The first step that a woman who is considering the possibility of a breast augmentation should take is to go to a first visit with the Plastic Surgery team. During this visit, your physical and emotional situation will be assessed, and you will be informed about possible treatments.

On the first visit it is very important to listen to the patient to know what she is concerned about and what she intends to achieve with the surgery.Only in this way can we fully understand her expectations and thus be able to offer her a solution that fulfils her wishes.

A clinical examination will be performed after completing the medical history to determine the type of breast and skin. A volume test will be done to help the woman decide on the approximate size she wants to get.

The surgical technique will be determined based on the type of breast and skin. The incision is small and is usually made under the chest, around the areola or axilla.

Safety and types of implants

More than 60 years have gone by since the first breast implants began to be used. Currently, there are many types of implants available with different shapes, consistencies, textures, and content. During the consultation, we will advise and guide you on the characteristics of the prostheses. Every year, thousands of women undergo this operation, without having any type of complication.

However, you must be perfectly familiar with the pros and cons of the surgery and the staff must also explain all the complications that it can entail.

Make sure that all your questions have been answered and that you have understood everything perfectly.

FAQ about implants

What are the best breast prostheses?

We only use prostheses approved by the American FDA and we recommend state-of-the-art anatomical or round silicone cohesive prostheses from top brands. This will guarantee that the risk of implant breakage is less than 1%.

Is there a possibility of augmenting the breast without the prostheses weighing so much?

Yes, there are new breast prostheses that are 30% lighter than equivalent silicone prostheses. These breast implants combine clinically proven materials in an innovative and safe way, providing breasts with a natural look and feel with minimal weight.

Are there different types of prosthetics?

There are different materials, such as silicone cohesive gel and saline solution. In addition, they exist in different shapes(round and anatomical with a drop shape), and with different surfaces(smooth and textured). Today, there is a wide range of prostheses available which allows us to individually choose custom prostheses.

Where are the prostheses placed?

They can be placed under the pectoral muscle, or under the mammary or subfascial gland, depending on the thickness of the breast tissue and the quality of the patient’s skin.

When should I change the silicone prostheses?

Implants are not everlasting devices, so they may need to be replaced at some point in your life. The time they last varies according to each woman.

Some women require implant replacement surgery within a few years, while others may take 10 to 20 years. They must be changed in the event of breakage, leakage, significant contracture, or wear.

How do I check the condition of my breast prostheses?

Women with implants can perform breast control like other women and perform ultrasound and mammography. When you have a mammogram, you must tell the technician that you have a prosthesis so that they can perform the mammogram correctly by performing what we call the “Eklund maneuver”, which ensures that you can visualize all the breast tissue. Therefore, it is necessary to carry out the mammography at a center with qualified personnel.

Ultrasonography can be useful to assess the integrity of the implants, but the best test to determine their status is magnetic resonance imaging.

Natural breast augmentation

More and more women want to increase their breasts in a more natural way. If you are looking for a discreet and natural breast augmentation – it is possible today. For this, we can use the fat obtained from other parts of the body, anatomical implants, or the combination of both procedures – “composite breast augmentation”.

The size and shape of the implant is crucial for obtaining results that look natural. This will be explained before the operation. In the case of choosing fat transfer or lipofilling, we do not use implants, and the final result is more discreet in terms of the volume we can achieve.

“Composite breast augmentation” combines the use of anatomical prostheses and your own fat to achieve a very satisfactory result.

Frequently asked questions about breast augmentation

How should I prepare for the procedure?

Avoid certain medications that can complicate surgery or your recovery. It is advisable to stop smoking for some time before and after the procedure.

Where is this procedureperformed?

Breast augmentation should be performedat a clinic or hospital and you should stay there overnight. On rare occasions, this procedure is performed under local anesthesia and sedation, although it is most commonly performed under general anesthesia. In both cases, you will be asleep, and you will not feel any pain. You may be given a bandage at the end of the operation before leaving the operating room.

What do I need to know about the results?

Most women who have undergone this procedure are satisfied with the results. They like their new image and, seeing that they have a more stylized figure, want to wear other clothes. It gives many women more self-confidence.

Although the results of the procedure last for years, do not forget that the breasts are not immune to the passage of time or to changes in weight.

What scars are left after breast augmentation?

The scar site is always planned in a discreet location. The most common and safest is the lower breast fold. Alternative incisions are the periareolar route around the nipple or, less frequently, the axillary route. In any of the possible approaches, the incision is minimal and very discreet.

What bra can I use?

For the first four weeks, you should wear a sports bra without underwire 24 hours a day.

How soon will I recover from a breast augmentation?

In the postoperative period, dressing changes will be combined with the rehabilitation program run by our physiotherapists to reduce inflammation, speed recovery, and minimize scarring. During follow-up, your progress will be assessed to ensure that you are progressing correctly. Our physiotherapy team will perform techniques that they have developed to reduce the appearance of scars. Although each person evolves differently, in general terms recovery will include the following steps:

One week after the procedure, you can shower and return to work, provided it is a quiet and sedentary job. After several weeks of the procedure, the inflammation will have gone down, and you will start to see the final results. You will be able to start exercising and move your arms freely when directed by your doctor. The average time to fully resume your activities is usually four to six weeks.

Can you breastfeed after breast augmentation?

Yes. Breast augmentation surgery, in general, does not affect lactation capacity. However, in some women, especially when a periareolar approach has been performed, it can interfere with the ability to breastfeed.

Can I get a mammogram while wearing a breast prosthesis?

Yes. When you have a mammogram, you must advise the staff that you have a prosthesis so that they can perform the mammogram correctly, performing what we call the “Eklund maneuver” which ensures that they can visualize all the breast tissue. Therefore, it is necessary to perform mammography at a center with qualified personnel.

Can I continue practicing sports normally after breast augmentation?

Yes. Once you are discharged from surgery you will not have any impediment to doing sports.