What Is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation surgery enhances the shape, size, and projection of the breasts using implants. Women who have naturally small breasts or who are unhappy with the shape of their breasts can greatly benefit from this procedure. There are many options with breast augmentation, and the procedure is customized to achieve the specific breast look and feel the patient desires.
If you are looking to correct other issues with your breasts, Dr. Chin offers additional breast surgery procedures.
What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?
Women choose breast augmentation to:
- Improve body image
- Relieve emotional discomfort and embarrassment
- Boost confidence
- Allow for more diverse wardrobe choices
Achieved With Breast Augmentation Surgery
Some people mistakenly believe that breast augmentation always produces overly large breasts that look obviously fake. However, there are many techniques that can be used for the procedure in order to achieve breasts that look and feel very natural. Results can be very subtle so that no one will know you underwent breast augmentation surgery unless you want them to.
Breast augmentation can enhance the breasts to improve not only their size, but also their shape. There is a range of implant types and shapes that can be used to achieve the rounder, fuller breasts you desire.
Many women go to great lengths to achieve their desired cleavage, from wearing extremely padded bras to taping their breasts together. Breast augmentation can help achieve breasts that exhibit your desired amount of cleavage.
All women have some degree of breast asymmetry, but it is usually unnoticeable. However, some women have one breast that is significantly less developed and smaller than the other. Breast augmentation can be performed with implants of varying sizes to produce breasts that are as close to the same size and shape as possible.
Pregnancy, significant weight loss, or just natural aging can cause the breasts to lose volume over time. Breast augmentation can restore volume to the breasts as well as improve a minimal degree of sagging. Patients with significant sagging can greatly benefit from breast augmentation combined with a breast lift.
Choosing The Right Implant Type
Saline implants consist of an outer silicone shell filled with a sterile saltwater solution. These implants are filled after they are inserted into the breast, so a smaller incision can be used.
Silicone implants consist of an outer silicone shell filled with silicone gel. These implants are said to produce a more natural feel because they are soft like natural breast tissue.
Gummy bear implants are a type of silicone implant with a thicker, more cohesive gel filling. These implants come in a variety of shapes to achieve specific breast appearances. Gummy bear implants are less likely to rupture, and if a rupture does occur, they will retain their original shape.
How Is Breast Augmentation Performed?
Breast augmentation is performed by placing implants underneath the chest muscle or behind the breast tissue (on top of the pectoral muscle). The technique used will depend on your unique anatomy and surgeon’s recommendations.
The procedure is carried out under general anesthesia and takes about one to two hours. Dr. Chin will make incisions under the breast, under the arms, or around the nipples — depending on the recommended surgical plan — and place implants in the breast pocket.
After the implant is placed in position, the incision is closed with sutures and covered with a gauze dressing.
A: If you are bothered by the size of your breasts and want larger or more shapely breasts, breast augmentation is ideal for you. Patients who are dissatisfied with the changes in size or shape of their breasts following pregnancy, weight loss, or aging will benefit tremendously from the procedure.
The best candidates need to be in good health, have valid reasons, and a clear and realistic expectation of the procedure’s outcome.
A: Young women who seek to enhance their breasts with implants should wait until they have attained full physical and emotional maturity. Generally, teenagers under the age of 18 are considered too young, and silicone implants are only approved for women over 22.
A consultation with a board-certified surgeon can provide more insights and help you find the best path toward your cosmetic goals.
A: Placing breast implants in already sagging breasts adds volume to the breasts but cannot offer the necessary lift that droopy breasts require. On the contrary, the extra weight of the implants could contribute to more sagging.
To achieve the best results, consider having a breast lift and augmentation combined to elevate the breast and achieve a more youthful-looking profile.
A: In most cases, implants will not affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed. If the incision is placed in the natural fold below the breast, the tissue and milk ducts will not be damaged, and nursing should be possible.
It is advisable to discuss your future plans with Dr. Chin so he can develop a surgical plan that preserves the anatomical structures required for breastfeeding.
A: With good maintenance, you can enjoy your augmentation results for many years. However, as the natural aging process takes its course, the shape, size, and position of your breasts will be affected.