Breast augmentation: Options and their advantages

22 January 2019 / / Magazine

Breast augmentation is the most performed and most popular plastic surgery procedure in the United States. Every year, millions of women undergo breast augmentation to make their breasts fuller and shapelier. Having bigger breasts is a sign of femininity and beauty. There are many women who have smaller breasts and want to explore their options for increasing the size and enhancing the shape of their breasts.

There are two options when it comes to breast augmentation: implant surgery and fat transfer. Which of these options is best for you depends on a number of factors, including your aesthetic goals, the specific flaws in your breasts, your overall health, availability of excess fat in your body, etc. If you want to augment your breasts, be sure to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Breast implant surgery

Breast implant surgery is an effective way to add projection and shape to your breasts. The surgery involves the use of prosthetic devices called implants to deliver you the desired results. There are two types of breast implants: silicone implants and saline implants. Silicone implants are the most used implants for breast augmentation.

A silicone implant is made of a silicone shell pre-filled with silicone gel. On the other hand, the saline implant is made of a silicone shell filled with saline solution after inserting the implant inside your breasts. The saline solution inside the implant is completely safe for your health. Both silicone and saline implants come in different shapes and sizes.

Breast implant surgery is performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. In order to qualify for the intervention, you must be in overall good physical and mental health. The procedure starts with the making of an incision on the breast. The size of the incision depends on the size of the implants.

After placing the incision, the plastic surgeon will insert the implant inside the breasts through the incision. There are two choices when it comes to implant placement: underneath or above the pectoral muscle. Most surgeons prefer the first option since it comes with more benefits and lesser risks.

After placing the implant in the intended position and place, the plastic surgeon will suture and close the incision. The results of breast implant surgery will gradually transpire over the next few weeks and months as the post-operative swelling subsides and the incision heals.

Advantages of breast implant surgery

The primary advantage of the breast implant surgery is that it delivers you bigger breasts, unlike the fat transfer procedure. If your primary goal is to achieve bigger breasts rather than shapelier breasts, you should choose breast implant surgery. However, make sure to choose an implant size that goes well with your overall body outline and anatomy.

Secondly, breast implants come in different sizes and shapes. This provides you the freedom to choose the implant of your choice in terms of size and shape. Also, if you are getting the saline implant, it requires a smaller incision, which means the resulting scar will not be as noticeable.

Fat transfer to the breasts

Fat transfer to the breasts is also an effective way to add projection and shape to your breasts. If your breasts are smaller and poorly contoured and you want to make them projected and shapelier, you may consider the fat transfer procedure. However, you must have excess fat in your body to qualify for the surgery because it requires the use of your own body fat as a donor to deliver you the desired outcomes.

The fat transfer procedure is performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. The surgery starts with the removal of excess fat from different parts of your body. The common fat donor areas include the abdomen, sides, flanks, upper back, thighs, calves, etc. The plastic surgeon uses liposuction to remove the fat from the fat donor sites.

Liposuction involves the use of a cannula, which is inserted into the target area through a tiny incision. The cannula is then moved back and forth to set free the fat cells. The fat cells are then removed from the target area with the help of a suction pump. The plastic surgeon has to make sure most of the fat cells are alive, undamaged, and healthy. After removing the fat, the incision is sutured and closed. The same process is repeated on each target area until enough fat is collected for transfer to the breasts.

In the next step, the surgeon will process and purify the fat collected during liposuction. This involves spinning the fat in a centrifuge at high speed. During this process, the impurities, dead fat cells, fluids, and injured fat cells are separated and removed from the pure and alive fat cells.

In the last step, the surgeon will transfer the fat cells to the breasts. He will do so with the help of a special needle. During the fat transfer procedure, the surgeon will be careful because it involves meticulous work and calls for attention to detail. The surgeon has to make sure the desired goals are achieved.

Advantages of the fat transfer procedure

Fat transfer to the breasts comes with many advantages. The procedure is safer than breast implant surgery because it involves the use of your own body fat rather than foreign objects. Secondly, the results are completely natural because your own body fat has been used. Your breasts will feel, look, and move naturally.

Another benefit of fat transfer to the breasts is that it will make your breasts shapelier and perfectly contoured. The surgery’s primary goal is to make your breasts shapelier than bigger. If your goal is to enhance the shape of your breasts rather than making them large, you should consider the fat transfer procedure.

Conclusion

Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure that is used by millions of women each year to enhance their breasts. There are two choices for breast augmentation: implant surgery and fat transfer. Both of these procedures have been discussed in detail above, along with their advantages.

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