Breast augmentation – What you need to know

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The breast, apart from its important functional role, is considered one of the most important bodily organs that symbolise and express femininity in women. Therefore, women who are not satisfied with the shape of their breasts, may suffer from psychological problems that worsen day by day. Today, breast augmentation surgery is one of the most prominent solutions that may permanently solve breast problems.

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a common surgical procedure that increases the size and shape of your breasts. This procedure can be done by breast implants or fat transfer.

What is done in breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is done by placing implants behind the breast tissue or under the chest muscle. The the implant is a bag filled with either sterile salt water (saline) or silicone, but the operation can also be performed by fat transfer.

How long does breast augmentation last?

Although breast implants do not actually expire, they are not guaranteed to last a lifetime, as the average saline or silicone implant may last approximately 10 to 20 years.

Other than that, there are certain cases in which the implants are removed early, such as, due to some complications, or due to some cosmetic concerns. Up to 20 percent of implants are removed or replaced within 8 to 10 years of having breast augmentation surgery.

Is breast augmentation painful?

Pain and discomfort are common right after the procedure. It takes a little over a month to recover from a breast augmentation surgery. During that time, you may feel tired, achy, experience some bruising, burning stings, and other discomforts in the breast. But, these symptoms will fade over a short period of time. Generally, you can control most of these annoying symptoms through the medication prescribed to you by your specialist doctor.

What happens after breast augmentation?

Immediately after you wake up from the surgery, you will be able to leave the hospital once your condition is stable enough. This usually takes about an hour.

Before you leave the hospital, your surgeon will give you specific instructions for recovering from the operation as soon as possible and set an appointment for a review. You will also be given a prescription for pain medication and some anti-inflammatories, if needed, plus instructions on when to remove gauze pads.

Your surgeon will likely remove the stitches in about a week. You should not carry anything heavy for at least four weeks. If you do physical exercise, you should wait up to six weeks to return to these activities.

What are the benefits of breast augmentation?

Among the main benefits of breast augmentation are:

  • Improving the appearance of the breasts in women who think their breasts are small or asymmetrical.
  • Correcting breast size problems caused by pregnancy or being overweight.
  • Improving self-confidence.

What is the difference between breast augmentation and breast implants?

The difference between breast augmentation and breast implants is that the former is the name of a category of procedures that increase the size of the breasts, while implants are surgical devices that are implanted to augment the final size of the breast itself.

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What are the different kinds of breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation with fat injection

Breast augmentation by autologous fat injection is one of the most popular techniques used in aesthetic medicine. This technique is used to sculpt the body and rid it of some of the accumulated fat in unwanted areas. Also, the process of breast augmentation through self-fat in the chest gives a larger size to the breasts without exposing it to any risks, since the injected substance is not foreign to the patient’s body. However, in the case of a decrease in the patient’s weight, the breast size might decrease as well, and in the event of weight gain, the chest size increases because the glands and tissues are affected.

Breast augmentation by fillers

The effect of the filler in the breast lasts for about a year and it is suitable in all those cases where the woman seeks to enlarge the breasts for a short period, or for those who want to undergo breast augmentation without surgical intervention. In this type, it is better to apply light hypnotic anaesthesia to reduce pain, even if this breast augmentation process does not take long. Fillers are also appreciated by as those who want a quick solution that requires no more than two days to be scheduled.

Breast augmentation by silicone

Silicone is a material that has always been used in breast augmentation surgery. Breast augmentation with silicone is done under general anesthesia, and if the breast does not need to lift or tighten sagging skin, the process does not take long. The implants are placed according to the technique adopted by the surgeon, and this method is known for giving long-lasting results.