Breast augmentation is a relatively short-term surgical procedure that is performed under general anaesthesia. Mentor-brand implants, or breast prostheses, are inserted diagonally behind or in front of your pectoral muscle. The exact location of the prostheses will be discussed with you during the consultation with the treating physician. The incisions made to insert the implants are made as much as possible in skin folds under the breast. Upon placement of the prostheses, the skin is sutured and the procedure is completed.
The procedure takes place under general anaesthesia, which means that you will not feel anything. However, pain may occur once the anaesthetic has worn off. How you will experience this, varies per person. Some people have lower pain thresholds than others. Depending on the placement of the breast prostheses, the pain symptoms with regard to placement behind the so-called gland tissue are many times more severe than when the implant is placed behind the chest muscle. Because you stay overnight in the clinic, you can indicate the degree of pain you experience. After your discharge, you can use acetaminophen to combat pain.
Plastic surgeons use different types of prostheses. These are the so-called round and anatomically shaped prostheses. Both prostheses are shown during the consultation and the doctor discusses which type of prosthesis is most suitable for you. This depends, among other things, on the shape of your breasts. Anatomically shaped prostheses give more volume at the bottom, while the round breast prosthesis gives the entire breast more volume.
During the consultation with the plastic surgeon, which precedes breast augmentation, your expectations will be discussed. The surgeon will indicate to what extent this expectation can be realised, taking into account, among other things, the glandular tissue present, your skin structure and your physique. A customised treatment plan is then compiled.
It is normal for your breasts and/or nipples to be less sensitive or more sensitive than usual after the procedure. This usually takes up to several weeks or months. The normal feeling usually returns gradually.
Breastfeeding after breast augmentation is usually not a problem. As a result of stretching the skin of the breasts during pregnancy, the shape, however, may become less attractive. For most women who have had a breast augmentation, and then go through a pregnancy, find that the breasts later resume their original form. Occasionally a new correction may be desirable.
No, plastic surgeons advise not to exercise during the first six weeks after the procedure.
Give your body time to recover. Most women undergoing breast augmentation can resume most daily activities after two weeks. This is largely determined by the nature of the work you perform. Light physical work can often be resumed sooner than heavy efforts such as heavy lifting. The plastic surgeon will discuss with you the period within which you can expect to return to work. You can usually lift carefully again after 4 weeks.
Yes. The plastic surgeon will give advice on wearing a sports bra. For a quick recovery, it is important to wear the bra day and night. The surgeon will discuss with you how long you will need to wear the bra.
Negative media coverage, in particular about unsafe silicone implants, has led to doubts about the safety of the procedure. However, if the procedure is performed by a skilled, experienced plastic surgeon in a fully-equipped clinic, then it is a safe operation. The Dutch Clinic works with professional, qualified surgeons. The procedure is performed with FDA approved implants that have the CE mark.
The operation usually takes approximately one and a half hours. You will stay overnight in the hospital following the procedure.
Every medical surgery involves potential complications. General complications are post-bleeding, inflammation, pain and capsular formation. Often the symptoms subside automatically. The feeling in the breasts and nipples can be different than before the procedure. The feeling improves again in the weeks and months after the procedure. If you suffer from long-term complaints or other complications after breast augmentation, contact the plastic surgeon.
After the procedure, a membrane, the capsule, forms around the inserted prosthesis. Capsular formation is a normal, natural body reaction to the introduction of foreign material.
The biggest difference is that capsule formation is a normal physical phenomenon, while capsule contraction is a complication resulting from breast augmentation. Women who experience capsule contraction must have the inserted prostheses removed or replaced. Another operation must be then be performed.
Do you have a medical indication? Then there is a real chance that the costs of the operation will be reimbursed. Without a medical indication, your health insurer will not become involved and the costs will therefore not be reimbursed.
You will receive a personalised treatment plan from us. This plan is thorough, and will also contain a detailed quote. The plastic surgeon will explain both the procedure and the costs during the introductory interview.
The Netherlands has a number of lenders specialising in cosmetic surgery. The options depend on your financial situation and your possible credit history. Note that taking out a loan makes the cost of a breast augmentation more expensive. This is partly due to interest costs.