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All medical devices carry a degree of risk however, since 1992 the Institute of Medicine of the Academy of Sciences has declared the implantation of ‘silicone’ breast implants to be safe.

The pain associated with breast implant surgery depends upon which specific surgery you choose to undertake, whether you choose submuscular or subglandular placement and your individual reaction to the surgery. Generally, post-surgical swelling is to be expected, as well as some pain and discomfort, which can be managed with pain relief medicine.

The procedure is routinely performed under general anesthesia and will last last a few hours depending on the extent of the breast reconstruction surgery. To ensure the highest standard of personalised patient care, you will be required to spend the appropriate time before and after the surgery within the clinic/ hospital, allowing time for pre-operative procedures and post-operative care.

The extent of the surgery will determine the length of stay in the hospital, but you are likely to be discharged within a day or two following the surgery, depending on your general health and your surgeon’s preferences. It is recommended that you arrange for someone to drive you to the clinic/hospital and pick you up upon discharge.

Women of childbearing age should know that they may not be able to breastfeed after breast reconstruction. Some women who undergo breast reconstruction can successfully breastfeed and some cannot. It is important to discuss the options of breastfeeding with your surgeon prior to your operation.*

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