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What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation, also known as breast enlargement or breast implants surgery, is a cosmetic procedure performed by a breast surgeon in Singapore to enhance the size, shape, and symmetry of the breasts. The procedure involves the placement of implants, which are typically made of silicone or saline, beneath the breast tissue or chest muscle to increase the volume and projection of the breasts.
The primary aim of the surgery for bust enhancement in Singapore is to change the shape or size of the breasts to make them look and feel better.
Breast augmentation can help to improve aesthetic concerns related to the size, shape, and symmetry of the breasts. Here are some of the ways that breast augmentation can help to improve a person’s appearance:
1. Breast size
Breast augmentation can increase the size of the breasts, making them larger and fuller. This can help to create a more proportionate figure and enhance the overall contours of the body.
2. Breast shape
Breast augmentation can also improve the shape of the breasts. For example, it can help to create a more rounded, lifted appearance or address a lack of fullness in the upper portion of the breasts.
3. Breast symmetry
Breast augmentation can also help to address breast asymmetry, which is when one breast is a different size or shape than the other. This can help to create a more balanced and natural-looking appearance.
Overall, breast augmentation can help to enhance a person’s appearance and boost their self-esteem. It is important to carefully consider the risks and benefits of the procedure, and to have realistic expectations for the outcome. A qualified plastic surgeon can help you understand if breast augmentation is right for you and discuss the various options available.
Types of Breast Augmentation Approach
There are several different approaches to breast augmentation, each of which may be appropriate for different patients depending on their individual needs and goals. Here are some of the most common types of breast augmentation:
Subglandular breast augmentation:
The breast implant is placed directly behind the breast tissue, but in front of the chest muscle. This method is often used for women who have adequate breast tissue to cover the implant and who want to achieve a more noticeable increase in breast size.
Submuscular breast augmentation:
The implant is placed behind the chest muscle. This method may be recommended for women who have thin skin or little breast tissue, as it can provide more coverage for the implant and a more natural-looking result.
Dual plane breast augmentation:
This method involves placing the implant partially behind the chest muscle and partially behind the breast tissue. It can provide a more natural-looking result and may be a good option for women with moderate sagging or those who want to achieve a more gradual transition between the implant and the natural breast tissue.
Fat transfer breast augmentation: Fat is harvested from another area of the body using liposuction, and then injected into the breast to increase its size and shape. This method can provide a more natural-looking result, but may be limited by the amount of fat available for transfer.
Each of these approaches has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the best suitable option for you will depend on a variety of factors, including your anatomy, the desired outcome, and your surgeon’s recommendations.
Incision Site for Breast Augmentation
Incisions are hidden along natural crease lines or outlines or the areola to reduce visibility of scarring. We will discuss which incision options are appropriate for your desired outcome.
Armpit (Transaxillary) Incision
- Incision is made along armpit crease.
- No visible scar on the breast area.
- Enables breast-feeding after the surgery as it does not damage the mammary glandular tissue.
Breast Fold (Inframammary) Incision
- Incision made along the natural fold below breast.
- Most common incision method.
- Appropriate for inserting large implants.
- Recommended for revision cases who need major correction.
Areola (Periareola) Incision
- Incision made along line or the areola.
- Method can only be used if the diameter of the areola is 3.5cm or more.
- Scar is not obvious.
- Minimal pain compared to other methods.
- Easy to move arms after surgery.
- Nipple sensation after surgery may be affected.
Types of Breast Implants Shape for Breast Augmentation
Breast implants come in different shapes, and the choice of shape will depend on your individual anatomy and desired outcome.
Here are some of the most common types of breast augmentation:
These implants have a circular shape and are typically used to add fullness to the upper part of the breast. They can provide a more dramatic look and may be an option for women who want a more noticeable increase in breast size.
Teardrop or anatomical implants
These implants have a tapered shape that mimics the natural shape of the breast. They are typically used to create a more natural-looking result and may be an option for women who have little natural breast tissue or who want to achieve a more gradual transition between the implant and the natural breast tissue.
These implants have a narrow base and a high projection, which can create a more dramatic, “push-up” effect. They can be an option for women who want to achieve a more pronounced look, but may not be appropriate for women with a wider chest wall or a more natural-looking result.
These implants have a wider base and a lower projection, which can create a more natural-looking result. They may be an option for women with a wider chest wall or those who want to achieve a more subtle increase in breast size.
Breast augmentation can be a life-changing procedure for many women, but it’s important to carefully consider all the potential risks and benefits before making a decision. The choice of surgery approach, technique and implant shape will depend on a variety of factors, including your individual anatomy, the desired outcome, and your surgeon’s recommendations.
