We often get questions regarding breast augmentation in Singapore ranging from what are the most popular methods, how much they cost, how long is the recovery and more. So we’ve decided to answer all those questions that we get a lot in this article. If you don’t see your question answered here, don’t hesitate to ask and we’ll either reply to you directly or write another post about your questions. Without any further delay, here are your questions and our answers.

What is the difference between breast augmentation and breast implants?

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Breast augmentation is a term that describes the process of enlarging the breasts and it can be carried out using different surgical treatments. One way to do that is through breast implants. They are synthetic prostheses made of silicone or saline solution that are inserted into the breasts. Put another way, implants are a type of breast augmentation. Another method of increasing boob size is fat transfer, the fat cells being extracted from other areas in the body using liposuction.

Which type of breast implant feels the most natural?

Silicone is the material whose texture resembles the most what natural breast tissue feels to the touch. In fact, gummy bear implants come with a special gel that gives the best feel and allows them to retain their shape. They also have a tear-drop shape which is pretty much what normal breasts look like. In comparison, saline implants, although considered a safer alternative, do not feel as natural as their silicone counterparts. Over the last few years, the Motiva implants have increased in popularity due to their natural feel and safety.

What’s the safest breast implant?

Both silicone and saline implants are safe for breast reconstruction and augmentation as long as they are carried out by an experienced surgeon at an accredited facility. Prior to that, a number of exams should be performed on the patient and their medical history taken. This will ensure that they are a good fit. There is a safer alternative to breast implants and that’s fat transfer using the person’s own fat deposits. The best part about it is that it carries no risk of the body rejecting the implanted tissue. Of course, it can still create complications.

Can breast implants cause rib pain?

Cases, where the implant was inserted under the chest muscles, could bring about discomfort and pain in the ribs during the healing phase. This is because the breast implants will stretch the pectoralis muscles, which lie on the rib cage. Don’t worry, this should subside over time. But if you develop pain in the rib cage months or years after breast augmentation, you should run it by your attending doctor. It could be some nerve issue.

How much are breast implants?

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It depends on factors like the type of implants, doctor’s experience, location, and any other additional fees. In Singapore, the cost of breast implants is on the higher end of the spectrum, ranging from SGD$12,000 to SGD$16,000. Around the world, breast augmentation runs between $5,000 and $10,000. Since this is an elective procedure that is performed to improve one’s looks rather than fix a health problem, the majority of health insurance providers will not cover this type of treatment and the patient has to pay for it out of pocket.

Can breast implants cause cysts?

In rare cases, breast enhancement using fat grafting might cause oil cysts as a result of fat necrosis. Oil cysts are benign in nature and do not call for any special treatment but they can cause temporary pain in the affected area. The risk of this is smaller when you undergo the treatment in an accredited establishment. However, you should keep in mind that surgeons are not in control of how your body responds to certain procedures. Keep that in mind when you are reviewing your breast augmentation options.

How long do the breast implants last?

The average period as estimated by the American FDA is 10 years. That being said, it is known that some breast implants can have an extended shelf life, whereas others don’t merely last a few years. In order to ensure that your implants are well taken care of, the first thing you need to do is get a certified surgeon to perform the treatment. Then, you should also use quality products. Finally, don’t forget to follow your aftercare instructions rigidly to obtain the maximum results and prolong the life of the prostheses. This will help them last much longer than expected.

Can you breastfeed with breast implants?

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The majority of women have no difficulty with this. It has to be said that your ability to breastfeed depends mainly on the type of incision used for the breast implants and the original condition of your breasts prior to that. Even though the very process of breastfeeding should not be affected per se, the same doesn’t apply to the amount of milk you can produce and feed to the baby.

Do breast implants need to be replaced?

Yes. Replacing is absolutely necessary. You may not feel like it but you should remember that implants were not designated to endure a lifetime. According to reports from the FDA, the longer you have silicone breast implants, the bigger the odds of rupture and deflation. Thus, it is strongly recommended that you have them replaced after 10 years of use. This rule of thumb applies to saline breast implants too. Even if no complication occurs, it is likely that they shift position over time or change their aesthetics owing to natural ageing.

What happens if you don’t replace breast implants?

As the implants age, your breast shape may undergo changes that will make you want to have a replacement procedure. Other problems that can occur are capsular contracture and breast implant rupture. This is something that you should be informed about in advance so you can watch out for it and contact your doctor if you notice any unexpected symptoms.

Do breast implants shrink over time?

Breast implants do not get smaller over time unless there’s leakage which is usually accompanied by some symptoms like pain and discomfort. Right after the procedure, your chest will be swollen; it’s a normal reaction. But after a while, the swelling will be gone, which may make it seem as if you are losing volume from the breasts. Don’t worry, the tissue around the implants is just repositioning itself, which could explain the visual changes.

