Breast enhancement procedures are opted for beauty intensification and augmenting the body contours for aesthetic or medical reasons. Women worldwide mostly adopt such ‘breast jobs’ for enhancing their looks. Also known as augmentation mammoplasty, breast augmentation involves taking fat from another part of the body and placing it on the breasts for increasing the shape and size of the breasts. Another method for enhancement is to use breast implants
The procedure makes the breasts fuller in volume, and more projecting, while changing the contours of the area. In some cases, this process is adopted as part of the reconstruction of the breasts, if the original breast/s were removed due to mastectomy. In certain other cases, physicians suggest breast implants depending on the body type, health, and need of the patient. These breast implants can be silicone-based or involve other materials like saline implants, gummy bear implants, or textured implants.
The procedure of fat transfer or implant placement is quite similar to buttock augmentation.
- General anesthesia is administered before the surgery.
- Depending on the process, the physician may make an incision that can be periareolar, inframammary, or axillary.
- The implants are placed either under the pectoral muscle or behind the breast tissue over the pectoral muscle, depending on the type of implants chosen.
- Once this process is complete, the incisions are sutured.
The patient can be discharged on the same day. Recovery from the surgery or any pain or bleeding (if any) may take a few days. In some cases, there will be swelling, which will subside in a few weeks. Surgery incision lines will disappear over some time. The results of the augmentation are visible soon. Patients who have undergone breast augmentation procedures can get back to normal life and resume normal work or even exercises, based on the pace of recovery and as advised by the surgeon.
Dr. Paolo Iannitelli
Specialist Plastic Surgeon
How often do you have to redo the breast implants?
It is recommended to replace breast silicone or saline-filled breast implants after 10 years. In some cases, they might need to get replaced or removed due to ageing, pregnancy, and weight fluctuation as these factors can affect the size of the breasts. Also, if the implant is leaking or there is an infection. Always choose a certified plastic surgeon for safe results.
What is breast augmentation with fat grafting?
Breast augmentation with fat grafting is the latest procedure to increase the size of the breasts without breast implants. In this procedure, fat is obtained from the fatty part of the patient like the arms, thighs, or stomach and is injected into the breasts. This procedure is relatively safer than breast implants and the results are fuller natural-looking breasts.
Will breast reduction remove stretch marks?
Stretch marks are caused by weight gain or weight loss as skin loses elasticity. Breasts can also get stretch marks due to loose skin and can be reduced by breast reduction or breast lift surgery. If stretch marks are present on the skin removed by these surgeries, then there is a significant reduction in the stretch marks on breasts.
Is breast reduction surgery painful?
Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia and like any other surgical procedure, common post-surgery complications are expected like pain, swelling, soreness, redness, and bleeding. These complications subside in a few weeks. Patients are advised to follow the instructions strictly and take the medications regularly to ease these common complications.
Will breast reduction affect breastfeeding?
Breast reduction is the surgical removal of fat, skin, and breast tissues. Removal of breast tissues affects milk production in the breasts. So yes, it will affect breastfeeding. An experienced surgeon will not recommend breast reduction surgery in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Always inform the surgeon about pregnancy, breastfeeding, or plans of pregnancy.
Will breast lift reduce the size?
In most cases of breast lift surgery, a reduction in the size of the breast is observed by the patient. This happens due to the removal of excess saggy skin resulting in tighter and firmer breasts post-surgery. Breast lift helps in tightening and repositioning breasts only; it does not change the size of the breasts.
What kind of breast lift do I need?
The type and technique of breast lift required by the patient are determined by the surgeon based on the factors like age, the elasticity of the skin, weight, and overall medical condition of the patient. It also depends on the experience of the surgeon who knows well what will be the best option for the patient as per the desired results.
Are breast lift scars worth it?
With the natural-looking results, breast-lift comes with the complication of scars. These surgical scars are red and slightly above the normal skin surface. These scars will fade slowly with time, but they might not disappear completely. Also, the incisions are made in such a way that the scars are not visible directly or can easily hide under the bras or bathing suits. It is the responsibility of the surgeon to explain the outcomes of the surgery, including surgical scars before the surgery.