Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation

Augmentation mammoplasty or Breast Augmentation is a surgical procedure. Its purpose is to increase the size, shape or fullness of the breast; this is done using different types of implants depending on the patient’s wishes.

Breast augmentation, commonly known as breast surgery, is a cosmetic technique that enhances the size and form of a person’s breasts. It has gained popularity over time, helping people to attain their goals and boost their confidence. Whether you want to regain breast volume lost due to pregnancy or ageing, or just want to improve your appearance, a breast augmentation procedure may be a life-changing decision.

Description And Symptoms
Effects/ Causes

Breast augmentation is a procedure designed to enhance breast size and shape by inserting implants beneath the breast tissue or chest muscles. These implants can be filled with either saline solution or silicone gel. They are available, in sizes and shapes to suit individual preferences.

The surgery is typically performed under anaesthesia. A small incision is made either around the areola in the breast crease or, in the armpit. The surgeon takes care in placing the implants to achieve a harmonious appearance that complements your body.

The process of breast augmentation usually involves the following steps;

Consultation: The journey begins with a consultation, with a plastic surgeon. During this, you will discuss your goals, desired breast size, implant options, and incision placement. The surgeon will assess your suitability as a candidate and provide recommendations.

Surgery: On the day of the procedure you will be given anesthesia. Your surgeon will make incisions based on your preferences, carefully insert the implants into position, and ensure they are placed correctly to achieve your desired outcome.

Recovery: After surgery, it is normal to experience some discomfort, swelling and bruising which should gradually subside over time as you recover from the procedure. Most patients are typically able to resume their activities after a week.

Results: As time passes your breasts will naturally adjust and settle into their shape and position. This will give you a more youthful look, which can greatly enhance your self-confidence.

Breast augmentation can be required for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Genetics: Genetics are important in influencing breast size and form. If your breasts are naturally smaller owing to hereditary causes, breast augmentation might offer the required enlargement.
  • Ageing and Pregnancy: Because ageing and pregnancy can cause a reduction in breast volume and suppleness, breast augmentation is a common treatment option for women who want to retain a youthful appearance.

Need For Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a procedure that individuals consider for reasons including;

  1. Small Breast Size: Some people naturally have breasts and opt for breast augmentation to achieve their desired breast size and boost their self-confidence.
  2. Loss of Breast Volume: Factors like pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss can result in a decrease in breast volume. Women may choose breast augmentation to restore fullness and shape.
  3. Asymmetry: Women with differences in the size of their breasts can opt for breast augmentation to create a balanced and symmetrical appearance.

How much does breast augmentation cost?

The cost of breast augmentation varies widely depending on factors like location, surgeon's experience, type of implant, and surgical facility. It's essential to get a personalized quote during a consultation.

Will breast augmentation leave scars?

Yes, breast augmentation does leave scars, but they are typically small and discreet. The location of the incisions will be discussed with your surgeon during the consultation.

Is breast augmentation painful?

Some discomfort and pain are normal after breast augmentation surgery. However, pain can be managed with prescribed medications, and it usually subsides within a few days to weeks.

What is the difference between saline and silicone implants?

Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water and tend to ripple less, but they may feel firmer than silicone implants. Silicone implants are filled with a cohesive gel and often provide a more natural look and feel.

Am I too old for breast augmentation?

Many women in their 40s and 50s have successfully undergone breast augmentation. The most common candidate is often a woman in her 30s with two children who have considered the procedure for years. Regardless of your age, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to discuss your cosmetic goals.

What is the recovery time for breast augmentation?

The recovery period varies from person to person, but most individuals can return to light activities within a week and resume more strenuous activities within a few weeks.

Should I wait until I have children for augmentation?

Pregnancy can change breast size and shape, whether or not you have implants. It's generally recommended to wait at least six months after surgery before becoming pregnant. Breastfeeding with implants is safe for both the baby and the mother.

Can I choose the size and shape of my implants?

Yes, you can discuss your desired breast size and shape with your surgeon during the consultation. They will help you choose implants that align with your goals and body type.

Will my nipple sensation or feeling change?

Following breast augmentation, most women experience some temporary loss of sensation, which usually resolves within 6-12 months. However, approximately 15% may have permanent alterations in nipple sensation.

How long until I can exercise?

Patients are encouraged to start walking immediately after surgery but should avoid intense physical exercise for six weeks. Activities like weight lifting, biking, jogging, and strenuous exercises may shift implants or pose wound healing risks affecting the breast's appearance.

When can I return to work?

The timeline for returning to work depends on your job's physical demands. Generally, upper arm movements, like reaching, should be avoided for the first 1-2 weeks. Lifting objects heavier than 5 pounds should be avoided for 6 weeks, which might impact some individuals' ability to return to work.

Can I breastfeed after augmentation?

Breastfeeding is possible after augmentation, with implant placement generally not affecting milk production. Peri-areolar incisions may increase breastfeeding risks, while infra-mammary or trans-axillary incisions typically don't. Discuss breastfeeding needs with the surgeon during consultation.



*Result may vary person to person.