Understanding Breast Augmentation
To augment something means to add to it. Breast augmentation means adding to the breasts to make them larger. Today this procedure usually involves an implant, typically made of saline or silicone, or it may be done with fatty tissue taken from another area of the body.
Breast augmentation is one of the most common types of plastic surgery performed today. When performed by a qualified surgeon, breast augmentation lifts and shapes the breasts and can add several inches to the bust line. A woman can increase her breast size by one, two, or even three bra cup sizes if not more.
When breast augmentation is performed with a saline implant, the doctor will make an incision under the bust line and insert the implant, which is then filled with saline. The surgeon must move the implant and shape it while it is being filled so that it looks natural and so that both breasts look even. Once filled, the implant is sealed off and the incision is stitched shut.
An implant may be placed in front of or behind the muscle of the breast. Placing the implant in front of the muscle often offers the best result as it is more likely to resemble the natural breast. However, if a woman has very thin pectoral muscles along the breast the implant may be placed behind it for comfort and for safety. Some surgeons believe that placing the implant under the muscle keeps it in place longer so that the implant lasts longer.
Fat grafting is another form of breast augmentation surgery which uses fatty tissue collected from other areas of the body rather than an actual implant. This fat grafting may be used after breasts are removed entirely due to cancer surgery, or it may be used to correct unevenness in the breasts such as when one is naturally larger than the other. In some cases it’s used to correct improperly placed implants. Fat grafting is considered by some surgeons to be a better type of breast augmentation surgery because it uses the body’s own fatty tissue rather than an artificial implant, so there may be less risk of scar tissue building up around the breasts. Some surgeons have also found fat grafting to be an easier form of augmentation for them to work with, as they can more readily shape and form the fatty tissues with a series of small injections.
If you’re considered breast augmentation, you would do well to understand all the types available to you and to research the risk factors and complications as well.