Breast Augmentation (Enlargement)
Youthful breasts can have a significant effect on making you look younger and more attractive overall. At times, abnormally small breasts can be a cause of anxiety and depression amongst women from all over the world. Such women often suffer from lowered self-confidence and face adverse effects on their quality of life.
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular solutions to correct small breasts. This cosmetic breast surgery aims to increase the size and improve the shape of smaller-than-normal breasts through several methods. This surgery is also useful to restore the natural breast size and shape in women who are experiencing signs of aging and post-pregnancy in the form of sagging breasts. This is one of the most popular and commonly performed cosmetic breast surgery today.
Why is Breast Augmentation needed?
Breast augmentation is required in order to:
- Achieve a more attractive figure
- Get a better-proportioned upper body
- Wear fitting clothes confidently
- Restore natural breast size and shape after pregnancy or as age advances
- Restore proportion in asymmetrical breasts
The breast augmentation procedure will help you if you feel that your:
- Breasts are proportionately smaller to the rest of your body
- Smaller breast size is affecting her self-confidence and making you self-conscious
- Clothes that fit at the hip are abnormally lost on the chest
- Breasts have lost their volume and firmness after pregnancy
- Breasts seem smaller following a weight loss procedure
- One breast is noticeably smaller than the other
Overall good health, positive attitude and realistic expectations from the surgery results make you an ideal candidate for a breast augmentation procedure.
How is Breast Augmentation performed?
Breast augmentation is performed by a cosmetic surgeon. The surgeon will use a breast implant (synthetic filler or autologous fat transfer) to increase the size of the breasts. Although the exact steps for breast augmentation surgery may differ slightly according to the type of implant material being used the main aim of the surgery is to implant an artificial device or your own body fat to increase the size and shape of the breasts.
The surgery will require the surgeon to administer general anesthesia as it helps to avoid pain or discomfort to you during the surgical procedure. The surgery normally begins with the surgeon making the necessary incisions. Usually, the incisions are made under the crease of the lower breast which helps to avoid visible scarring excellently.
Once the incision is made, the surgeon will create a pocket between the chest muscles and the breast tissue. This pocket is meant to house the breast implant. The surgeon will decide whether the implant is to be placed above or below the pectoral (chest muscles).
Once the implant is in place the surgeon will close the incisions using fine sutures.
These are the several types of breast implants used today:
- Saline-filled breast implant – These breast implants are filled with sterile saline water. These can be pre-ordered in specific sizes or the surgeon can fill these to the required level just before the surgery in case minor modifications are required in its size and shape.
- Structured saline-filled breast implant – These implants contain a hard structure inside the shell along with the sterile saline water. This mimics the effects of the soft, elastic silicone gel implant effectively. The hard structure inside the shell allows the implant to retain its shape longer than conventional saline-filled breast implants.
- Silicone gel-filled breast implant – These are traditionally soft and elastic in nature. These come in a variety of sizes and shapes.
- Cohesive gel silicone gel-filled breast implant – This breast implant type is also known as ‘gummy bear’ implants (or ‘form-stable’ implants in some cases). These are designed with advanced technology and contain cross-linked silicone molecules which form a cohesive gel. This makes these implants more thick and firm than conventional gel-filled breast implants.
- Autologous fat transfer – This procedure involves removing fat from another part of your body using liposuction (small and powerful surgical vacuum method). This is usually sourced from the thighs, buttocks, hips or abdomen. Once the harvested fat is processed and refined the cosmetic surgeon uses fine long needed to inject this liquefied fat into the breast pocket.
What is recovery like after a Breast Augmentation surgery?
Discuss with the cosmetic surgeon about how long the recovery will take in your particular case as the rate of recovery differs from person to person. This will include the time required for bed rest and avoiding work and physical activities.
The surgeon will provide a detailed list of instructions to be followed for the post-surgical care of the implants as well as hasten the recovery process in a safe manner. The surgeon will also inform you about any symptoms that you might experience following the surgery as well as all about the potential risks and complications involved with this type of surgery.
Ensure that you undergo breast augmentation surgery with a well-trained and highly experienced cosmetic surgeon for longer-lasting and satisfactory results from the cosmetic surgical procedure.