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Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure performed for the purpose of increasing the breast size and of enhancing the breast shape, through the placement of silicone or saline breast implants. However, from a cosmetic surgeon's standpoint, the objective of breast augmentation is to enhance the patient's natural proportions, creating a more symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing breast profile. There are also common objectives of breast augmentation, which add up to its main purpose, and they are: restore breast fullness lost after pregnancy and breastfeeding, add balance to better complement the curvy hips, and enhance self-confidence and self-image.

 

There are a variety of breast cosmetic surgery implants choices, but these options have to be fully discussed with the cosmetic or plastic surgeon, for the patient to have a bigger understanding of the entire procedure and, at the same time, for the surgeon to explain and help choose which breast implants will suit the patient's existing breast proportions including the patient's desired goal. The filling materials in breast implants are saline, silicone gel or highly cohesive silicone "gummy bear" implants. Each is different from one another according to cost, feel and incision requirements. Shapes of the breast implants vary, such that saline and silicone gel are typically round, while the "gummy bear" implants come in shaped and round options, like a fuller upper pole on the top portion of the breasts or a gently sloping look. Petite patients will require a higher profile implant, which is not too wide at the base of the breasts. And the breast implant sizes range from aout 150 cc to 800 cc or even larger. There are times that the breast implant sizes are not equal in order to achieve the best possible asymmetry. Although the final breast implant size will depend on the existing breast size of the patient, her personal goals, and the cosmetic surgeon's recommendations.

 

Depending on the patient's anatomy and her desired goal, there are incision techniques to choose from, but which the cosmetic surgeon will discuss with the patient and they are: inframammary, peri-areolar, trans-axillary, and transumbilical.

 

The inframammary involves a short incision somewhere in the crease, which is underneath the breast called inframammary fold. A scar of about 1-2 inch will be left but will be concealed within the crease. The advantage of this incision technique is that it allows for a wider access point for larger silicone or "gummy bear" breast enlargement cheshire and with precision.

 

Peri-areolar incision is made around the outer edge of the areola, such that the resulting scar is located within this natural transition in pigmentation. This technique is applicable for mild to moderate breast lift.

 

Trans-axillary entails a small incision made within the armpit, where the cosmetic surgeon will place the breast implant, using a specialized camera and instruments to ensure optimal placement. There is a small scar within the armpit and leaves no scar on the breast itself.

 

Transumbilical requires an incision just above the belly button and the breast implant is inserted through this incision and brought up to the breast. There is a single scar, but no scarring on the breast.

 

 

Breast augmentation is a safe surgery with long-lasting results and many patients, who have undergone this procedure, are pleased with the results.