Breast Augmentation – Q&A with Dr Maurizio Viel – Dubai
Breast augmentation is one of the most common surgeries in the world. It still remains one of Dr Maurizio’s specialities which is to create natural looking breasts which in essence is what the majority of women want. We spend the day with Dr Maurizio asking him a few questions about the procedure.
Q: Who are people seeking this type of procedure?
Well, a large variety of women come to seek the procedure. Some are mothers who have lost breast volume after having children, and others are small-chested, and the augmentation can put the body into proportion giving them more confidence. It is a myth that all breast augmentation will look like certain celebrities. We often notice blatant work, and sometimes these patients desire these large implants but that would be only 10% of our patients. Most patients wish to enhance their breasts, to boost their confidence, and rarely do they discuss it openly. One patient told me that after her procedure, she was surprised when she mentioned that she had done a breast augmentation how many other women confessed the same thing – she felt she had stumbled on a secret society. Then, there are patients who are mums, and they don’t necessarily want to increase volume but to return to the original cup sizes to regain their youthful shape.
Q: What does a Breast Augmentation procedure entail?
The breast augmentation procedure takes about 1 hour under sedation, and is a day-case with patients returning home the same day. Patients can return home 3 – 4 hours after the procedure. The implant is placed on top of the muscle which is a less painful procedure, leading to a quicker recovery time, whilst giving a natural shape.
Q: What implants are used?
We only use an advance, high quality implant made with cohesive silicon. If the silicon is cut in half, the silicon will remain it its casing. Some of the manufacturers provide lifetime warranties. In the past, if old implants ruptured, this would cause the silicon to leak into the breast tissue.
Q: What is SEDATION? Why is it different to general anaesthesia?
Sedation is mid-point between local and general anaesthesia. You are not alseep like general anaesthesia, but you will blissfully be unaware of the procedure. For as long as the anaesthetist is intravenously giving this sedation you will be alseep, and he is able to lighten or deepen this sedation according to the procedure.
Q: What is the recovery like?
Patients will have to wear a dressing for 1 week, and most patients return to work after 3 -4 days whilst wearing a sports bra for the first 3 weeks. The stitches are placed under the skin and are removed after 2 weeks, and you can begin some lower body exercise after 2 weeks and with upper body after 4 weeks, and resume normal activities after 6 weeks.
Q: If you have young children, can I carry them straight away?
After 2 days, you can carry your children, and start driving again but with some care not to strain yourself.
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