Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that aims to increase the size and enhance the shape of the breasts using breast implants or fat transfer. This procedure is typically performed on women who desire larger or more shapely breasts, or who have lost breast volume due to weight loss, aging, or pregnancy.
Breast augmentation can be performed using different types of implants, including saline, silicone, or cohesive gel implants. The choice of implant depends on the patient’s individual needs and preferences, as well as their body shape and size. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and can take several hours to complete.
During the surgery, the surgeon will make an incision in the breast crease, around the nipple, or in the armpit, and insert the breast implant either behind or in front of the chest muscle. The incision is then closed with sutures or surgical tape.
After the surgery, patients may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for several days to weeks. Patients are usually advised to wear a supportive bra and avoid strenuous activities for several weeks. The results of breast augmentation are generally long-lasting, but patients may require additional surgery in the future to replace or remove the implants.
Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure, but it carries some risks, including bleeding, infection, scarring, and implant rupture or leakage. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure with a qualified plastic surgeon before deciding to undergo the surgery. A skilled and experienced surgeon can help patients achieve their desired results while minimizing the risk of complications.