Breast augmentation is also known as augmentation mammoplasty, breast enhancement or mammoplasty enlargement. According to the Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery, augmentation mammoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure where implants are inserted into the breasts to enhance their size. Not only does it enhance the size of a woman’s breasts, but it also helps in reconstruction after a mastectomy. Such breast enhancement may also be achieved without surgery.
Reasons for Breast Enhancement
Women may want to undergo breast enhancement because of the following reasons:
– They want to boost their self confidence and self esteem.
– They want to enhance their beauty.
– Reconstruction of breasts after illnesses like breast cancer.
– Improving physical appearance after weight loss.
– Improving physical appearance after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Some men undergo breast enhancement, but as a ‘pectoral implant’ when they want to have a sex change. Pectoral implant is a male version of augmentation mammoplasty which is done to increase their chest wall size.
Breasts implants have been in existence since 1800s. Then, they were used to improve the shape of breasts. The materials used for implants included ox cartilage, polyethelene chips, silastic rubber and many more.
Since then, the materials used for implants have changed. Here are the types of implants available in this day and age for you to choose from:
Saline – These are filled with sterile salty water. If the implant shell breaks and starts leaking, the saline water will be absorbed and expelled naturally by the body.
Silicone – These are filled with gel which feels more like breast tissue. If the implant breaks, the gel may escape to the implant pocket or remain inside the implant shell. Having these implants means that you’ll need to visit your surgeon regularly to check whether your implants are functioning well.
Textured – These implants take advantage of scar tissue that sticks to them thus making them immobile. Texturing highly reduces the risk of a tight scar.
Smooth – This type of implants has the softest feeling and can move within the breast implant pocket, hence giving a more natural movement. They may have visible rippling.
Round – These implants make breasts appear fuller. They are less likely to move out of place because they have a uniform round shape.
Gummy – These are also known as form-stable implants, because they maintain their shape even when their shells are broken. They are filled with a special type of gel which is thicker than traditional silicone gel. They are also firmer and less likely to break.
If you want to undergo an augmentation mammoplasty, it’s essential that you carry out a thorough research so that you can be familiar with all the pros and cons. It is a surgical procedure that needs a lot of reflection concerning the expected outcomes and likely risks. It’s not something to be taken lightly.
Although there are a lot of plastic surgery clinics in Australia that you can choose from, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons has useful information about all the qualified plastic surgeons in Australia.