Breast augmentation can:
- Enhance the body contour on a woman who, for personal reasons, feels that her breast size is too small.
- Re-establish size and contour due to a loss in breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss/fluctuation. A breast lift as well as implants may be required.
- Balance breast size when there is a significant difference between the size of the breasts. Please be aware that asymmetry can (and will likely) persist to some extent.
- Be performed with or without implants. The implants that are generally in use today are composed either of saline solutions or silicone gels. Saline solution implants are generally recommended for women with a lot of breast tissue. Silicone implants, on the other hand, are usually recommended for women with little breast tissue or for those who have undergone a mastectomy. These recommendations are made with a view to achieving a natural look.
Augmentation without implants may be done via liposuction, where harvested adipose or fatty tissue is used in the augmentation process. There are several ways to graft fat into a patient’s breasts, such as using a lipo-injector gun which controls the amount of fat being emplaced.
- Be performed and still allow breastfeeding, although women with augmented breasts who wish to breastfeed might experience some difficulty. This is particularly true for women who have undergone mammoplasty procedures, because of the incisions made in the periareolar area and the sub-glandular emplacement involved. If you want to have your breasts augmented and make sure you can continue to breastfeed, talk to your surgeon to make sure that your lactiferous ducts and the nerves in your nipples and areolas will not be damaged during the procedure.
- Also help to maintain a feminine silhouette in female bodybuilders by making up for the loss of breast mass that usually accompanies weightlifting and other activities such as competitive swimming.
- Be recovered from completely, meaning without scars, in about six weeks, with the scars fading completely after several months depending on the type of skin you have. Depending on what kind of lifestyle a patient has, she can be back on her feet and at her normal day-to-day activities in just about one week after surgery. Exercise or any other strenuous activities, though, must be avoided for about six weeks.
- Can have complications, just like any other type of surgery, such as post-operative bleeding, infections, fluid build-up and an adverse reaction to anaesthesia. On top of breastfeeding difficulties, other complications include pain, wrinkling, breast tissue thinning, and structural deformities. Breast implants might also rupture, although they are able to maintain their shape -for entire decades within a patient’s breasts. Non-implant augmentations also run the risk of developing cysts or even breast cancer, as well as necrosis and metastatic calcification or an abnormal build-up of calcium salts.