Breast augmentation is a procedure to increase or restore breast size, fullness and projection, improve symmetry, better proportion the figure, and improve self-image and self-confidence. Augmentation involves the use of to breast implants or fat transfer.
Multiple pregnancies, nursing, and weight loss affect the size and shape of the breasts, augmentation can restore lost breast tissue. Breast augmentation is also important for reconstruction after a mastectomy.
The reason a woman seeks breast augmentation is very personal. Importantly, the woman should do this for herself. It is well established that aesthetic interventions result in patients projecting a better first impression and experiencing a better mood, and improved self-esteem.
Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the US for the second year in a row. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), almost 300,000 women had breast augmentation in 2016. In 2017, the ASPS reports that about 550,000 women received breast implants.
The latest implants provide better results and generally do not require replacement, and they have a natural look and feel. Now implants last much longer than 10 years, and women seek replacement to improve the look and feel of their breasts.
There are a multitude breast implant shapes, sizes and profiles available. Today all silicone breast implants contain a silicone cohesive gel which prevents leakage, and the implants better hold their shape. They also offer improved volume at the cleavage.
Reducing the risk of a rupture or leak, is significant because leakage is one of the primary reasons for replacement. Leakage can allow the gel to get into the body, creating an inflammatory response which can require additional surgery or replacement.
Improvement in Surgical Technique
Improvement in surgical technique – placing the implants under the muscle – is minimally invasive, with less scarring, and allows for faster recovery. Under the muscle implants also ensure perky, natural and firm results. Patients over age 40 may need a breast lift as well as implants to achieve the desired results.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Fat transfer breast augmentation involves harvesting fat from one part of the body, with liposuction, and placing it into the breasts. This procedure offers a modest increase in breast size, and is perfect to correct small defects and symmetry issues. Data shows an increase in the use of fat grafting by 72% in 2016.
One advantage is that the body will not reject the transferred fat because it is your own tissue. Fat transfer also provides the look and feel of normal breast tissue.
Fat transfer is often chosen to enhance the appearance of existing implants. It can provide subtle enhancement, and added contour to improve breast shape. Recovery is just 3-5 days with only minimal soreness and swelling.
Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation is major surgery and requires anesthesia, pain medication and a week’s recovery. Pinehurst breast augmentation surgeons use the no-touch technique that allows your surgeon to insert silicone breast implants without touching them, thereby eliminating the risk of infection.
Pinehurst breast augmentation surgeons offer minimally invasive, under the muscle augmentation which reduces recovery time to as little as 24 hours. When considering breast augmentation, contact our expert breast surgeons. Schedule a consultation and learn about risks and benefits of procedure type and implant type, as well as fat transfer augmentation. Find out if you are a good candidate. Your Pinehurst surgeon can show you all the shapes and sizes, and types of implants.
At Pinehurst Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center in Pinehurst, NC we focus on your needs in a private, comfortable environment. We offer breast augmentation for patients in Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Albemarle, Sanford, Pittsboro, Laurinburg, Wadesboro, NC and surrounding areas.