Women who want to enhance the volume, fullness, shape and symmetry of their breasts often choose to undergo a breast augmentation procedure. A plastic surgeon can help patients determine if this procedure is the best option for them.
What Implant Breast Augmentation Involves
Breast fullness, volume and symmetry are improved with the use of breast implants. After the patient is under general anesthesia, incisions are made in areas such as under the breasts or around the nipples. Efforts are made to minimize any scarring. Following the incisions, implants are inserted into pockets that are located behind the pectoral muscle or directly behind the breast tissue in front of the pectoral muscle. The incisions are then closed with sutures in an attempt to minimize the appearance of the scars.
What Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Involves
Patients can also choose to undergo fat transfer breast augmentation, which involves using natural fat deposits to make the breasts fuller. Through liposuction, fat is taken from the belly, thighs or other parts of the body and prepared for transfer. The prepared fat is then injected into the breasts to achieve the desired results. It is important to note, however, that a fat transfer procedure may not produce the same shape and upper pole fullness as breast implants do.
Results are immediately visible following the procedure. The patient is moved into a recovery area and is usually allowed to go home within a few hours after close medical supervision. For the first one to two weeks following surgery, the patient may be instructed to wear a support bra. Over the coming weeks, swelling will lessen and incision lines will fade. The plastic surgeon will provide post-operative instructions and will want to see the patient for follow-up visits to make sure that everything is healing properly.
Most breast implants will eventually need to be replaced. Monitoring of the aging implants depends on several factors and will be discussed during the consultation with the plastic surgeon. Women whose breasts change shape because of weight gains or losses, age or hormonal changes may choose to have their implants replaced in order to improve the appearance of their breasts. Some patients may also need a breast lift (mastopexy) at the time of implant replacement to optimize the shape and appearance of the breasts.