Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to increase the volume of a woman’s breasts. Ever felt that, as a woman, nature just did not give you what you deserved? All these pretty girls around seem to have one, or rather, two big attractive things to them which you don’t?
Nature is not precisely fair when it comes to distributing equally the amount of breast tissue every woman gets. Breasts come in many numbers of different shapes and sizes. Rarely you would find two breasts that naturally look like a perfect match with one another.
In fact, the pair of breasts of a single woman are not even naturally an exact match with one another. There’s always one that is slightly bigger than the other! Thus, in order to correct that oh so cruel imbalance of nature, the breast augmentation procedure was born. A simple surgical procedure it’s all it takes to make a modestly sized pair of breasts into a much larger bust.
The procedure is a minimally invasive one in which strategically placed incision serves as an entryway for an implant. This implant of either silicone, saline solution or another derivative of each one. It goes either beneath the breast tissue or behind the pectoral muscle. The latter which is more common for women with very small breasts.
Besides an implant approach, there is also a fat transfer-based breast augmentation. As the name of it implies, fat from elsewhere on the body goes into the breast area to make them larger.
After either of the approaches, the patient can expect a notable increase in the size of their breasts. Breast augmentation surgery has a particularly large satisfaction rate for patients from across every demographic. Which speaks volumes of just how important breast volume is to all people.
Who Undergoes A Breast Augmentation?
There are several common profiles that fit the bill for becoming a breast augmentation patient:
- Women who after puberty still find their breast size too small for their particular taste and want something bigger.
- Women that underwent pregnancy and after pregnancy found their breast looking saggier and smaller than before.
- Women that underwent a weight loss so drastic that it permanently left their breast stretched out.
- Women that have noticeably very uneven breasts that are the result of other conditions.
Wanting a breast augmentation is nothing for you to feel embarrassed about. Due to the collective beauty standards that we as a species hold, it is understandable wanting to change ourselves in order to fit with our idolized image.
If you find yourself wanting to undergo breast augmentation but afraid of what people would say, don’t. This is a very personal surgery that you undergo to please yourself and only yourself. Do not let anyone else’s comment dissuade you from it.
Preparing for A Breast Augmentation
During the preliminary consultation with your surgeon please bring over a copy of your medical history. You and your surgeon will discuss your expectations for the surgery during the consultation.
The surgeon will show you samples of the different implants available. You can touch and feel each of the sample to better familiarize with them. A visual examination of your breast also takes place. Along with a photo session that will allow you really appreciate the before and after of the surgery.
After the visual examination, the surgeon will tell you which type of incision is the most adequate for your surgery based on the state of your breasts. Lastly, your surgeon might prescribe you to undergo mammogram which results you will provide them at a later date. This is to discard any undetected anomaly in you breast before moving forward with the surgery.
Breast Augmentation Surgery
The breast augmentation surgical procedure requires you to undergo general anaesthesia. You will be unconscious during the whole operation and will not feel even the slightest pinch of pain or discomfort. To start the procedure the surgeon will make an incision in one of four possible places. Depending on which incision they deemed most appropriate for your surgery, it can be any of these four types of incision:
- Under the Breast – The incision goes beneath your breasts, following their natural crease, and the implant inserts upwards from it.
- Around the Nipple – The incision happens around the areola, the dark area surrounding the nipple, and goes down from there to the lower part of the breast. It’s the incision most often used if a breast lift is also part of the operation.
- From the Armpit – The incision goes in the armpit area and the surgeon inserts the implant laterally through it. This incision does not leave any scar on the breasts themselves.
- From the Bellybutton – The incision happens just above the belly button. From that single incision, the surgeon inserts both implants upwards towards each breast. As with the armpit incision, no scar remains in the breast themselves.
Regardless of which type of the above incisions the surgeon uses, the surgery proceeds similarly. From the incision, the surgeon separates breast tissue and muscles to create a pocket space in which the implant goes.
It can be just behind the mammary glands or all the way back behind the pectoral muscle. Once the implant is secure in place, the surgeon closes the incision with suture or surgical tape.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Surgery
In the case that you decide to undergo breast augmentation through fat transfer, the surgery proceeds differently. The surgeon extract fat from elsewhere in your body through liposuction. Usually, your belly or buttocks are the places to get it from.
