Breast enlargement surgery is also known as breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty. It is a surgery to increase the size of the breast and involves placing different breast implants under chest muscles or breast tissue.
For some women, breast enlargement is a part of rebuilding the breast tissue for various conditions while for many others, it is a way to feel more confident. If you are considering augmentation mammoplasty, talk to a certified plastic surgeon. Make sure you understand the purpose of the surgery and what it involves – including possible risks, recovery period, and follow-up care.
Why it’s done?
Breast augmentation surgery might help you:
- Increase the size of your breast
- Enhance your appearance and boost self-confidence if you think your breasts are too small
- Adjust the size of the breasts, especially if you think that one breast is smaller than the other
- Reduce the breast size after pregnancy
How it’s done?
Augmentation mammoplasty is a type of surgery done to increase or decrease the size of the breast. Before surgery, the plastic surgeon will help you choose the size of the breast implant needed. This is usually done by putting different sized breast implants into a bra. The surgery will be done under general anaesthesia so that you remain asleep during surgery.
After sedation, the surgeon gives the incision. Breast augmentation can be done through different incisions, such as
- Periareolar incision – around the nipple
- Transaxillary incision – in the armpit
- Inframammary incision – in the crease under the breast
The choice of incision depends on the surgeon-patient preference and several other factors, including the type of implant, how much enlargement is involved, and the patient’s breast anatomy.
The implant is inserted into one of two types of pockets.
- A submuscular placement – It goes under the pectoral muscle (chest). There may be more pain, and recovery may take longer after the operation.
- A submammary placement – It goes over the pectoral muscle and behind the breast tissue. Recovery is faster
After placing the implant, the surgeon closes the incisions with stitches or layered sutures. The incision lines will fade with time and may take a few weeks to disappear.
How effective is it?
Breast implants are effective for most women and last a long time. However, you may require other surgical interventions in the future to correct implant issues like rupture and infection. You may opt to reverse the surgery if you experience an infection, severe pain, or poor healing related to your implants.
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