Breast Augmentation

The breast, which has a very important function like breastfeeding in women, is of great importance for an aesthetic appearance as well as this function. Especially small-breasted women want to have bigger breasts to feel better with self-confidence. Within the scope of today's health technologies, breast augmentation operations can be performed using different techniques.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation surgery is the process of enlarging the breasts with silicone implants or fat injection in women with small breasts.

Especially small-breasted women want to have bigger breasts to feel better with self-confidence. Within the scope of today's health technologies, breast augmentation operations can be performed using different techniques.

With this operation, the breasts can be brought to the desired color. Sometimes volume loss and shrinkage may occur in one breast and sometimes in both breasts. Volume loss may develop due to conditions such as pregnancy or excessive weight loss, or it may be due to developmental defects. After the operation, women have large, plump breasts that create self-confidence with an aesthetic appearance. Breast augmentation surgery involves placing a prosthesis under the breast tissue and enlarging the breast volume. During breast augmentation surgery, breast tissue can be recovered and conditions such as sagging or looseness can be corrected.

Who Can Have Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Women's dissatisfaction with the size of their breasts and their desire to have an aesthetic appearance are the most common reasons for breast augmentation surgeries. Because small breasts create a lack of self-confidence for many women. Apart from all these, people who have the following problems can also have breast augmentation surgery:

  • Eliminating the disproportionate appearance of the body when the breasts are small and creating a proportional appearance between the hips and the chest,
  • In cases where the two breasts are of different sizes, using prostheses to create an equal height and symmetrical appearance on the breasts,
  • After pregnancy, breast volume loss or sagging may occur, this sagging and volume loss can be eliminated by breast augmentation surgery,
  • Congenital absence of breasts due to developmental disorders in the mother's womb,
  • Removal of all or part of the breast due to breast cancer,
  • Implant or prosthesis replacement due to aging or loss of properties of breast implants or prostheses,
  • Bringing the breasts to an aesthetic appearance in cases where breast development is completed due to chest wall anomaly,
  • Breast creation in sex reassignment operations.

The success rate of breast augmentation surgeries performed by a specialist physician in a clinical setting is high.

What are Breast Augmentation Methods?

Stem cells or adipose tissue in the body can be used in breast augmentation surgery. But the use of silicones or silicones containing salt water is much more common. Prostheses are classified according to their shape, content and surface structure:

  • Prostheses by Shape: Anatomical (drop) prosthesis, round prosthesis.
  • Prostheses by Content: Silicone prosthesis, prosthesis containing physiological saline.
  • Prostheses by Surface Structure: Rough-surfaced prosthesis, flat-surfaced prosthesis.

The body structure is important for the type of prosthesis to be applied, as well as the doctor's recommendations and the expectations of the patients.

Where is the incision made in Breast Augmentation Surgery?

After the method to be used for breast augmentation is determined, the area where the incision will be made is determined before the surgery. There are 4 different regions where the incision can be made. These are the armpit area, around the nipple, under the breast and belly area. The causes and consequences for these incision sites are as follows:

  • Nipple incisions are made from the brown area called the areola. The healing time of this invisible and small incision is also fast. There is a risk of damage to the milk ducts in this incision method.
  • When the incision is made under the breast, the remaining scar is very faint. There is no risk of damage to the milk ducts or adhesion of the breast to the chest wall in incisions made under the breast.
  • When the incision is made from the navel or armpit, there is no stitching or scar formation. In this incision method, the placement of the prosthesis is performed endoscopically.

Although the most preferred incision area is under the breast, these methods are not preferred too much because the bacteria accumulation will be higher in the incisions to be made in the areola or armpit area.

How is Breast Augmentation Surgery Performed?

After deciding on the incision site, the patient is placed under general anesthesia. The steps followed during the operation are as follows:

  • Muscle and connective tissues and breast tissue are separated from each other,
  • A pocket is created in front of or behind the muscle called the pectoral muscle, which is located at the outermost part of the chest wall, depending on the procedure to be performed.
  • The implant placed in the pocket is centered behind the nipple,
  • Implants containing saline are placed empty, sterile saline is injected into the placed implant,
  • In case of using a silicone implant, it is filled with silicone gel before the implant is placed,
  • After the procedures are completed, the incision is closed by suturing and bandage is applied.

Although it varies according to the type of application, the average operation time is between 1.5 and 2 hours. Although breast prostheses offer a lifetime of use, regular control is required to prevent possible leakage or similar problems. Choosing a specialist surgeon is important for the success of the operation.

What are Non-Surgical Breast Augmentation Methods?

Fat injection is not recommended if aesthetic problems are to be eliminated in breast augmentation surgeries. Because fat injections contain stem cells and this is a risk factor for the breast, which is one of the most common areas of cancer development. In non-surgical breast augmentation operations with fat injection, the fat to be used for injection should be taken from the person himself. As a matter of fact, some people may not have enough fat to be used in breast augmentation due to their thinness. Therefore, it is not possible to augment breasts with non-surgical methods. Apart from all these, fat injection is not a long-lasting method in breast augmentation. Because over time, some of the injected fat melts and this causes a 40 to 50 percent volume loss in the breasts.

As a result, implant or prosthesis applications in breast augmentation operations are much less risky compared to fat injection. Although the demands of the patients are decisive, the physician should decide on the most accurate method that can be applied as a result of the necessary controls.

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