Breast augmentation, also referred to as "augmentation mammaplasty," is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the shape and increase the size of a woman's breasts.
Most patients experience a boost of self-confidence and enjoy a shaplier physique as a result of undergoing breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation is appropriate for patients who desire larger and more proportionate breasts. Women may consider breast augmentation if they have naturally small breasts or if their breasts have become deflated as a result of pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or aging. Patients who are also concerned with sagging breasts may require a breast lift to achieve the optimal result.
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Breast Implant Options
There are many implant options available. Women can choose between shaped or round, silicone or saline, high or moderate profile, and a wide range of sizes. Your surgeon will recommend the most suitable implant for you based on your unique anatomy and desires for the procedure.
Breast Implant Types
Implants are available in both round and anatomical shapes. Round implants can give the breasts a fuller and more voluptuous appearance, while shaped implants provide a more natural and conservative result. However, before choosing shaped implants, patients should consider the fact that they may shift or rotate in the pocket, creating displeasing abnormalities.
Women who are planning on undergoing breast augmentation can choose between low, moderate, and high profile implants. The implant profile refers to how much it projects from the chest wall. Low profile implants are appropriate for patients with substantial existing breast tissue or women who want a conservative augmentation. Moderate and high profile implants are ideal for those with minimal breast tissue who desire a prominent breast profile.
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Top Breast Implant Companies
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Allergan, one of the world’s largest breast implants manufacturers, entered the breast implants market in 2006 with the acquisition of Inamed. Its Natrelle® collection offers a wide range of silicone gel and saline breast implant options.
Sientra® received FDA approval in 2012 for its silicone gel breast products that use proprietary branded TRUE texture, also known as ‘gummy bear’ implants. Sientra® is the only company in the US to offer a full series of breast implants including shaped implants and standard round implants that are exclusively available to board-certified plastic surgeons.
Acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2009, Mentor® offers a wide range of silicone and saline breast implants and products for breast augmentation and breast reconstruction.
Breast Augmentation Process
The consultation appointment with your surgeon includes a thorough analysis of your health history, any medications you are taking, and what you wish to achieve with the procedure. You should have all of this information on hand when you come to your appointment. The surgeon will discuss which techniques will best provide you with the results you desire and answer any questions you may have.
Breast augmentation is typically performed using general anesthesia and takes about two hours to complete. Based on the plan developed during your consultation, the surgeon will place the implants either above or below the pectoral muscle. Incisions are most commonly created either around the areolas (periareolar), beneath the breasts at the crease (inframammary), in the underarm (transaxillary), or through the umbilicus (transumbilical or TUBA) and are closed with sutures. Your surgeon will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each to help determine the best incision location for you.
After surgery, it is likely that you will be advised to wear a compression garment to aid with swelling and to minimize discomfort. Swelling will subside considerably after about three weeks but may last as long as a few months. For the first few days after your surgery, you will need to get plenty of rest and avoid bending or lifting. Most patients can go back to work within one week and resume regular exercise after about six weeks. Your surgeon will provide you with more detailed information about what you can expect during your recovery.
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