It’s important to carefully consider the potential risks and benefits of breast augmentation before making a decision and be sure to consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who can answer your questions and provide guidance on the suitable approach.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Breast Augmentation
This is purely a personal decision. No one can tell you that this specific time is “right” or “wrong” for you to have a breast augmentation. Breast augmentation does not affect the ability to breastfeed your baby. However, doctors do warn about a minimal risk that this procedure may decrease the sensations and interfere with the feeding reflexes essential for breastfeeding.
With age, both augmented and non-augmented breasts will experience some form of sagging and often lose volume due to breastfeeding and hormonal changes secondary to childbirth.
Studies and post-surgical trials after breast augmentation surgery have not identified any challenge related to breastfeeding. The clinical trials have shown that there is no danger of silicone breast implant materials being passed into the breast milk and affecting your child’s health.
Patients with breast implants placed sub-glandularly (above the pectoralis muscle) are more prone to have interference with their mammograms. However, most surgeons greatly reduce this obstruction by placing the implant behind the pectoralis muscle (sub-muscular). You should ask your surgeon for sub-muscular implant to avoid future interference with a mammography.
The breast augmentation procedure is quite safe and you can return to everyday activities within four or five days after surgery. Any swelling, pain, and discomfort can be reduced by taking medications prescribed by your doctor and following appropriate recovery and aftercare. There is no limitation on taking showers after the procedure and you will have to return to the doctor’s office for stitch removal within a week.
Most patients with breast implants return to office work after a week. Those with tough jobs that require heavy weight lifting, pushing, or stretching are advised to take a rest of at least 3 weeks and let the breast tissue heal. Sub-muscular implants take longer to be symptom-free and you may experience mild pain and a little discomfort for an additional week or two.
Most doctors advise returning to light physical activity and exercise after a week. Strenuous activities – such as push ups, bench presses, and weight lifting – that cause stretching of the chest muscles must be avoided for at least a month.
In most of the cases, doctors apply dressing over the small incision area along with a surgical bra to lift the breast and avoid stretching. You may be advised to wear a special bra to put pressure on the upper edge of the breast and to hold it in a lower position. The process of adjustment of a new implant may take several weeks to months. During this time period, you may have to wear unwired bras or sports bras as advised by your doctor.
The bra of your choice will be applicable after the newly implanted implant is in a good position, usually from the fourth week onwards.
It depends on several factors, including;
- Your general health
- Your individual frame
- Your appearance goals
- Previous medical or surgical conditions
The same size implant may look different from patient to patient – according to their built and shape. Your doctor will carefully choose the size and type of implant to fit your appearance goals.
Breast augmentation from a qualified and experienced breast surgeon will leave you with a short and well-hidden scar underneath your breast creases. They may take 6 months to a year to gradually fade and blend into the surrounding skin.
Only complex procedures such as breast lift – that require a big incision (from the base of the breast to the nipple) will have a noticeable scar mark. However, these too can be easily covered up by a bra or a bathing suit top.
What Is The Difference Between Sub-Muscular (Putting Implants “Under” The Muscle) Sub-Glandular (“Over” The Muscle) Implant?
The two most common methods used for breast augmentation include;
- Placing the implant under the pectoralis muscle (sub-muscular)
- Placing the implant between chest muscle and breast tissue (sub-glandular)
Sub-muscular implantation is the most common method used by breast surgeons to reduce post-surgical complications and provide a more natural shape to the breast. It also helps to smooth out the skin sagging and improve the breast contour. Screening for breast cancer and mammograms are easier in the sub-muscular implantation than sub-glandular.
Sub-glandular implantation involves placement of implant close to the skin – above the pectoralis muscle. This option is especially effective for women who want a more “full” and “round” appearance. It also helps correct ptotic breast or “sagging” more quickly than sub-muscular implant. However, it may hinder with breast cancer screening and mammography. Furthermore, it is also linked to a post-surgical condition called “capsular contracture” – in which hardening of the implant occurs due to scarring of the surrounding breast tissue. People with capsular contracture may need additional surgery to remove the scarring and place a new implant.
Sub-glandular implants are more noticeable than sub-muscular ones as they are placed close to the skin. In case of insufficient breast tissue, a patient may feel the edges of the sub-glandular implant.
There are no specific studies or clinical trials indicating that breast implants need to be replaced after 10 years or so. As long as the implant does not pose any health issues, they do not need to be replaced.