Breast augmentation sometimes referred to as a breast aug by patients, involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of the breasts. This procedure can also restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, achieve a more rounded breast shape or improve natural breast size asymmetry
Breast augmentation is also referred as augmentation mammoplasty. When fat from another part of the patient's body is used to create the improved breast volume, the procedure is referred to as fat transfer breast augmentation.
Candidates for surgery
Breast augmentation is a deeply personal procedure, and it's important that you're doing it for yourself and not for someone else, even if that person has offered to pay for it. Patient satisfaction is high, specifically when they want the procedure themselves.
You may be a candidate for breast augmentation if:
‣ You are physically healthy and you aren't pregnant or breastfeeding
‣ You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small
‣ You are dissatisfied with your breasts losing shape and volume after pregnancy, weight loss or with aging
‣ You are unhappy with the upper part of your breast appearing "empty"
‣ Your breasts are asymmetrical
‣ One or both breasts failed to develop normally or have an elongated shape
Types of breast implants
‣ 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
‣ Structured saline breast implants : Structured implants are filled with sterile salt water and contain an inner structure which aims to make the implant feel more natural
‣ Silicone breast implants :
Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel. The gel feels a bit more like natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant pocket. A leaking implant filled with silicone gel will not collapse.
‣ Gummy bear breast implants : Form-stable implants are sometimes referred to as gummy bear breast implants because they maintain their shape even when the implant shell is broken.
The first cuts open the skin to expose the breast tissue underneath. Then the implant pocket is formed by separating the breast tissue from supporting muscles and connective tissue. This pocket will be either in front of or behind the outer layer of muscle, depending on what you and your doctor have decided. Finally, the implant is put in place. This will either be an empty container that is filled with saline after insertion, or a fully-formed silicone gel implant, depending on what implant type you have selected
Once the implants are in place, you will be situated in an upright position so that the surgeon can make final adjustments to optimize breast symmetry. To finish up, all of the layers of tissue will be carefully stitched back together with sutures. Drains may also be used to help reduce swelling and discomfort during recovery.
Recovery from breast implant surgery
While breast augmentation patients can usually return home the same day, it will be necessary for someone else to provide transportation, as the drugs used for anesthesia take a while to fully wear off. Once you are home and in recovery mode, soreness, swelling, and bruising are to be expected but can be combated with pain medication and compression garments that provide extra support. Your surgeon will give you specifics regarding what to expect in your particular case, but it generally takes a few days or a couple weeks to fully recover, depending on the volume of the implants and the kinds of incisions made, among other factors. You may also need to return to the surgeon at least one more time to have drains or sutures removed, or if you are having any issues with your recovery.