Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation is commonly known as breast enlargement, boob job, and breast implants. It is also clinically called Augmentation Mammaplasty.

Breast Augmentation is a safe and effective surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. It can be done by way of fat transfer to the breast, known as “fat transfer breast augmentation,” or by the use of breast implants.

Many women seek this procedure in order to restore the fullness and projection of their breasts that have sagged due to pregnancy, or simply because some were born with unattractive breasts and they just want to enhance them. There are also women who seek for breast augmentation for career demands.

The Procedure:

Anaesthesia (General Anaesthesia or Intravenous Sedation) is applied before the incision is done.

The incision to be made depending on the preferred size of enlargement, the type of breast implant, the patient’s anatomy, and the recommendation of the surgeon.

After creating the incisions, the breast implant is attached into the pocket by either over the pectoral muscle and underneath the breast tissue, or under the pectoral muscle.

The incisions will then be closed using layered sutures and surgical tape.

Risks and Complications:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Pain
  • Scarring
  • Anaesthesia risks
  • Wrong positioning of the implants that will lead to revision of surgery
  • Loss of sensation of the breast or nipple
  • Capsular contracture
  • Rupture or leakage the implant
  • Seroma (fluid accumulation)
  • Wrinkling of the skin around and over the implant
  • Gel diffusion
  • Granulomas (inflammatory lesions of the breast)

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How long does the breast implant procedure last?
The breast implant procedure normally takes 1 to 2 hours. It could be longer at times depending on the patient’s case.

2. What is the recovery like?
There will be soreness and swelling for a few weeks. You will also need to wear a surgical bra 24 hours a day for a week or 2.

3. How long does an implant last?
The implants age, rupture or wear out in time. Recent studies show that the problems with the implants may occur 8 to 10 years after the surgery.

4. Is it necessary to have mammograms for those who have breast augmentation?
Yes, if you are 50 years old above, you should have mammogram check up every 2 years. And this should be done by a trained technician, otherwise, the implant or gel diffusion may rupture.