Breast augmentation is the most common aesthetic plastic surgery procedure in the United States. Every year, hundreds of thousands of women undergo the intervention to enhance their breasts. The modern standards of physical beauty require women to have bigger and shapelier breasts. Set in motion by celebrities, the trend of having bigger breasts has gone mainstream now.
Women with smaller or flatter breasts often experience emotional pain because they think they do not identify with the latest beauty trend. Fortunately, there is a plastic surgery procedure that can augment your breasts and help you overcome your self-esteem issues as a result. Breast augmentation increases the size of your breasts and makes them aesthetically appealing.
How is breast augmentation performed?
There are two types of breast augmentation procedures: fat transfer and breast implant surgery. Both procedures are different in nature and are performed in different ways.
Fat transfer to the breasts
Fat transfer to the breasts is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. The procedure involves the use of your own body fat to augment your breasts. The result of fat transfer is more natural and the procedure is safer than breast implant surgery. In order to qualify for this procedure, you need to have excess fat in your body that can be used to augment your breasts.
During the initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will examine your body to identify the aesthetic flaws and the fat donor sites. The common fat donor areas are the abdomen, sides, flanks, and upper back. The procedure starts with the extraction of fat from localized areas of the body.
Liposuction is used to remove fat from the donor areas. Liposuction involves the use of a hollow tube called a cannula, which is inserted into the fat donor site through a tiny incision. A tumescent solution is also introduced in the area to minimize the bleeding. The cannula is then moved back and forth to release the fat cells from the surrounding tissues.
The dislodged fat is then suctioned out with the help of a low-pressure suction pump or a special syringe. This process is repeated on all fat donor areas until enough fat is collected for breast augmentation. The fat is then processed and purified in a centrifuge. The surgeon will make sure only the best quality, healthy, and living fat cells are picked out for transfer to the breasts.
The purified fat cells are then injected into the breasts in a process called fat grafting. This step is crucial to the achievement of the aesthetic goals of the surgery. The doctor will use his sense of aesthetics and artistry in addition to his experience and skills to properly execute this process. Since the fat cells are transferred to the breasts through special syringes, there will be no noticeable scars on your breasts.
The results of the surgery will gradually emerge after the intervention. A few months after the procedure, your breasts will increase in size from a mild to moderate degree. The primary goal of the fat transfer procedure is to make your breasts shapelier. If your primary goal is to achieve bigger breasts instead of shapelier breasts, you should consider breast implant surgery.
Breast implant surgery
Breast implant surgery is another effective and popular procedure to enhance your breasts. Unlike the fat transfer procedure that involves the use of your own body fat to enhance your breasts, breast implant surgery involves the use of foreign objects called implants to augment your breasts.
There are two types of breast implants: silicone and saline. The silicone implant is made of a silicone shell that comes pre-filled with silicone gel. The saline implant is made of a silicone shell that is filled with a saline solution after inserting the implant into the breasts. Silicone implants are more popular and widely used.
The implants come in different sizes and shapes. The wide range of implant sizes means you can achieve your desired breast size with the intervention. It is important to choose a breast implant size that is in conformity with your overall body size and outline and breast dimensions. Choosing an overly large implant may make your breasts appeared weird and aesthetically unwelcoming.
Breast implant surgery is performed under general anesthesia and on an outpatient basis. The procedure starts with the placing of incisions on your breasts. The size of the incision depends on the size of the implant. The pre-selected breast implants are then placed inside the breasts through the incisions.
There are two options when it comes to placing the implants inside the breasts: under the pectoral muscle or above the pectoral muscle. Most plastic surgeons prefer placing the implants under the pectoral muscles because in that position the implant gets enough tissue coverage, the results are better, and the risks are lower.
In the next step, the incisions are sutured and closed. Some of the results of the surgery will be noticeable right away; however, final outcomes would take a few weeks or months to appear. The implants need enough time to settle and adjust to the new environment, and the post-operative swelling needs time to disappear.
The final results would emerge in the form of bigger and shapelier breasts. The results of breast implant surgery are not as natural as the fat transfer procedure, and the surgery entails relatively more risks.
Breast augmentation is an effective procedure to enhance your breasts. The surgery involves the use of your own body fat, or prosthetic devices called implants to deliver you the desired results. If your breasts are smaller, flatter, poorly shaped, or mildly saggy, you should consider breast augmentation surgery. A board-certified plastic surgeon can best tell you which type of breast augmentation procedure is right for you after examining your breasts and assessing your overall health.