Young adults or middle aged people opt for it entirely for cosmetic reasons.
Performed under general anaesthesia, but can be done under local anaesthesia also.
The aim of surgery is to make the breast look bigger in size by mammary prosthesis (artificial material made of silicone) Alternatively natural and own body tissues are used. In the later the tissues have to be obtained form other sites like chest wall, back or abdomen.
Scars are either in the darker area of areola or below the breast fold and almost invisible.
Hospitalization generally is for a day. Mammoplasty does not interfere with milk secretion as the material is placed under the breast tissue.
Pain is minimal after surgery.
Heaviness is expected till the patient gets used to the same. Occasionally fluid discharge may be noticed and one should not get alarmed about it. The silicone might become slightly hard over a period of years in some but usually mimics the feel of normal breast. Among the silicone prosthesis there are two varieties -one gel filled and the other saline filled- the later being slightly superior!
Fever or discharge or gaping of the wound, if any, should be immediately brought to the notice of the surgeon. Antibiotics or an occasional suture to the gape may be rarely required. Complete extrusion or removal is rare in a case of gross infection.
There is mention of increase incidence of carcinoma in the media and it is usually an apprehension rather than of any statistical significance.