What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that is performed to increase the size, shape, and fullness of breasts. It includes breast implants and fat transfer. Breast augmentation may be performed to correct changes in breast size following pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, age, and gravity. Breast augmentation can also enhance your self-image and self-confidence. It may be combined with a breast lift to enhance the final result. Your plastic surgeon will recommend a combination of procedures after your initial surgical consultation.
What are breast implants?
Saline breast implants are filled with an elastic gel, while saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. Your plastic surgeon will make an incision under your breasts, arms, or around your nipple to insert the implant under your chest muscle or directly behind your breast tissue and over your chest muscle. These decisions are dependent on your breast anatomy, body and skin type, and how much enlargement you want. The incision is closed with sutures.
What Is fat transfer breast augmentation?
Autologous fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, is an alternative to using breast implants for breast augmentation. Your plastic surgeon will use liposuction to remove fat from one part of your body, and then inject it into the breast. This is an option if you are looking for a small increase in breast size and a more natural-looking result. The process may require multiple sessions to increase breast size and there may be a limit to the breast size obtained. You will need to have an adequate supply of excess fat for the procedure, and it can take up to six months or more for your result to take final shape after the procedure.
What is a breast lift?
A breast lift re-contours your breast shape and is typically recommended for drooping or sagging breasts. During surgery, excess skin is removed, the remaining skin is tightened, and the breast mound is reshaped. The nipple is then repositioned higher on the chest wall. This procedure may be performed at the time of augmentation or in a separately scheduled procedure.