Breast augmentation is a common aesthetic procedure that involves changing the appearance size or both of the breast through cosmetic surgery. Contrary to popular belief, the procedure is done on both men and women for different reasons, from simple aesthetics to procedures involving a more comprehensive reconstruction of breast tissue to restore the natural appearance of the breast.
Breast Augmentation: What is it?
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure to increase the size, change the shape and/or texture of the breasts. This is done by using implants made of saline or silicone. More commonly known as boob jobs, breast augmentation is done for various reasons, such as a boob enlargement to increase the size of the breast for a more ideal appearance, to reconstruct the breast after injury, trauma or mastectomy and to correct any congenital defects that affect the appearance of the breast.
The process involves inserting the implant into the breast tissue through a surgical incision along the underside of the breast. In the surgical augmentation approach, skin flaps or adipose or fat tissue from other parts of the body are transplanted to the breast to change its size, shape and texture.
A breast uplift is a less invasive form of augmentation that requires the removal of excess tissue and tightening of the surrounding areas to give the breast more definition for a fuller, ideal appearance. This is similar to a breast reduction, a procedure done to reduce the size of large breasts by removing excess tissue. Breast lifts are often done to correct the appearance of decreased breast volume, uneven breasts or nipples, sagging breasts and similar conditions.
The specific process differs on the specific health considerations and the purpose for the mamoplasty. For example, augmentation done to reconstruct the breast may require multiple stages and often starts with the use of tissue expanders which are used to prepare the implant pocket site to receive the actual breast implant. In a non-surgical approach, the pocket site is expanded with the use of a vacuum device that will expand the tissues of the recipient site.
Benefits and Advantages
Breast augmentation offers considerable advantages and benefits especially for those who are doing the procedure to repair the effects of disease or trauma. An enhanced appearance of the breasts can contribute to improvements in self-confidence and self-esteem. Procedures like breast lifts are not as invasive and can restore the youthful appearance of the breasts.
Possible Complications and Risks
Like any other medical procedure, breast augmentation comes with its own set of risks, foremost of which is the risk for infection. Any procedure that involves the introduction of a foreign substance into the body is always accompanied by the risk of infection. Infections related to implants can happen anytime, whether immediately after the procedure or several years later. To prevent this, you may be advised to take post-operative preventive medications and to report for routine check-ups for the first few months after surgery.
Rupture is also a very likely risk. Ruptures can occur after a significant trauma to the chest. The quality of the implants can also increase the chances of rupture. Silicone implants have to be made of medical-grade materials to be deemed safe and suitable for breast implantation procedures.
The formation of scar tissue is also another common risk. The Introduction of a foreign object into the body can induce the formation of scar tissue as a defense mechanism. This often results to the formation of capsular contractures, where scar tissue contracts into itself. This can be painful and can also result in deformities of the breast.
Are you a good candidate?
Like other medical procedures, not everyone is a good candidate for a breast lift. Your doctor will consider physiological and psychological factors to determine if you are the ideal candidate. Health conditions such as hypertension and diabetes may put you at a higher risk for complications arising from the surgery. If you are in good physical shape and want to enhance the appearance of saggy, uneven, deformed breasts, you are likely an ideal candidate for the procedure.
Doctor’s Consultation: What to expect
A medical consult is the first step in any breast augmentation procedure. Your doctor will determine your suitability for the procedure, inform you about what you can expect, possible complications and your responsibilities before, during and after the procedure. If you are looking for medical practitioners who can perform a boob job UK is home to cosmetic surgeons who perform the procedure using industry-standard implants assisted by skilled and capable teams. Book a consultation today to determine if this procedure is suitable for you.