BREAST ENLARGEMENT

WHAT IS A BREAST ENLARGEMENT?

Breast Augmentation and enlargement is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. There are many ways in which one can enhance a natural cleavage, however, the only real way to create significantly enlarged breasts is through inserting a prosthesis or breast implant.

The purpose of the breast implant is to push your own breast tissue up and outwards, resulting in a natural look, feel and behaviour of the breast. Implants come in various shapes, sizes and materials. The breast augmentation surgeon will discuss with you the most suitable shape and size for you. It is important to take into consideration your personal expectations as well as your current breast and body shape.

The breast consist primarily of milk ducts and glands, surrounded by fatty (adipose) tissue that determines its size, shape and feel. The shape also depends on the elasticity of the skin. Behind the breast lies the pectoralis major muscle. Legend: 1. Fatty tissue / 2. Glandular tissue / 3. Pectoralis major muscle / 4. Milk ducts / 5. Ribs

People choose to have breast enlargement surgery for various reasons, which are personal and individual to each person.

 

Here are some common motivations for undergoing breast enlargement:

  1. Desire for increased breast size: Many individuals seek breast enlargement because they desire larger breasts. They may feel self-conscious about their naturally small breast size or wish to achieve a more proportionate and balanced figure.

  2. Enhancing breast shape and contour: Breast enlargement surgery can also be performed to enhance the shape and contour of the breasts. Some individuals may have naturally asymmetrical or uneven breasts and seek correction through breast implants to achieve better symmetry.

  3. Restoring breast volume after weight loss or pregnancy: Significant weight loss or pregnancy and breastfeeding can result in a loss of breast volume. Breast enlargement surgery can help restore breast fullness and shape, helping individuals regain their pre-weight loss or pre-pregnancy appearance.

  4. Boosting self-confidence and body image: For many individuals, breast enlargement surgery can have a positive impact on self-esteem and body image. Feeling more confident about their appearance can enhance overall well-being and quality of life.

  5. Reconstructive purposes: Breast enlargement surgery is sometimes performed as part of breast reconstruction following mastectomy or breast deformities. It can help restore breast shape and volume after the removal of breast tissue.

Determining suitability for breast enlargement surgery, also known as breast augmentation, is a process that involves an assessment by a qualified plastic surgeon. While each person’s circumstances are unique, here are some factors that are generally considered when determining suitability for breast enlargement:

 

  1. Good overall health: Being in good general health is important for undergoing any surgical procedure, including breast enlargement. The surgeon will evaluate your medical history and conduct a thorough physical examination to ensure you are fit for surgery.

  2. Fully developed breasts: Breast enlargement surgery is typically performed on individuals whose breasts have fully developed. It is recommended to wait until the breasts have reached their full maturity, which is usually around the age of 18 or older.

  3. Realistic expectations: It is important to have realistic expectations about the outcomes of breast enlargement surgery. The surgeon will discuss the potential results with you and ensure that your expectations align with what can realistically be achieved.

  4. Psychological well-being: A person’s mental and emotional well-being is an important consideration. Candidates for breast enlargement surgery should have a stable psychological state and a positive body image. The surgeon may assess your psychological readiness for the procedure during the consultation process.

  5. Clear understanding of the procedure: Before undergoing breast enlargement surgery, it is important to have a clear understanding of the procedure, potential risks, and the recovery process. The surgeon will provide detailed information and address any questions or concerns you may have.

  6. Breast asymmetry or deformities: Breast enlargement surgery can also be suitable for individuals with breast asymmetry or certain breast deformities. The surgeon will assess your specific condition and discuss the options available to achieve a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

When it comes to breast enlargement, there are several options to consider. Here are the primary options available:

    1. Implant types: The two main types of breast implants used for breast enlargement are saline implants and silicone implants. Saline implants are filled with a sterile saline solution, while silicone implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel. Each type has its advantages and considerations, and the choice depends on factors such as personal preference, desired outcome, and individual circumstances. Your plastic surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of each implant type to help you make an informed decision.

    2. Implant size and shape: Breast implants come in various sizes and shapes. The size of the implant is typically measured in cubic centimeters (cc) and corresponds to the volume it holds. The shape can be round or teardrop (anatomical). The choice of implant size and shape depends on factors such as your body proportions, desired outcome, existing breast tissue, and the recommendations of your plastic surgeon.

    3. Incision placement: Breast enlargement surgery involves making incisions to insert the implants. The incision can be made in different locations, including under the breast crease (inframammary), around the areola (periareolar), or in the armpit (transaxillary). The choice of incision placement depends on factors such as the type of implant, desired outcome, and individual anatomy. Your plastic surgeon will discuss the incision options with you and recommend the most suitable one for your case.

    4. Implant placement: Breast implants can be placed either under the chest muscle (submuscular) or directly behind the breast tissue (subglandular). The optimal placement depends on factors such as the amount of existing breast tissue, your body proportions, and the recommendations of your plastic surgeon. Each placement option has its benefits and considerations, which will be discussed during your consultation.

    5. Combination procedures: In some cases, breast enlargement may be combined with other procedures to achieve desired results. For example, if you have breast sagging, a breast lift (mastopexy) can be performed along with breast enlargement to lift and reshape the breasts.

FAQS

The duration of breast enlargement surgery varies depending on individual factors and the specific details of the procedure. Typically, the surgery takes around 1 to 2 hours to complete.

Yes, breast enlargement surgery will result in some scarring. The extent and visibility of the scars will depend on factors such as the incision technique used and individual healing abilities. Plastic surgeons make efforts to place incisions in inconspicuous locations to minimize the visibility of scars.

Breast implants do not necessarily prevent breastfeeding, but they can potentially interfere with milk production or flow. Some women with breast implants are able to breastfeed successfully, while others may experience difficulties. It’s important to discuss your plans for breastfeeding with your surgeon during the consultation.

Recovery time can vary, but most individuals can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for the first few days to weeks after surgery. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage any discomfort. You will be advised to avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and certain movements during the initial healing period. It’s essential to follow the post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon and attend scheduled follow-up appointments.

Breast implants are not considered lifetime devices, and their lifespan can vary. While some implants can last for many years, it is generally recommended to monitor them regularly and be aware that they may need to be replaced or removed at some point in the future due to natural wear and tear or other reasons. Your surgeon will discuss the longevity of breast implants and any potential considerations with you.

Breast implants have been extensively studied and are considered safe. However, like any medical procedure, breast enlargement surgery carries potential risks and complications. These can include infection, bleeding, scarring, implant rupture, capsular contracture (hardening of the tissue around the implant), changes in nipple or breast sensation, and asymmetry. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you in detail during the consultation.

The immediate results of breast enlargement surgery may not represent the final outcome. It takes time for swelling to subside and the breasts to settle into their new shape. You can expect to see the final results within a few months as the healing process progresses.

Breast enlargement surgery alone is not designed to correct significant breast sagging. If you have sagging breasts along with a desire for increased volume, your surgeon may recommend combining breast enlargement with a breast lift procedure (mastopexy) to achieve the desired outcome.

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