Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is the surgical process by which breast implants are placed to help in adding to the fullness, size and shape of a woman’s breast. For many women, breast size has a large role in their overall perception of self, so having a breast augmentation is more than a physical action and should be fully researched and understood before completing. It is important to note the different types of breast augmentation; this article with give a brief overview of the different types and go into detail about fat transfer breast augmentation.
Types of Breast Surgeries
Breast surgeries, or Mammaplasty, falls into three main categories: augmentation, reduction, and reconstruction.
Breast reduction is a surgical process that is usually preferred by women with large breasts that cause neck pains, numbness and back pain and other weaknesses due to the heavy weight of the breast. This process involves removal of the excess fat, breast tissue, and excess skin. After one undergoes breast reduction, the breast loses sensitivity and women may not be able to breastfeed.
Breast reconstruction is the recreation of a breast, and this happens to patients who have undergone mastectomy. Since the breast nerves have been removed during mastectomy, the sensitivity of a breast after reconstruction can be lost as well as the normal functioning of the breast. A woman’s own tissue can be used as the implants for the breast reconstruction.
In most cases, saline, silicone or other composite breast implants are placed under the chest muscles or breast tissue. Augmentation is done by creating an incision, usually three centimeters length, in the armpit, areola or in the lower breast fold. Compared to other surgical processes, breast augmentation is viewed as been relatively straightforward in its procedures. Breast mammoplasty is done to help in the following ways or to correct the following defects;
• Restoring breast symmetry
• Restoring one or both breast after a condition or event that affected its size and shape, for example, breast cancer.
• Restoring breast size and shape after weight loss or after pregnancy.
• Enlarging breasts that are small.
Cases where breast augmentation is not recommended:
• If the desired results is too big given the size of the natural breast
• The breast requires a breast lift, not augmentation.
• One is considering getting pregnant close to the date of surgery
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
With this method, fat is taken from other body parts using liposuction and then injected into the breast. The end result is a natural looking and feeling and is preferred if the patient only wants a small increase in breast size. Liposuction is the reshaping and slimming of specific body areas through excess fat deposits removal leaving improved body contours and a proportional body too. Body areas that can be used for liposuction include; hips and buttocks, upper arms, thighs, inner knees, chest area, abdomen, and waist.
Patients should sit down with the doctor to have a clear talk on the desired outcomes and the cost before choosing which surgical procedure is best.
How it is Done
After being placed under anesthesia, the breast tissue is pulled outward allowing it to expand. The expanded space is filled with fat taken from the desired fatty area. Fat is removed from the desired selected area using an advanced liposuction treatment that has no incisions and no hospital stays. Fat extracted is refined/ processed to remove impurities before being placed into the breasts to ensure good volume and a definition. The recovery time or process is minimized as there are no hospital stays.