What is Breast Augmentation?
Mammoplasty or breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to increase breast size. During the procedure breast implants are placed under the chest muscles or breast tissue. Breast augmentation can be done for many different reasons which include increasing the size for aesthetic preferences or rebuilding the breast for various health conditions.
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.
Bread augmentation has an additional option which is autologous fat transfer, a process where your surgeon 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.
Breast augmentation is done by placing implants behind the breast tissue or under the chest muscle. An implant is a sac filled with either sterile salt water (saline) or a material called silicone. Most women receive general anesthesia for this surgery. You will be asleep and pain-free.
Breast augmentation patients can choose between saline implants and silicone implants. Choosing the type of implant typically comes down to personal opinion and the surgeon’s opinion.
- Saline-filled breast implants
- Structured saline-filled breast
- Silicone gel-filled breast implants.
- Cohesive gel silicone gel-filled breast implants, also known as “gummy bear” or “form stable” implants
- Autologous fat transfer
When to consider Breast Augmentation
Women choose to augment their breast size for a wide variety of reasons. Though some women may have macromastia, a condition that causes underdeveloped breasts after puberty, others simply have small breasts due to genetics. Many women who have recently lost a lot of weight may have smaller breasts than before. Having breast augmentation is common to restore the body’s appearance after pregnancy. Additionally, women who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their breasts may struggle with self-esteem and self-confidence. So, breast augmentation is a solution for them.
Who is an appropriate candidate?
In general, you should be in good physical health. This means no active infections, untreated cancer, or serious illnesses. If your breasts are sagging, flattened, elongated, asymmetrical, or lacking adequate cleavage or volume, there is a good chance that you’re an excellent candidate for this surgery. Most surgeons prefer that you do not smoke or consume significant amounts of alcohol.