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What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast Augmentation is a type of plastic surgery that increases the size or shape of the breast using implants or body fats. This medical procedure gives the chest better contour and cleavage for a fuller looking breast while still maintaining its natural look that’s proportional to your overall figure.
Reasons for Breast Augmentation
Patients undergo breast augmentation for the following reasons:
- Primary Breast enhancement
- Restoring of breast size due to post pregnancy or weight loss
- Breast reconstruction after injury or illness
Breast Implant Procedures
There are two (2) types of implants used for the Breast Augmentation procedure: One is the medical-grade silicone gel and the other is called saline. Silicone breast implants are composed of pre-filled silicone gel whereas saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water with an outer silicone gel. Before the surgery, the patient needs to undergo a medical evaluation from the doctor. During the surgery, the patient will be given anesthesia for a pain-free operation.
Note that there are specified age restrictions when undergoing breast augmentation in the Philippines. The minimum age for breast augmentation is 18 years old. The procedure takes more than 1 to 2 hours depending on the complexity.
During the surgery, an incision will be performed either on the following areas:
- In breast fold (Inframammary) Incision
- Under arm (Transaxillary) Incision
- Around the nipple (Periareolar) Incision
The plastic surgeon places the implant above or below the chest wall muscles. For silicone implants, it is directly inserted in the breast. For saline-filled implants, the doctor needs to insert the silicone shell first then fill it with the desired level of saline. After the insertion of the implant, the incision is closed with stitches or surgical tape.
Another option is the Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation that uses the body’s natural fats through liposuction. This is a safe and natural breast implant surgery since the fat that is transferred to the breast is taken from other parts of the body such as the stomach or hips. Compared to the other breast augmentation procedures, this type of surgery gives permanent results. Fat transfer is most recommended to patients who prefer to have only a small increase in breast size.
Breast Implant Recovery
After the surgery, the breast needs to be wrapped with a gauze or surgical bra to minimize swelling and give extra support. The patient may experience some pain that will eventually subside for a month. The doctor will give follow-up appointments, and will prescribe medications such as pain relievers to alleviate discomfort. The patient also needs to refrain from lifting heavy objects or perform physical activities for a few weeks until the cut is healed. If bleeding, swelling, or any symptoms of infection is experienced, it is a must to consult the plastic surgeon immediately.
Breast implants (except from the Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation procedure) does not last for a lifetime. For saline implants, it should be replaced once the implant starts to deflate. Silicone implants should also be replaced when the implant begins to harden. The length time of breast implants is approximately 20 years. Asking for follow-up checkups should also be considered.
Book for an Appointment
If you are considering a breast augmentation surgery, make sure to understand the possible risks and complications. Consult our professional plastic surgeons at Megaesthetics Center to understand the breast implant procedures and its corresponding cost. Call us at 637-9661 to 68 loc 120 today!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
First week after surgery, you will be instructed to sleep on your back with two pillows (high back rest), instead of your side to help reduce the swelling. This will help your breasts stay in the perfect position during the initial healing process. Avoid picking up anything greater than 1-2 lbs. for the first week and avoid strenuous physical activities. Do not swim or engage in contact sport, e.g. volleyball, for 1 month since injuries are common.