is generally a very safe surgical procedure. However, complications can occur with any surgical procedure. General surgical risks, which are present with almost every operation, include bleeding, infection and fluid retention. Risks specific to breast enlargement are related to the inserted prosthesis. There are different types of prostheses and each prosthesis has advantages and disadvantages. Prosthesis-related risks include capsular contracture (the formation of connective tissue around the prosthesis) and wear of the prosthesis (the current generation of breast prostheses are very strong, but the lifespan of a prosthesis can be limited).

Operation

Breast enlargement surgery usually takes an hour. The prosthesis is inserted through an incision, usually in the fold of skin under the breast. It is also possible to insert the prosthesis through an incision in the armpit or through the areola. The prosthesis is usually placed between the mammary gland tissue and the pectoral muscle. Sometimes the prosthesis is placed under the muscle directly on the ribs. This choice depends on the shape of the breast. After the operation, the breasts are bandaged with a supportive bandage. Sometimes drains are placed, these are thin, plastic tubes that ensure that the wound fluid can be drained from the wound.

Postoperatively

Breast enlargement is usually done as a day procedure, which means that you can return home after a few hours. You will receive instructions about what you can and cannot do. You often need to take it easy for a week. Shortly after the operation you will have to deal with a wound area that is healing, do not be alarmed by this. This slowly changes into a much nicer end result.

Result

Many women are happy with their breast enlargement. A breast enlargement is a very personal choice, it will not always be understood by those around you, but the most important thing is that you are satisfied with the end result.

Check

The advice is to make another appointment with a plastic surgeon for a check-up at least ten years after the breast enlargement operation.

Cost

This procedure is not reimbursed by health insurance. The price depends on your plastic surgeon.

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