Many women turn to breast augmentation in order to restore the aesthetic appearance and shape of their breasts, while ensuring that they’re aligned with the natural proportions of their torso. The breast augmentation procedure is also commonly referred to by other names like boob job, breast enhancement and augmentation mammoplasty, and it’s one of the most popular cosmetic procedures of all times.
How it Works
The process involves the insertion of a soft implant, also known as ‘prosthesis’, which is usually placed behind the breasts to create a fuller and more upward facing look. The goal of a breast augmentation procedure is to enhance the natural aesthetic appearance of a woman’s breasts, as it forms an important part of the overall structure of the female physique.
The implant can be inserted into a number of different areas, including under the breast, below the armpit, underneath the nipple or from the belly button. The area depends on the particular surgeon’s preferences, as some doctors prefer certain areas over others. However, the most popular option is to insert the implant underneath the breasts through a small opening in the mammary fold.
The breast augmentation procedure is a very personal and long-lasting decision and as such, it should be made with a clear mind and full understanding of your available options so that you can make a decision that you’ll be comfortable with in the long term. The first thing you should do is an initial consultation, where your surgeon will discuss with you the available options available in terms of implant types and breast augmentation procedures. It’s also important to fully understand the advantages and disadvantages of the procedure before you make the final decision, as well as the costs involved.
What’s the Best Age to Get a Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is suitable for women of all ages, but the level of skin elasticity and age factors do play a role in your eligibility for such a procedure. It is also possible to combine breast augmentation surgery with a breast lift procedure to remove the extra skin while lifting the breasts to give them a more youthful and perky appearance.
The types of breasts implants that are currently available include:
Each surgeon has their own preferences when it comes to the type of implants that they’re comfortable with. They can choose to use one type of implant or even two at the same time! It is really up to the surgeon. For example, while some surgeons prefer saline because of its natural structure, others opt for Silicon Gel because it feels more natural to the touch.
Implants come in two different shapes; namely round and tear shape. The tear shape is known for giving a more natural look and feel to the breasts through the slope it creates, whereas a round implant creates volume while noticeably lifting the breasts higher. Your surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of each option to help you make an informed decision on which option is the best for your situation.
During the first consultation with your surgeon, you’ll most likely discuss the placement of the implants. There are quite a few areas to choose from in this regard. There’s the sub-glandular position, which is right above the breasts’ muscle, whereas the sub-muscular is positioned right under the muscle.
The decision on where to place the incision will depend on a number of factors, including the amount of tissue you currently have in your breasts, the specific implant that you want, the position of your nipples and your level of physical activity as well. A common placement is just below the muscle, as it makes the breast look more natural after the procedure.
A breast augmentation surgery typically takes about a few hours, after which you’ll most likely be asked to stay overnight for observation. But you can go home the next day, which means that it’s a single-day procedure.
Your breasts will look unusually high and a bit swollen after the surgery, however, they will adjust to a more natural posture as the weeks roll by, and there’ll be less swelling over time as well. Your doctor may also give you a specialized bra to wear on that first week, but other than that, you’ll soon be wearing your own regular bras again.
First, you have to wait for the incisions to fully heal before you start applying creams which help accelerate the healing process.
Depending on your particular procedure and implant placement, you may also be required to massage your breasts on a daily basis, at least for the first few weeks. However, the advice on whether or not to do so should come straight from your surgeon because, for example, massaging the breasts is not recommended for tear shaped implants as this could potentially cause the implant to turn. Then, you’ll have to go back to your doctor who’ll try to reposition it by squeezing the breasts, or in the worst case scenario, perform surgery again.
A new type of implants known as ‘PIP’ implants, was recently imported from France to Australia, and has become quite a popular option due to its affordable price. However, it was found that these implants were actually made from a cheaper type of silicone gel whose manufacturing license had not been approved.
Breast Implant Risks
As with any surgical procedure, breast augmentation does come with some risks, such as:
Other possible side-effects include soreness of the breasts, infection, scars etc.