Breast augmentation, sometimes referred to as a “breast aug” or “boob job” by patients, involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts. This procedure can also restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, achieve a more rounded breast shape or improve natural breast size asymmetry.
What Breast Augmentation Surgery Can Do?
- Increase fullness and projection of your breasts
- Improve balance of breast and hip contours
- Enhance your self-image and self-confidence
- Breast implants may also be used for breast reconstruction after mastectomy or injury
How to Insert Breast Implants?
- Surgical wounds are in the mouth, no trace can be seen from the appearance.
- The direct removal of fat pad is a very safe process
- The duration of surgery is very short, about 1~2 hours and swelling subside rapidly.
- Prevention of future skin aging and sagging.
- The outcome is even better when combined with other treatment
Breast Augmentation Procedure
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
Incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. You and your plastic surgeon will discuss which incision options are appropriate for your desired outcome. Incision options include: along the areolar edge (peri-areolar incision), the fold under the breast (inframammary fold) and in the armpit (axillary incision). A belly-button approach is associated with a higher complication rate.
Incisions vary based on the type of breast implant, degree of enlargement desired, your particular anatomy and patient-surgeon preference.
Step 3 – Inserting and placing the breast implant
After the incision is made, a breast implant is inserted into a pocket either:
submuscular and subglandular breast implant placement
- Under the pectoral muscle (a submuscular placement)
- Directly behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle (a submammary/ subglandular placement)
The method for inserting and positioning breast implants depends on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, your body type and your surgeon’s recommendations.
Step 4 – Closing the incisions
Incisions are closed with layered sutures in the breast tissue and with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin.
Breast augmentation incision locations
Over time the incision lines will fade. The quality of scar depends on many things, including your genetics, exposure of your body to nicotine and infection.
Step 5 – See the results
The results of breast augmentation are immediately visible. Get more information about breast augmentation results.
Two Types of Breast Implants
Round Breast Implants
The most common of the implant shapes (when it comes to breast augmentation) is the round implant, which looks like a compressed sphere. Different types of this implant can adjust the projection, which is the breasts’ forward distance from the chest wall. They come in four types, varying from low projection to high projection. High projection breast implants achieve a projection that would normally need breast implants that had larger bases and more volume. Women who wish to have more fullness in the top part of the breasts will probably consider the round implant to be a better choice.
Patients who choose the round implants do so for the lift, cleavage, and fullness they give to the breast. On the other hand, some patients feel round implants look too artificial, and choose the teardrop-shaped implant because they believe it looks more natural.
Since the implant is round, it is symmetrical, and implant rotation is not an issue. The implant can be chosen with either a textured or a smooth surface, and tends to cost less than the teardrop implant.
Teardrop Breast Implants
The teardrop name comes from the way it is shaped, with a sloped contour that fills out more on the bottom than the top, mimicking the shape of natural breasts. Even though the upper part of the teardrop implants aren’t quite as filled out as the round implants, they tend to give greater projection than their round counterparts with the same amount of volume. Women who are seeking a breast enhancement that appears more natural, teardrop implants might be the right choice.
Between the teardrop and round breast implant shapes, it is usually the teardrop that costs more, which is definitely something to think about for those worried about financial expenses. The teardrop implant also needs a textured surface in order to keep the implant from rotating and distorting the shape of the breast, which is not something to worry about with round implants.