Augmentation mammoplasty is the medical term for breast augmentation. It is also referred to as breast enhancement or breast enlargement. Breast augmentation can be performed to make smaller breasts appear larger, balance breasts that are asymmetrical or restore fullness that has diminished with age or as a result of pregnancy.
The breast enhancement process involves close communication and cooperation between patient and surgeon. Before breast implants are placed, many decisions must be made, including the type and size of the breast implant, where it will be placed, and the location of the incision.
If you are a healthy adult with a positive self-image, breast augmentation may be a good option for you. Discussing breast implants and breast augmentation may be the right way of answering any of your questions or addressing any concerns. The important thing is to make an informed decision that you feel confident about.
Type of anesthesia - performed under general anesthesia
This type of plastic surgery involves placing silicone breast implants either behind the breast tissue or beneath the chest muscle to add size, shape, and fullness to the breast.
In the vast majority of patients, the fat and glandular tissue can be removed by liposuction using specialized cannulas, as a result of which there is a practically minimal scar.
The incisions are made either below breast fold or in the nipple-areola complex so that the final scar is not visible. The appropriate tissue is lifted, and the breast implants are inserted in the pocket created, and the incision closed in layers.
After your surgery
Postoperative care: Most women can expect to return to work in a few days to a week. The compressive garment with a belt at the upper pole is advised to be worn for about three weeks. Exercise can typically be resumed two to three weeks following breast enlargement surgery.
Patient concerns: There have been concerns about the safety of breast implants in the past. Presently available data shows that breast implants do not lead to an increase in the incidence of breast cancer or autoimmune diseases.
Breast enlargement surgery should not affect a woman's ability to breastfeed.
Yes, there is an alternative to breast implants. This is Lipoinjection or fat grafting. Fat cells are harvested from one's own body by liposuction and are transplanted into the breast. The advantage of this procedure is that one's own autologous tissue is used and no foreign material (implant) is used. Also, it is a minimally invasive procedure with no perceptible scars. Hence it is more natural. But this may require 2-3 sessions at an interval of 6 months to get the desired result depending on the take of fat cells per procedure.