Most patients would like well-formed breasts, which are cohesive with their bodies and therefore look natural. You would prefer to take only a few days of vacation due to the breast enlargement procedure, and to avoid any unnecessary pain. The result should be disability-free, with no impairment of normal arm movement. The operation should be completed with as few risks as possible. You expect healthy healing after the surgery, with discreet scars (if any). You expect excellent results from high-quality silicone implants, and a surgery performed without general anesthesia. You prefer to work with a highly-skilled and friendly group.
At the Medícal Well Clinic Dresden, we have developed an approach with which every one of these desires can be met.
We proceed by:
We proceed by:
The investigation and questioning of the patient, as well as having the patient trying on dífferent sizes of imitation breasts to help provide insight to both the patient and surgeon as to what the proper size of implant will be. At the time of surgery, we have neighboring sizes of implants available (at least six implants per patient) for optimal patient selection. Most implants we use are between 240-310 ml. Other sizes are available. The position of the implant between the breast and the large pectoral muscle allows the surgeon the freedom of all necessary positioning for a well-formed and natural-looking female breast.
Implant positioning above the pectoral muscle
The operation associated with our specific procedure (see below) has such a low risk of injury and such mild postoperative pain that most patients require only mild painkillers for a day or two. Following this surgery, 15% of our patients return to work the following day, and approximately 95% return to work within a week of the procedure. This is only possible if the large chest muscle is not partially separated from the rib and the sternum, keeping the implant above the large breast muscle. The pectoral muscle naturally has a "compartment" which can be easily expanded to accommodate the implant with the use of Tumescent Local Anesthetic. Using this method, no structures have been injured that would later cause severe pain. This modern local anesthetic helps to inhibit bleeding during surgery. lt also prevents the pain which usually appears immediately following the operation. Tumescent local anesthesia lowers subsequent pain and makes general anesthesia unnecessary. Bacteria find the tumescent-created environment uncomfortable, thereby supplementary reducing the risk of infection.
lf the implant is placed, in part, under the chest muscle, a separation of the pectoralis major
muscle (pectoralis major) from the rib and partially from the sternum is required. This causes more severe paín, that lasts much longer (sometimes for months) than our preferred method of above-muscle placement. This longer-term pain delays the return to work and normal life activitíes. Additionally, this approach is associated with a loss of strength and a limitation of fine motor coordination of both arms, ln many such operated patients, there is a curvature (bulging) of the upper outer breast tissue for at least the first few months after surgery. Only years later, after the implant settles deeper under the tissue and has no more contact with the pectoral muscle (under which it was once set), does the breast feel better. One wonders why the injury during the under-the-muscle operation has to be so great. We have a series of photos with which one can understand these claims. Moreover, under-the-muscle placement may lead to the peculiar "double bubble" formation which occurs when the intact remainder of the pectoralis major muscle contracts and pushes the implant down (towards the feet). Due to the implant's placement below the chest muscle, the "snoopy nose" deformity can also occur and the result is unattractive.
We understand that patients do not expect such phenomenon ("double bubble" and "snoopy
nose") and pain. Therefore, we place the implant under the gland and gently on the pectoralis major muscle. A few years ago, only about 20% of breast augmentation operations in Germany were performed this way. Today, it is closer to 50%. The trend shows that we are right.
Various measures can be used to reduce risk during surgery.
The advantage of tumescent local anesthesia
Unfortunately most breast augmentations are still performed under general anesthesia. Using a special local anesthesia in this operation, ín our practice, has shown to increase benefits and reduce drawbacks. Some of the benefits were previously mentioned above. lt is noteworthy that patients having this operation would not enter the risky world of general anesthesia under our care. We have drawn the conclusion: it is safer and healthier for our patients to perform breast augmentation without general anesthesia.
lnfections should be avoided
lnfections are not only evidenced by fever, warming of the chest, and festering wounds. So called "water bubbles" or gatherings, and just about any wound that does not immediately heal/close should be seen as signs of infection. Circulatory disorders (smoking or surgical technique) can promote infections. ln our clinic, special antiseptic intraoperative measures make ínfections almost impossible. Simultaneously with the antiseptic principle in the MedicalWell Clinic Dresden (proven by scientific studies), improved blood flow and supportive metabolic changes in the wound area are achieved, which leads to accelerated wound healing. In the absence of germs scarring is reduced. Antibiotics are always avoided, wound healing thereby not disturbed.
All living organisms (excluding bacteria) have a similar defensive system which made possible the emergence of higher developed life after the microbes. This system we complement (and replace if necessary) with our antiseptic concept. As a result since opening the MedicalWell Clinic Dresden (July 2002), we have never had a patient suffer a postoperative wound infection. Guest doctors are impressed by the clean incisions after all the operations, in each stage of healing (see link ).