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Surgery for Augmenting the Breasts

Posted Jan 01 2013 5:22am

Breast augmentation is the most requested cosmetic procedures, helping women to achieve fuller breasts and a more attractive contour. Breast augmentation surgery benefits women with small or underdeveloped breasts, diminished breast volume after pregnancy or dieting, asymmetrical breasts. Augmentation can be done via breast implants or fat transfer. Consulting an experienced plastic surgeon will help you choose the right procedure to suit your physical conditions.

Breast Enhancement Using Surgical Implants

Breast augmentation using implants is known as augmentation mammaplasty. Two types of FDA approved implants are available: saline-filled and silicone-gel-filled implants. Both types are covered with a silicone shell.

Saline implants are filled with a salt water solution and require a smaller incision than silicon-gel implants as they are pre-filled. Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel and requires a larger incision as gel is filled after insertion of the implants. Silicone-gel implants look and feel more natural than the other. The incisions may be located in the armpit, at the edge of the areola, or under the breast depending on your age, implant type, your body mass and anatomy.

Breast surgery implants of different sizes and shapes are available to fit all body types. Implant sizes range from 100 to 400cc and the appropriate size is chosen depending on physical proportions and the amount of breast tissue present. The surgical procedure normally takes about 1-2 hours.

Breast Enhancement through Fat Transfer

In the fat transfer method, the patient’s own fat instead of implants is used to enhance the breasts. Fat grafting is natural breast enhancement surgery as excess fat from areas of the body such as thighs and abdomen is removed through liposuction and transferred to the breasts. The extracted fat tissue is purified before it is injected into the breasts via small injections to increase breast size.

Fat transfer breast enhancement surgery provides benefits such as

  • No stitches or incisions
  • Avoids the risks associated with implant ruptures
  • Added advantage of fat reduction in the donor site to improve body contour in that area
  • Minimal side effects or rejection issues as the patient’s own fat is used
  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Fast recovery
  • Minimal discomfort

Surgical practices also offer breast lift surgery or mastopexy to complement breast implant and fat transfer breast augmentation procedures. A breast lift raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning the nipples.

Locating an expert plastic surgeon is important for the best results. The right surgeon is one who can provide you with a customized treatment plan, and performs the surgery with due consideration for your safety. Make sure your breast augmentation is performed in an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice as this would ensure standardized treatment and care, from the initial consultation through to complete recovery.

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