Breast Augmentation (breast implant)

About Breast Augmentation (breast implant)

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.

time requirements

Minimum stay

2 weeks

Hospital stay

1 night/ not required

Operation duration

1 to 2 hours

Anesthesia type


Back to work

7-10 days

Post visit

1 trip

Before Breast Augmentation (breast implant)

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:


  • Check the health of breasts; see your gynecologist
  • Stop smoking two weeks before the surgery
  • Let doctor know your medical history and current medications
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements at least 10 days before the surgery as they may increase the bleeding possibility

How is Breast Augmentation (breast implant) performed?

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.

Anesthesia type

Breast Augmentation (breast implant)

Breast implants can be placed in various locations.

Recovery procedure

Possible discomfort

Most patients reported experiencing swelling, pain, bleeding, numbness and breasts feeling hard.

Post procedure care

  • Follow doctor instructions to care surgical site, compression garment and drains
  • Wear surgical bra
  • Avoid sleeping face down or getting the wounds wet during the first week after surgery
  • Do not do heavy physical activities lifting heavy stuffs or hard sport up to 4 weeks
  • Avoid driving for about a month. There will be difficulty in hand moving.
  • Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks after the surgery
  • Take painkillers to relieve the pain (it will be prescribed by your doctor too)

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What you need to know

Not recommended for

  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Individuals who are under 22 years old (for silicone implant) and under 18 (for saline implant)
  • Patients with uncured cancer
  • Individuals who are ill, or battling infection or might have abnormal mammogram.

Potential risk

  • Bleeding
  • Capsule contractor
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Implant rupture or leaking
  • Asymmetry
  • Persistent pain
  • Wrinkling of the skin over the implant
  • Problem with size  or shape of the implants

Cost parameters

  • Type of anesthesia
  • Type and size of implant
  • Patient’s health condition i.e diabetic
  • Other treatments performed in parallel i.e performing liposuction, breast lift etc.
  • The incision location/type
  • Qualification/expertise of the surgeon


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