Breast Augmentation


Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, also known as “boob job” by many, is a surgical procedure designed to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. Let’s delve into breast augmentation – its types, how it is performed, what to expect before and after the procedure, risks associated with breast augmentation.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure aimed at enhancing the size, shape, or fullness of a person’s breasts. This is typically achieved by placing breast implants or performing fat transfer breast augmentation.

Why Is It Done?

Breast augmentation may be pursued for various reasons:

    • To enhance body proportions and achieve a balanced figure.
    • To restore the lost volume of the breasts. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, or aging can lead to a loss of breast volume. 
    • To boost one’s self-esteem or body confidence.
    • To address asymmetry of the breasts.

Types Of Breast Augmentation

There are two main types of breast augmentation: breast implants and fat transfer breast augmentation.

Breast Implants

Breast implants are the most common type of breast augmentation. They are filled with either silicone gel or saline solution and are surgically placed behind the breast tissue or beneath the chest muscle. The choice of implants should be determined through consultations with your experienced plastic surgeon.

Types Of Breast Implants

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Breast Implants
    • Silicone Gel-Filled Implants: Filled with cohesive silicone gel, these implants are renowned for their natural feel and appearance. Silicone gel implants are available in various profiles and shapes.
    • Saline-Filled Implants: Filled with sterile saline solution, these implants offer flexibility in size adjustments during the surgery. They are inserted while empty, resulting in smaller incisions. 

Breast Implant Shapes

round shape breast implant

Round Implants: These implants are symmetrical and provide fullness evenly across the breast. They are popular for creating a more augmented and lifted appearance.

teardrop shape breast implant

Teardrop (Anatomical) Implants: Designed to mimic the natural shape of the breast, teardrop implants have a sloped contour with more fullness at the bottom. They offer a subtle and tapered look.

Breast Implant Placements

subglandular implant

Subglandular Placement: In this technique, implants are positioned behind the breast tissue but above the chest muscle. Recovery may be quicker, but the edges of the implant might be more visible.

submuscular implant

Submuscular Placement: Implants are placed beneath the chest muscle (pectoralis major). This approach offers a more natural appearance, reduced risk of complications, and better coverage for thin individuals.

Breast Implant Incision Locations

breast implant incision
    • Inframmary or underneath the breasts: This allows for direct access and precise implant placement.
    • Periareolar or around the edge of the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple): Scarring can be well-concealed along the natural border of the areola.
    • Armpit (Transaxillary): This technique offers the advantage of avoiding any scars on the breast itself, but it may limit the surgeon’s precision in placement.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Instead of using implants, fat transfer breast augmentation involves harvesting excess fat from one area of the body (such as the abdomen or thighs), purifying it, and then injecting it into the breasts. It provides a more subtle increase in size and a natural feel.

How To Prepare Before A Breast Augmentation Procedure

Before a breast augmentation surgery, a thorough consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon will be scheduled. During this consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your goals, expectations, and any concerns you might have. Your surgeon will also review your medical history, including pre-existing conditions, medications, and allergies, to assess your suitability for the procedure.

You may be prohibited from smoking in advance of the surgery. Adjustments or temporary discontinuation of some medications may also be recommended. Additionally, specific laboratory tests or medical evaluations might be requested by your surgeon. Maintaining good hygiene and following any specific skin care recommendations is also important before a breast augmentation procedure.

What To Expect After A Breast Augmentation Procedure

In the initial hours and days following the procedure, it is common to experience some discomfort, swelling, and possibly mild pain. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort. Swelling is a natural response to surgery and should gradually subside over the coming weeks. Bruising may also be present but will fade over time.

It is also important to avoid strenuous activities the following weeks after the surgery. Your surgeon will likely recommend wearing a supportive bra to aid in the healing process and provide comfort. It’s crucial to follow all post-operative care instructions, which might include cleaning the incision sites, changing dressings, and taking any prescribed medications as directed. Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and to address any concerns.

As your recovery progresses, you can gradually resume normal activities as advised by your surgeon. It is important to note that each individual’s recovery process is unique, and it’s crucial to follow your surgeon’s guidance and recommendations for the best possible outcome.

Risks Of Breast Augmentation

Some of the possible risks of breast augmentation procedure are:

    • Infections.
    • Scar tissue forming around the implant.
    • Rupture or leakage of the implant.
    • Changes in sensation.
    • Persistent pain or discomfort in the breasts.
    • Hematoma (blood pooling) or seroma (fluid accumulation) around the implant.
    • Visible scarring.
    • The US FDA reports a risk of rare breast implant-associated cancers – anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) and squamous cell carcinoma (BIA-SCC)

It is important to note that a thorough consultation is essential for discussing these risks, understanding the procedure’s potential outcomes, and making an informed decision about breast augmentation

Cost Of Breast Augmentation

The cost of breast augmentation may vary depending on the type of breast augmentation procedure and the location. It may range from S$3,000 and above in Thailand, S$3,300 and above in Malaysia and S$11,000 in Singapore. For a more comprehensive cost comparison of breast augmentation, read this Health365 Aesthetic article.

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