Another way to interpret loss of projection in the chest is that the ribs get remodelled as a result of the pressure coming from the prostheses. Last but not least, weight fluctuations could impact the size and definition of the bust. If you shed some pounds after the treatment, this will reflect on your breast augmentation results.

Do breast implants increase cancer risk?

Breast cancer happens irrespective of breast implants or lack thereof. Research has shown that saline and silicone breast implants do not add to the breast cancer risk. The only problem with prostheses is that they may make it more difficult to detect possibly cancerous lumps on a mammogram or ultrasound.

How much does breast augmentation cost in Singapore?

In Singapore, the price of these procedures skyrockets to $16,000 provided that you go to a certified clinic. Of course, it could be less expensive than that. Truth is, you can always find cheaper facilities but with low price come low standards and increased risk of complications. If you want to have a safe procedure and enjoy aesthetic results in the years to come, you should stick to someone who is well versed in breast augmentation.

What is the average cost of breast augmentation?

On average, breast augmentation across the globe costs anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 excluding medication and physical check-ups. When you get to discuss the price with your doctor, be sure to ask about all the fees that may apply to the final bill. You do not want to miss any hidden charges. Don’t forget to bring up the topic of health insurance. It doesn’t hurt to know your options.

How painful is breast augmentation recovery?

It’s hard to tell the amount of pain that someone is going to experience because everybody has a different pain threshold. What you should know is that the pain from breast augmentation is nothing that painkillers cannot fix. It will vary in intensity throughout the day, and as you carry out certain activities, but it will not be unbearable. Don’t worry, it will begin to resolve within 2-3 weeks following the treatment and you will quickly forget about it.

When can I sleep on my side after breast augmentation?

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You should wait at least two weeks after surgery before you are cleared to sleep on your side. Sometimes even if you get the green light from your doctor, you may notice that your body isn’t ready for this yet. Pay attention to the signs. If you don’t feel comfortable, perhaps you can give your breasts more than two weeks’ time to recuperate. As well as this, it is best to eschew sleeping on your stomach for 6 months. Taking proper care of yourself always goes a long way.

When to exercise after breast augmentation?

You can go back to light exercises, heavy lifting excluded, at the four week’s mark after breast augmentation. Stay away from push-ups at all costs. It is safe to resume all forms of exercise six weeks post-op. But before you do anything that may negatively impact the implants or compromise the results, make sure to run it by your doctor. You will read tons of information online that won’t always apply to you. On the other hand, your physician is familiar with your particular case and can give you personalised advice based on your condition.

Will breast augmentation lift my breast?

Breast implants work by increasing the size of the chest rather than lifting it. If you have previous sagging, the procedure will not fix the problem entirely, although the surgeon can remove excess skin. An implant can remove a tad bit of sagging with smaller busts, though. It is essential that you have the right mindset and expectations before you go under the knife.

How to prepare for breast augmentation?

The day before the treatment, wash your body and hair and get plenty of rest. Do not take any medication unless ordered by your doctor. Avoid eating and drinking at least 8 hours before your breast augmentation begins. And don’t forget to get a good night’s sleep. If you are nervous, talk to your surgeon about taking a sleeping pill.

Will insurance cover breast augmentation for asymmetry?

In most cases, breast augmentation and implant replacements are not covered by health insurance, the reason being they are cosmetic treatments executed for aesthetic reasons. Certain plans may pay the expenses for treatments that address congenital asymmetry and undeveloped muscles on one side of the chest (Poland syndrome). You should discuss your payment options with your health care provider of choice.

How long does fat transfer breast augmentation last?

Some of the fat deposits that are transferred to your bust will be absorbed by the body the first weeks following your procedure. The remaining ones will be permanent and they will always be in your chest. Unlike breast implants that have to be replaced after a while, fat grafting creates long-lasting results.

How long to wear a compression band after breast augmentation?

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A compression band is typically worn above the breasts for one to six weeks after surgery. This timeframe may be extended depending on your individual needs. Your doctor will decide how long you should use a strap.

When can I wear an underwire after breast augmentation?

After six months following your breast augmentation surgery. The reason you want to avoid wires is because they may put pressure on the wound and slow down its healing. A better way to go is to wear a sports bra instead.

Why can’t you wear underwire bras after breast augmentation?

It is not advisable to wear underwire bras after breast augmentation as this will create skin friction and irritate the wound. Not only that, but it will cause discomfort and may even give rise to complications. An underwire bra should be avoided up to 6 months post-op or as long as your surgeon instructs. Doctor-approved support garments are sports bras.

How long does it take for breast implants to look normal?

At best, it will take three months before the results begin to materialise in full. Your doctor might have mentioned already that after the procedure, the implants will sit a little bit too high on the chest, making it look unnatural. Over time, as the tissue around them heals and repositions, they will gradually move down and take on their final position. Needless to say, this takes time and patience.