Breast augmentation is one of the most common surgeries in Plastic Surgery as it concerns the organ symbol of the female nature, breast. It is mainly an aesthetic, at the same time remedial operation which also restores the psychology, social life and self-confidence in women.
Most common problems to deal with:
- Disorders of breast size (hypoplasia, aplasia, significant asymmetry)
- Shape (tubular breast)
- Position (1st-2nd degree drop)
- Usually these problems are the result of weight fluctuations, previous breastfeeding and hormonal disorders and changes
After receiving their medical history and perform the clinical examination, each patient is always treated as a separate, individual case. Their needs are assessed in combination with measurements specific to both the breast area and the rest of the body (chest wall, pelvis) to achieve best aesthetic results and symmetry based on the proportions of the body.
The silicone implants used, last for many years are many and are the best in the world, licensed by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
Breast augmentation surgery is performed under general anesthesia or light intoxication, combined with local anesthesia. The incision is invisible, as it is "hidden" in the area under the breast fold or peritoneum (at the border of skin and nipple). The silicone implants are placed mainly under the major pectoralis muscle (muscle located behind the breast) thus offering a double layer of coverage of the implants, therefore better protection, as well as reducing any problems of inflammation or capsule formation.
- Immediate visible results which last for decades
- There are no drains
- There is moderate to mild sensitivity which is treated with oral painkillers such as paracetamol
- Postoperative swelling of the breast it gradually subsides over the next 2-3 weeks
- The patient stays in the hospital for only a few hours or a maximum of one night
- Patients can return to work after 5-6 days, wearing only a sports bra and take a bath after 2 days
Breast lift is the operation of Plastic Surgery which is used to achieve lift and correction of the shape of the breasts without affecting their volume. The effect of gravity, weight fluctuations, breastfeeding and various hormonal changes, significantly affect the elasticity, shape and position of the breast, resulting in a saggy appearance. Also, the nipple following the fall of the breast, appears flattened and "stripped".
Suitable for patients with:
- Dropping Breasts
- Looseness of the skin and altered shape of the breasts
- Tubular or flattened breasts
- Nipple drooping and flattened areola
Breast reconstruction is a major chapter in Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. Following mastectomy or other causes such as injury, which can cause partial or total removal of the breast, reconstruction comes in, in order to give a very effective solution, as we shape the breast from scratch
In particular, after mastectomy or at the same time with mastectomy (immediate restoration), or later (distal restoration), we can create the breast with the following methods:
- With silicone implants
- By using tissues from the patient
With silicone inserts
It’s a surgical technique that involves the placement of silicone implants, just as in breast augmentation, usually in 2 stages. In the 1st stage, the dilators (implants filled with saline) are placed, with the help of which, through the stretches, we create a pocket in which the permanent implants will be placed. In the 2nd stage, the dilators are removed and replaced with the permanent implants. At the same time or later, the nipple-areola complex is created, either with free skin grafts and a small local flap, or with the help of a tattoo.
By using tissues from the patient themselves
In cases that have been preceded by radiation after mastectomy, where there is a relative contraindication for the use of implants, tissues (flaps) can be used by the patient themselves or from the area of the abdominal wall or from the back, with very good aesthetics and operational results. In these cases the duration of the operations is longer.
This is an operation which aims to reduce the total volume of the breast, in cases of giant mastitis or very large breast, creating difficulty in the patient's daily life, with the main annoyances being pain in the upper limbs, neck and mainly the spine. With the breast reduction procedure, the excess volume of the breasts, the fat and the skin is removed, resulting along with the volume reduction, at the total lift of the breast. Patients acquire breasts, in harmony with the other proportions of their body and mainly get rid of the unpleasant symptoms of the excessive volume they had before.
After proper study of the case, depending on the volume, shape and size of the nipple drop, the most appropriate technique is selected to remove excess skin, gland and fat, while at the same time the nipple is moved to a higher position where it should normally be. ie approximately at the height of the middle of the arm.
Note: Drain tubes are placed on the patient’s breasts, during the surgery and they are usually removed before the patient is discharged from the hospital. Eczema and edema gradually subside after 2-3 weeks.