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Breast Augmentation

Breast Enlargement

The female breast has been synonymous with femininity and hence a lot of focus has been given to the aesthetics of the organ. The ideal size and shape vary, depending upon the build of the individual and the cultural characteristics. Many a time, breast development does not take place adequately. Therefore, females with smaller than regular breasts feel that they have an uneven figure and they seek a modification through surgery. Breast enlargement is a procedure to make the breasts larger and rectify their shape. This procedure can also be named as breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty.  It is, therefore, important that the surgeon also takes into consideration the patient’s desires, when planning an augmentation surgery. Breast augmentation can have a significant positive influence on body image.

Common reasons for breast augmentation: –

  • Restoring breast plumpness lost after pregnancy & breastfeeding
  • Feeling more confident in a swimsuit
  • Enhancing self-image
  • Increase the size of small breasts.
  • Restore fullness and shape that may have been lost due to age.
  • Reconstruct breasts that have been damaged or removed due to injury or illness, such as breast cancer.
  • Create a proportionate balance between the breasts and the rest of the body.

Indications

Many females opt for breast enlargement to rectify hypoplastic breasts. Those who have undergone significant postpartum involution also opt for augmentation, for further improvement. These women have experienced the fullness and want the volume back.

Since the introduction of silicone gel prosthesis in 1962, breast augmentation must turn out to be the most frequently performed procedure in cosmetic surgery.

History

Czerny attempted the first augmentation mammoplasty, in which he transferred a lipoma to the breast, in 1895. Longacre performed autogenous flap augmentation in 1950. Many injectable materials were being tried, since the 1950s. Uchida reported the use of injectable silicone in 1961. The introduction of the silicone gel breast implant in 1962 by Cronin and Gerow initiated the modern era of breast augmentation.

Mammoplasty procedures (also known as breast augmentation procedures) involves the use of saline or silicone implants to create larger and/or fuller breasts. Breast augmentation is among the most sought-after cosmetic procedure available, and the demand continues to rise.

Why seek out a Breast Enlargement Procedure

Some of the most common reasons are: –

While breast enlargement procedure can yield remarkable results, one area that breast augmentation does not address is severely sagging breasts. If a patient has severely low hanging breasts, then a breast lift procedure may be the best option. Breast lift surgery can be performed with breast implants to achieve the desired effect.

There are many options in mammoplasty procedures, and each should be considered carefully before deciding to move forward with the procedure. Options for implants vary by the type of implant (silicone, saline, or cohesive gel), the shape of the implant (round or teardrop-shaped), and the size of the breast implant.

Being informed and having clear expectations during the consultation process is the best way to ensure that a patient will be satisfied with her breast augmentation procedure results.

Technique

Breast augmentation can be performed with saline or silicone gel-filled implants. The implants can be placed through several different incisions. Many factors should be discussed with your physician, such as the size and shape of implants, the location of surgical incisions, and whether the implants should be positioned on the upper part of the breast or beneath the chest muscle.

Recovery

  • You will be sore and will need to rest for the first few days
  • Most women can resume normal activity after a few days
  • You will need to wear a surgical bra or another non-underwire bra for several weeks, till the time the swelling subsides
  • Fertility and pregnancy are unaffected
  • Breastfeeding is usually possible afterwards
  • Sensation to the nipple and areola may be rarely affected

Life After Breast Enlargement

Breast enlargement is an outpatient procedure, typically performed using general anaesthesia. You can walk around on your own within a few hours after the operation, and most patients are comfortable enough in leaving their house within the next day or two.

You may feel sore the first week or so, and you will need to limit strenuous exercise for about 2-4 weeks. Your Doctor may also ask you to opt for a surgical bra or sports bra for a while after breast enlargement surgery—it is important to follow your surgeon’s advice to ensure your recovery optimally.

Once you are done with your breast implants, you’ll have to keep the following points in mind: It’s safe to have mammograms with breast implants, so be sure to maintain regular screening as prescribed by your doctor.

Upcoming pregnancies or weight variations may mark your results, and a second surgery may be needed to correct any changes you are unhappy with over time.

Conclusion

Nobody can break the normal ageing course; over time, breast tissue does change. You can aid in avoiding unnecessary sagging by opting for a bra with suitable support for your activity level.

Breast augmentation is an extremely gratifying aesthetic procedure. When done by a qualified cosmetic surgeon, breast enlargement is a safe procedure with long-lasting results, and most patients are very glad they chose to have the procedure.

Connect with Dr. Mandeep S Malhotra, expert in breast surgery at the CK Birla Hospital for Women in Gurgaon to know more about this procedure. He holds one of the largest experiences in oncoplastic breast conservation surgery, autologous primary breast reconstruction with mastectomy. Book your appointment today!

 
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