Breast Augmentation and What You Need To Know
Breast augmentation is the enhancement or enhancement of the breast through a surgical procedure that usually involves the insertion of an implant under or above the pectoral muscle. Breast augmentation is different from breast reconstruction. The usual candidates of breast reconstruction are women who have underone mastectomy, and have lost either a portion of their breast, or their own breast.
In the case of breastfeeding augmentation, on the other hand, the usual candidates are women who want to change the appearance of their breasts in order to boost their self-confidence. These women may want breasts that are more proportionate to the rest of their body, or they have undergone pregnancy and breastfeeding-feeding, and wish to restore the look of their busts to what they used to be.
Breast augmentation is one of the most common operations done in cosmetic surgery. The risks are very low. Typically, the worst that can happen is that a thick layer of collagen forms around the breast implant, and the implant has to be removed. This process is called capsular contracture, and due to the developments in the manufacturing of breast implants, the chances of this happening with modern breast implants are fairly low.
Other problems, such as leakage, over-filled implants and implants that can become uncomfortably cold are also extremely things of the past. These were problems with the old liquid silicone and saline implants used in the early nineties. The most favored implant in recent years, the one filled with silicone gel, does away with these problems. Breast augmentation surgery has also begun to use the patients’ own body fat in order to augment the breasts.
Breast augmentation does not affect breastfeeding, and a mother will be able to breastfeed her baby normally. This does not mean, however, that breastfeeding augmentation can be done during or right after a pregnancy. Post-operation, there will be swelling of the breast that will last between three to four weeks.
Beside, pregnancy and post-pregnancy is a time when the body undergoes changes, and it is never a good idea to undergo cosmetic surgery when the body is adjusting in size and shape. Breast augmentation does not increase the risk of breast cancer, and implants can actually make it easier to detect lumps through breast self-examination.
Because the implants need to be inserted in a way that minimizes scarring and any signs of the operation, there are four kinds of incisions used in breast augmentation.
The most common kind of incision is called the inframamary fold incision. This incision is made under the breast, where it meets the chest wall, and is usually only 4.5 centimeters long. The advantage of this kind of incision is that it gives the most direct access to the space behind the breast, and the visual effect of the implant is immediately even during the operation.
The second kind of incision is called the axillary incision. This incision is made in the crease in the armpit, and is also 4.5 centimeters long. This is the kind of incision favored by Asian women, since many of them tend to scar badly, and it is much less obvious than the incision made under the breast.
On the downside, it is more difficult to perform, giving only indirect access to the breast, and there is a higher chance of the implant being misaligned during the operation. This is not recommended for women who are too slim, since a misaligned implant would be very obvious.
In the case of women who form fine scars, a good option is the third kind of incision, called the areola incision. Like its name, the incision is made on the underside of the areola. Right after the operation, the scar is typically a pink-red color that matches the color of the areola. As the scar fades, it takes on the color of the surrounding skin of the breast.
The last kind of incision, the umbilical incision, involves an incision around the umbilical area, or bellybutton, but this kind of incision can only be used to insert saline implants. Silicone gel implants need a 4.5 centimeter incision in order to be inserted. Since these are the most commonly used implants nowdays, this last kind of incision is rarely used.
Breast augmentation is very popular nowdays and it’s also a part of mummy makeover surgery. Before making decision, you must understand the process and find the right surgeon for your need and expectation.