Breast augmentation, which is mostly known as Breast implant or boob job, is a surgery to increase the size of breast, reshape or enhance its appearance. The surgery is mostly done by implanting breast implants. Materials that are commonly used are either silicone breast implants or saline breast implants. The silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel and the saline breast implants are filled with salt water. Both have different sizes and either smooth or textured shell. The best option is decided in a consultancy session with the surgeon.
The breast augmentation surgery doesn’t cure the breast sagging; therefore, if you have sagging breasts, please consider having breast lift surgery alongside the breast augmentation surgery.
Please note that the breast implants won't last life time, you may need a breast implant revision surgery in 10 years. The breast augmentation can be done by transferring fat. This is the newest method of breast augmentation surgery called fat transfer breast augmentation.
Before the procedure, patient will have an initial consultation session with the surgeon to discuss about the surgical options and possible outcomes. Most important things that have to be decided in this session are the type of breast implants (silicone or saline), the desired size suites the body shape, the location of incisions and remaining scars and the technique of implants insertion.
Other general recommendations before the procedure are:
According to what have been consulted with the doctor, the breast augmentation surgery (breast implant) can either be done by general anesthesia or local anesthesia.
The plastic surgeon draws guidelines on the breasts where the incisions should be made. For both type of breast implants, incisions can be done under the breast, along the areolar edge or in armpit depending on patient’s choice. If saline implant is chosen, the naval incision is also possible. Silicone implants requires larger incisions as implants are already filled with gel while implanting into breasts.
The surgeon will then insert the implant to its place. Breast implants can be placed in various locations, including behind the glandular tissue but in front the muscle, partially behind the muscle, or completely behind the muscle and connective tissue which are called subglandular, subpectoral and submuscular respectively.
The final step is closing the incision. The surgeon will suture the incisions. Most of the times the patient is ready to go home a few hours after the surgery.
Breast implants can be placed in various locations.
Most patients reported experiencing swelling, pain, bleeding, numbness and breasts feeling hard.