breast augmentation is enhancing your breast size with either a breast implant or using your own fatty tissue
Sometimes, the breast is small in size compared to the mass of the body or is asymmetric, meaning that one is smaller than the other and wants to correct its symmetry.
There may also be losses in breast size due to age, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and breast cancer.
Such cases require a surgical procedure to enlarge and correct the breast, either using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of the breast.
breast augmentation surgery
Before the breast augmentation surgery, there will be a session with your doctor to examine your body proportions and discuss with you your expectations, then choose the appropriate procedure.
A breast lift may be required along with a breast augmentation for sagging breasts to look fuller and lifted.
Breast lifting can often be done at the same time as your augmentation or may require a separate operation. Your plastic surgeon will assist you in making this decision.
After that, the doctor performs some appropriate medical tests.
Breast augmentation surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and takes about 1,1.5 hours.
If the option for breast augmentation is fat transfer, here the surgeon simply removes some of your own fat, using liposuction, from a fat-yielding body part (such as your abdomen, thighs, or flanks) processes it, and then injects it into your breasts.
In breast augmentation using implants, your surgeon makes an incision, creates a pocket in the chest/breast area, and places an implant in the pocket.
The implant is placed in a pocket either:
Underneath the pectoral muscle, which is located between the breast tissue and chest wall.
Underneath the breast tissue and on top of the pectoral muscle.
An incision can be made in one of four places:
- Inframammary: Underneath the breast, just above the crease
- Transaxillary: Near the armpit, where the arm meets the chest area
- Periareolar: Around the lower edge of the areola (the dark area surrounding the nipple.)
- Transumbilical: in the navel.
You should wear a special medical bra through the recovery period and follow the doctor’s instructions. The results of breast augmentation are immediately visible
Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?
- you are in a good health
- I am not pregnant or breastfeeding
- Annoyed by the feeling that your breasts are too small
- Your breasts are asymmetrical
- One or both breasts fail to develop normally
- The upper part of your chest looks empty
What types of breast implants are available?
Saline breast implants
Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. Should the implant shell leak, a saline implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body.
and are FDA-approved for augmentation in women age 18 or older.
Structured saline breast implants
The implants are filled with sterile saline and have a structure that makes them look more natural
Silicone breast implants
The breast is filled with silicone gel somewhat similar to natural breast tissue, it is recommended to make breast implants in women who are 22 years or older
Gummy bear breast implants
Gummy bear breast implants have more bumps on the bottom and tapered upwards.
Round breast implants
Breast implants tend to make the breast appear larger and fuller.
Smooth breast implants
Smooth breast implants give a soft feeling
Textured breast implants
Textured breast implants develop scar tissue to stick to the implant making it less likely to move inside the breast and be repositioned.
breast augmentation risks
- Anaesthesia risks
- Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation
- Poor scarring
- Wrinkling of the skin over the implant
How much does breast augmentation cost?
The prices of breast augmentation differ from one patient to another, as the technique used and the areas to be suctioned play a big role in the price, and the prices of surgery may vary if combined with other surgeries.
How long does breast augmentation last for?
Breast implants do not last forever, but they usually last for more than 20 years.
Is breast augmentation painful?
Feeling pain in the first week is normal, the pain will gradually disappear after the second week
What age is best for breast augmentation?
We advise teens to wait until they are at least 18 years old to get breast implants
What's the difference between breast implants and breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation uses implants to achieve the desired shape while implants are the mechanism used