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Surgery Process Guide to Inframammary Breast Augmentation

“Although the inframammary approach to breast augmentation remains very popular, the length and visibility of its associated scar continue to be the main drawback of this technique.” – Pulsus Plastic Surgery Journal

This technique requires an incision to be made across the fold just underneath the breast, where it meets the wall of the chest. Breast tissue is lifted (in some cases the pectoral muscle will be lifted too) so that the silicone or saline implant can be fitted into position.

1.

You will be given a general anaesthetic.

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Your surgeon will make an incision across the breast, where the tissue meets the chest wall. This is to minimise scarring. 

3.

The breast tissue (and, sometimes the pectoral muscle) is lifted. This is so the implant can be inserted.

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Your surgeon will then fix the implant in position beneath both the nipples. 

5.

The incisions on each breast are then stitched.

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Complications / Negligence Signs
1.

Infection in the breast, resulting in the implant having to be taken out for the infection to be treated effectively. 

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Loss of sensation in the breast skin and nipple.

3.

A leaking implant. You may need to have it taken out. 

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Surgical Risks
1.

As this procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, there are several associated risks. However, these are extremely rare (typically, these risks will occur one case in every 10,000). 

Complications can include:

  • Anaphylaxis (a harmful reaction to the anaesthetic)
  • Inherited reaction to the anaesthetic
  • In extremely rare cases, death (approx. 1 death for every 100,000 general anaesthetics given).

These problems are more likely to occur if:

  • You are undergoing emergency surgery
  • You have other illnesses
  • You are a smoker
  • You are overweight

Your surgeon should talk you through these risks before your operation. 

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