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What is Breast Augmentation?
In simple terms, breast enhancement or breast enlargement is a process by which the size of the breasts can be increased. the technique of Breast Augmentation surgery can be used to restore the volume of the breasts, post-delivery, weight loss or due to age and also improve the balance of your physical structure. The process can also be done for women, who have injured their breasts due to an accident or have had to remove them due to cancer.
Breast Augmentation Infogarphics
Types of Breast Augmentation
The manner in which the breast augmentation or breast enhancement is done is pretty much the same, but there are a range of breast implants that can be used and some of these include:
Filled with silicone gel, these are the most popular implants, mainly because they feel a lot like the original breast tissues. There is minimal chance that the implant breaks or leaks, however, in the scenario that the same does happen either the leaked gel will remain inside the implant shell or it will leak out into the breast implant pocket.
As the name suggests, saline implants are filled with salt water, which has been sterilised. The benefit of saline implants is that it offers uniformity in terms of shape and firmness. If there is a leakage, the saline will be absorbed into the body and expelled as urine or sweat.
Smooth breast implants
These implants provide the softest feeling, and these can actually move inside the breast implant pocket, which is why it looks more natural
Round breast implants
The round breast implants tend to make the breasts appear rounder and more voluptuous. Given their shape, there is minimal chance of the implants rotating and moving out of place.
Gummy bear breast implants
The form stable implants can maintain their shape irrespective of what happens to the implant shell. Even though the filling in these implants is also silicone gel, it is actually thicker than the traditional silicone gel filling, making them less prone to breakage.
Through liposuction, excess fat is removed from the body, and this fat is injected into the breasts. This is a great option for women who are not too keen on having a foreign body inside their body or need only a marginal increase in their breast size.
Breast Reduction Advantages
Before the surgery
You will have to undergo a thorough medical examination to ensure that you are physically fit for the procedure. You blood will be checked and your medications will also have to be monitored. If you are on blood thinners, you will be asked to avoid the same for a while. This will also be the time, when the size of the implant will be finalised on.
During the surgery
In simple terms, the breast is cut open, excess tissue is removed, the skin is pulled and stitched back together. In many cases, cutting the breast is not required, because if all the excess tissue is only fat, it can be removed in a liposuction like procedure.
There are basic four steps in a breast reduction procedure:
After the surgery
Immediately after the surgery, you will be kept under observation, to ensure that there is no excessive bleeding or clotting. Breasts are generally wrapped in gauze and you will be asked to wear a support bra or elastic bandage to support your breasts. While you will be allowed to return home soon, you will have to take care of the breasts, to avoid infections. The surgeon will suggest the constant wearing of support bras and returning to a normal life of exercise and activity will take a few weeks.
Ideally, when blepharoplasty has been conducted by an experienced surgeon, there are little to no chances of things going wrong. However, there are some complications that can be associated with this procedure, such as:
- Bleeding, infections, pain and scars
- Loss of sensation in the nipples or entire breast
- Complications with anaesthesia
- Accumulation of fluid, Rupturing or leakage of the implant
- Wrinkled breasts or incorrect placement
- Formation of scar tissue around the implant