For many women, breast size is an important part of feeling good, desirable and normal. With the current trend of looking slim and losing weight, breast size becomes the casualty as fat is also lost from breasts giving them smaller, sagging appearance. Having a breast augmentation procedure can greatly improve self-esteem for many women. Breast enhancement or augmentation is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures in the world today. It can dramatically improve the appearance of a woman’s breasts.
Breast augmentation is performed for a number of reasons. The enhancement procedure is used to enlarge small breasts, underdeveloped breasts or breasts that have decreased in size after a woman has had children and to balance a difference in breast size. The implants are also used in reconstructive technique following breast surgery. Before surgery, you may try some different size breast sizers in a bra to give you an idea as to the look you achieve after surgery. Approx. 300 cc volume implant can enhance breast by two cup size i.e. from Cup B to Cup D size and accordingly implant size is selected. Often a mammogram (X-Ray) is done pre-operatively. Silicone cohesive gel implants with textured surface are most preferred implants as they are almost leak proof and give a very natural appearance and feel. The saline implants are prone to leakage and due to lower density of saline; the feel is also less natural. The saline implants also tend to change shape with body position while this is not the case with thicker gel implants.
Breast augmentation surgery is performed using general anesthesia. The method of inserting and positioning your implant will depend on your anatomy and your Plastic surgeon’s recommendation. The incision can be made either in the crease where the breast meets the chest, around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), or in the armpit. After the incision is made a pocket is created under the breast tissue or beneath the chest wall muscle. The implant is securely positioned in the pocket and small sutures are used to close the incision.
Breast implants are very safe. There is no evidence that breast implants increase the risk of breast cancer. Most women can also safely breast feed after augmentation surgery. Currently used cohesive gel implants give very natural feel and also chances of implant rupture are extremely low.You’re likely to feel sore for a few days surgery, but you’ll be up and around in 24 to 48 hours. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by oral medication. These symptoms should subside in a short time. You should be able to return to work within a few days. Regular physical activity may be resumed in 4-6 weeks.
Following cosmetic breast surgery, you will enjoy a new, more pleasing shape, with breasts that are in better proportion to your physique and getting used to a new figure can be a satisfying and even exciting experience for you.