Breast augmentation these days is a widely discussed topic; a slut of information is available online and it’s no longer frowned upon. But while the Internet is flooded with articles about it, there are still a lot of misconceptions that need to be addressed so that people don’t rush into it like it’s some kind of miraculous cure that doesn’t bring along risks or flaws. What this post attempts to do is shed more light on the things that are rarely paid attention to and oftentimes ignored. Stick around.
- 1 What is Breast Augmentation Surgery?
- 2 Incision Placement in Breast Augmentation
- 3 Types of Breast Implants
- 4 Is It Worth Getting Breast Augmentation Surgery?
- 5 Important Factors to Consider Before Going under the Knife
- 5.1 Your breast implants come with a certain shelf life
- 5.2 Breast lift is not the same as breast augmentation
- 5.3 Choosing between saline and silicone implants is not as easy as ABC
- 5.4 What you get right after your procedure is not the end result
- 5.5 Breast augmentation (implant surgery) and breast reconstruction are two different things
- 6 Cost of Breast Augmentation in Singapore
What is Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Breast augmentation is a surgical intervention attempting to make the breasts larger in size and more proportionate. It works with breast implants, which are special devices that go inside the breast tissue, just over or behind the muscle. They come in various sizes and shapes so they can create the personal look that every individual dreams about.
Breast augmentation, which also goes by the name breast enlargement or enhancement, takes a while to perform and requires the use of general anaesthesia. It is carried out by cosmetic or plastic surgeons in an operating theatre. After that, the patient needs to remain in the clinic for a couple of days to get monitored.
Incision Placement in Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is pretty advanced these days. Different techniques are implemented based on the person’s anatomy and goals. Sometimes the specialist makes cuts under the breast – that’s the inframammary incision – so they can insert the breast implant through it. In other patients, they may also go for the armpit, which is known as a transaxillary incision.
There is another type of cut that runs around the areola and is known as the periareolar incision. And finally, in some cases, surgeons try to slide the devices via the navel; hence, this one is called a transumbilical incision.
The reason there are so many different approaches in breast augmentation is that they facilitate the placement process and make the resulting scar invisible to the naked eye.
Types of Breast Implants
Regardless of the materials it was made of, every breast implant consists of an outer shell and a filler material at the centre. There are two different shapes: oval and teardrop. The former is much more convenient and here is why. Once the implants are inserted, they can move around the breast over time. If they are oval, no difference in the bust will be noticed whatsoever.
However, if they are teardrop-shaped, this can distort the results. That being said, teardrop shapes look more natural.
Now, let’s have a glance at the two main materials that go into breast implants.
Silicone breast implants
This is the most popular type and everyone has heard of them. For years, this material was the norm when it came to breast augmentation. Because it feels more like actual breast tissue and creates fascinating results, it’s not surprising why women prefer it. It comes in textured and smooth shells alike.
Without a doubt, the best feature is the fact that silicone can retain the same shape for a long time due to the thickness of the gel used. However, nowadays most doctors advise against its use for there is a chance that it could leak and put patients’ health at risk.
Saline implants are filled with a salt solution and have a silicone shell to keep the liquid in place. If it leaks, it will not harm the surrounding breast tissue, nor will it cause any damage to the rest of the body. On the contrary, the natural waste system will take care of it. Saline is a perfectly safe solution and that’s one of the reasons it’s a preferred option for breast implantation.
We’ve written a more extensive article detailing everything you need to know about the different types of breast implants.
Is It Worth Getting Breast Augmentation Surgery?
A huge number of ladies who undergo breast augmentation are more than impressed with the results and swear they won’t go back to their normal breast size. Of course, there also are patients who are unsatisfied with the outcome and who later regret having done the procedure altogether. Considering that this is surgery which requires anaesthesia, has a long recovery, and comes with risks, you should deliberate on whether you want it or not. Take your time. Let the idea settle.
Check out people who already did it and watch videos of actual breast surgery (there are some on the web). If this doesn’t change your mind, then schedule a consultation with a specialist and have a wide discussion about why you want to go under the knife. They will show you photos of previous patients to help you ascertain if breast augmentation is something you would like to experience.
Important Factors to Consider Before Going under the Knife
As mentioned above, you should not rush into a decision about something that will change your entire life. It is best to sit down and think it through very carefully. Check out some things you need to consider prior to the operation.
Your breast implants come with a certain shelf life
Here is the thing. Being made of durable materials, breast implants can withstand a long time in your chest but they will lose their shine at some point. And they will need to be replaced. You can expect them to last you more than 10 years after which they had better be removed.
In order to find when the right time is to do so, you will have to schedule annual check-ups with your doctor who will examine the devices and see how they are holding up. Sometimes you will receive MRI scans to identify any leaks (applies to silicone implants).
On the whole, what this means is that you have to undergo surgery every few years if you want to maintain the desired breast size.
Breast lift is not the same as breast augmentation
While these two procedures can be combined, they have different purposes. A breast lift, as the name makes it obvious right away, is a manipulation that attempts to correct sagging breasts by removing excess fat cells and skin, as well as tightening everything together.
Oftentimes, a woman’s chest loses firmness with age and especially after giving birth. This can be traumatic and lead to a destroyed self-esteem. Adding breast implants to a saggy bust will actually enhance the problem making it more obvious, so it is not recommended at all. Instead, women should consider a breast lift first. Or else, a combination of both manipulations, called augmentation mastopexy, should be up for discussion. In addition, breast lift is commonly performed after a breast reduction surgery.
Choosing between saline and silicone implants is not as easy as ABC
Selecting the right type of breast implant may be a tricky one. There are a lot of factors to take into account. First, it’s the size. It will depend on your skin’s elasticity, posture, and proportions. Second, the texture of the breast implant is of the essence – do you want a textured shell or a smooth one? Both saline and silicone breast implants have this option.
Then, you have to think about what shape you are going for: teardrop-shaped or round. And sometimes it’s not only about what you want but rather about what your body allows for, so your specific characteristics will in part dictate the material and shape to stick with.
What you get right after your procedure is not the end result
When you wake up after surgery and take a look at your breasts, just remember that this is not how they are going to look after two weeks, let alone after two months. It will take a while before they assume their final shape.
For starters, there will be lots of swelling following the procedure, making them appear a little less natural than they should. Second, they will sit higher than normal but that will change gradually over time. So, you need to wait for the breast implants to adjust to the right position before you enjoy the full perks.
Breast augmentation (implant surgery) and breast reconstruction are two different things
Breast augmentation is more often than not administered for cosmetic purposes to help women increase the size of their natural busts and thus improve their self-esteem. In comparison, breast reconstruction is necessary when a patient has undergone mastectomy as a result of which their breasts were partially or entirely removed. Both procedures are conducted by a qualified specialist (cosmetic or plastic surgeons) but neither of them is required for medical reasons.
Cost of Breast Augmentation in Singapore
Breast augmentation is one of these cosmetic procedures that can blow your budget. It runs along the lines of $15,000 and is not covered by insurance. Needless to say, this is just a ballpark figure: the price can go up but it rarely goes down (it depends on the clinic you stick with).
Bear in mind that the actual estimate of your breast augmentation may be a little different after you add in all extra costs. What affects the price are things like the type of breast implant you want, the operating room charges, and the surgeon’s reputation.