Augmentation mammoplasty is the medical term for breast augmentation. Also referred to as breast enhancement or breast enlargement, this type of plastic surgery involves placing silicone or saline breast implants either behind the breast tissue or beneath the chest muscle to add size, shape, and fullness to the breasts. 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 the 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. The patient will also be asked to follow some specific instructions from the surgeon.
Breast Enhancement FAQ’s
There are many important considerations to make before deciding if breast augmentation surgery is right for you. The ideal candidate for breast augmentation surgery is a healthy adult who is well-informed about the results and risks of receiving the breast implants. An ideal candidate for breast augmentation will also have realistic expectations for the outcome of the surgery. People who are not good candidates for breast implants are those with unrealistic expectations about the results or those who are pressured to undergo the surgery by others.
There have been concerns about the safety of breast implants in the past. Presently available data shows that the breast implants do not lead to increase in the incidence of breast cancer or autoimmune diseases.
Although there are many benefits that result from breast augmentation surgery, including improved self-esteem, a more balanced figure, and more choices in clothing, there are also a number of risks involved with breast enhancement that should be carefully considered before choosing to undergo the surgery. Risks include infection, deflation, nipple numbness and implant displacement. Another potential side-effect is called capsular contracture. This occurs when the scar or capsule around the breast implant begins to tighten, squeezing the implant and causing the breast to harden.
Breast enlargement surgery should not affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed.
Breast implants will affect how your annual mammogram is performed. You will need to visit a radiology center where the technicians are trained to perform mammograms on patients with breast implants. Additional x-rays taken from various angles will be required to ensure an accurate reading. If the breast implant is placed under the muscle, 90 percent of the breast tissue will be visible. If the implant is placed over the muscle, only 75 percent of the breast tissue will be visible.
Yes! There is an alternative present which has become quite a rage in the western countries. Fat and Stem cell are harvested from one’s own body and are transplanted into the breast. The advantage of this procedure is that one’s own autologous tissues are being used and no foreign material (implant) is used. Also, it is a minimally invasive procedure with no perceptible scars. Hence, it is more natural. The only demerit of this procedure is that two or more sittings may be required.