Reconstructive surgery after cancer or trauma is one of the wide range of surgical procedures offered by Mr Richard Karoo. Surgery is carried out at the top private hospitals in South Wales, all with excellent safety records and standards of care.

    Reasons for considering a breast augmentation

    • Enhance body shape if breasts are low volumes
    • Increase breast volume after pregnancy or significant weight loss
    • Equalize a difference in breast size (cup size) to gain breast symmetry

    General procedure

    Breast augmentation involves making a small incision on the chest wall to insert a breast implant into a space either behind the breast tissue, or behind the muscle on which the breast sits, in order to enlarge the volume. The best technique will be decided together between the patient and the surgeon during the consultation.

    The surgery is commonly performed as in inpatient procedure with an overnight stay to help ensure you are well and comfortable after your surgery and anaesthetic. Breast implants are typically composed of silicone gel encased in a silicone shell.  The contents of these implants are described as a cohesive gel, this means the consistency is more like a jelly rather than liquid.

    In some circumstances, particularly those requiring breast reconstruction an inflatable implant may be used to allow the surgeon to adjust the level of inflation to attain breast symmetry and balance. Surgery typically lasts from 1 to 2 hours.

    The recovery process

    Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Dressings are applied immediately at the time of surgery as well as a supportive bra which will need to be worn for several weeks. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with the surgery. This pain can be treated effectively with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimise potential problems by carefully following the directions given after surgery.

    Breast augmentation is of tremendous benefit to those patients who desire a fuller profile, who have lost breast volume due to pregnancy or weight loss and want to gain a more natural look again.

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