The fat is then injected into the breast in order to fill them up and make them bigger. The results from a fat transfer procedure are limited to one full bra size at most. Thus, they are only for modest breast augmentations.
What A Breast Implant Does Not Do for You
Despite it being one of the older modern cosmetic procedures and one of the most commonly performed. There are some misconceptions still around regarding what breast augmentation can do and what it cannot do. It is important for patients aspiring to undergo breast augmentation surgery to really know the extent of what it can do.
The breasts are without a doubt one of the main characteristics that are symbolic to femininity. Due to that, there is an understandably high level for emotional investment on the surgery from the patient’s part.
Thus, it is fundamental that you, as a patient that might or might not aspire to undergo breast augmentation, know you this. A Breast augmentation procedure increases the size of your breast to look bigger and fuller. Besides that, there are a couple of things it does not do, yet, most think it does.
Breast Augmentation Will Not Correct Saggy Breast
First of all, a breast augmentation surgery will not correct saggy breast nor will it prevent them from sagging in the future. If you happen to suffer from notably saggy breasts then a separate procedure, known as a breast lift, will correct that.
A breast lift can happen concurrently with a breast augmentation surgery in most cases. Please consult with your surgeon if you wish to undergo it. They will tell you with certainty if you need it and can undergo it either concurrently with or separate from breast augmentation.
Breast Augmentations Are Not Forever
Also, breast implants do not last forever, the average lifetime of a pair of implants is 10 years approximately. After that, an implant loses its firmness and consistency. Thus, it will need replacing.
They are neither indestructible, strong impacts to the chest can rupture them. Any rupture, small or large, implies leakage from the implant. While the substance leaking is not harmful, the leakage of the filler from the implant leads to losing its shape gradually as more substance leaks out of them.
If you feel your implant is leaking, reach out immediately to your surgeon to know if that is, in fact, the case. If it is, the surgeon will advise having it replaced by a new one as soon as possible to prevent a further odd look to the breasts.
Breast Implant Might Interfere with Breastfeeding
Most women are actually able to breastfeed normally after undergoing a breast augmentation procedure. But this is not the case for all of them. In some cases, patients that underwent a successful breast augmentation procedure might have trouble breastfeeding.
The breast implant itself is often placed behind the milk glands or behind the pectoral muscle. Either way, the implant should not interfere with the production and delivery of breast milk. Yet, the type of incision the surgeon uses during the surgery might sever nerves and milk pathways.
This only happens when the particular patient requires an incision that involves the nipple, however. In those cases, both the amount of milk produced and the sensation of a baby suckling are subject to change. The amount of milk might be less and the suckling sensation reduced somewhat.
Breast shape also changes when undergoing pregnancy with breast implants as it will do normally. The breast becomes fuller due to preparing for breastfeeding making them look even bigger. They will regain their previous level of fullness and shape some months after pregnancy.
It Will Not Return to Normal After Removing
In the case you wish to do away with the implants altogether and return to your previous breast shape, removing them might not be enough. The presence of the breast implant already stretches the skin on the breast past their original form.
The prolonged stay of the implants in place only further enhanced this. It is because of that that after the removal of the breast implant, the breast skin will remain particularly saggy. And, thus, unappealing.
But it will not have to be that way. A breast lift procedure can effectively remove the saggy tissue. Though this separate cosmetical procedure to the breast, you can regain a look that closely resembles their previous shape.
Breast Augmentation FAQ
Q: Does breast augmentation hurt?
A: The procedure happens under anaesthesia, so you won’t feel any pain at all.
Q: How long does a breast implant last?
A: The average lifespan for a breast implant is 10 years. After that, it requires replacing it with a new one.
Q: How soon can I have a breast augmentation?
A: 18 years old minimum to receive saline solution breast implants. 22 years old to get silicone implants.
Q: What happens if I want to get rid of my implants later on?
A: You can have them removed. but it will require a breast lift surgery to return your breast to shape similar to the one you had before.