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a breast enlargement operation. Click the navigation arrows below the animation
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The procedure is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic.
This means you will be asleep during the operation and feel no pain.
Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, your surgeon will make cuts in the creases under
your breasts, around the areola, which is the dark skin around your nipple, or in the
armpits. Here we show the different cuts that may be
made. The implants will then be added to the breasts
through the cuts. Implants are usually made of elastic silicone
filled with silicone gel. The implant may be positioned between the
breast tissue and the chest muscle. Here we show the breast tissue, areola, nipple,
milk ducts, muscle, ribs and implant. Alternatively, the implant may be positioned
behind the chest muscle. Here we show the breast tissue, areola, nipple,
milk ducts, muscle, ribs and implant. Once the implants are placed correctly, the
cuts in the breasts are closed with stitches. Here we show the cut in the crease under each
breast being closed with stitches. Dissolvable stitches will disappear on their
own in 7 to 10 days. Non-dissolvable stitches are removed about
a week after surgery. Dressings will be placed over your stitches.
You will also need to wear a supportive dressing or bra.
Temporary drains may be left in place for up to 48 hours after the operation to allow
fluids and blood to drain away. This is the end of the animation.
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