Breast Augmentation

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Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Singapore

The breasts are a natural and important part of the female body, and should rightfully get the care and attention they deserve. Whether it is the desire to change the size or shape of the breast, or to counter the effects of weight gain, weight loss or pregnancy, our plastic surgeon can recommend the most suitable procedure to achieve your needs.

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation refers to increasing breast size or shape to create a more desirable appearance. This is commonly done either using implants or fat grafting.

The benefits of breast augmentation include larger breasts, a more shapely silhouette, and psychological well-being. Breast augmentation with implants involves the placement of silicone or saline-filled implants in a suitable plane underneath the breast, while minimizing the appearance of any scars.

For information regarding fat grafting, refer to the section on fat grafting to the breast. To decide which method is most suitable for you, our plastic surgeon will perform a comprehensive assessment, seek to understand your needs and wants, utilize advanced 3-D modelling tools which are available in our clinic to help both of you have an informed discussion, and tailor-make the best procedure to achieve a natural, pleasing look.

breast augmentation model

What technique do you use, and why and how is it performed?

Breast augmentation with implants is performed either under general anaesthesia, or local anaesthetic with sedation. Incisions to place the implants are short and usually made in the inframammary fold or at the junction of the areola and breast, where they can be hidden very well.

They can also be inserted by an axillary, or armpit approach, though the indications for this are very specific. The implant can be placed over or under the chest muscle, depending on the amount of breast tissue you already have.

breast augmentation surgery steps

What type of breast implants are there?

breast implant shapes

There are a multitude of breast implants, with the main characteristics for consideration being round versus tear-drop shaped, smooth versus textured surfacing, and implant filling. Your surgeon will recommend the appropriate choice of implants based on your wants and pre-operative assessment.

The choices of each of the above will be made in a thorough consultation with our plastic surgeon, and would be aimed at maximizing the results while minimizing complications.

What can I expect after the procedure?

The procedure is commonly performed as day surgery with a short period of monitoring after, rarely requiring any post-operative drains or hospital stay. After the procedure, you will be asked to wear an adequate support bra or padding for the first few weeks. You may experience mild pain, swelling and bruising for the first week, which is usually well controlled with medication. More serious complications include infection and uncontrolled bleeding which, though uncommon, may require intravenous antibiotics or a repeat operation.

You will be reviewed in the clinic within the first 2 weeks, during which time you should avoid any strenuous activity. After the first review and seeing that recovery is going smoothly, you can begin light exercise, and can usually resume full activity at 4 weeks after the procedure. Subsequently, you can wear a normal bra, and it would be best to avoid any heavy impact on the chest, which may lead to implant rupture.

after breast augmentation surgery

Are there any complications?

after breast augmentation surgery

Possible longer-term complications include numbness or pain, asymmetry, and capsular contracture around the implant which usually becomes a problem at 10 years or more after the procedure, and which may be painful, requiring implant removal or exchange. Very rarely, breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a form of cancer, has been reported in relation to breast implants.

Who is a suitable candidate for breast augmentation with implants?

This procedure is suitable for a wide range of individuals who desire larger or more shapely breasts, prefer the convenience of a single procedure, and who can tolerate potentially visible scars. While fat grafting is a viable and natural alternative, it may require a few sessions to achieve the shape and size that you desire.

What are the pros and cons of breast augmentation with implants compared to other techniques?

When the breast droops (ptosis) due to factors such as post-pregnancy, weight loss and age, an implant can help restore the natural shape if the ptosis is mild.

In more developed ptosis, a breast lift (mastopexy) may need to be performed concurrently to achieve the appropriate shape.

degrees of ptosis diagram

Why choose Illumia Medical?

Our board-certified, aesthetic-fellowship trained plastic surgeon has undergone rigorous training in breast augmentation and reconstruction both locally and overseas. He has extensive experience with a wide range of breast implants and techniques, and, together with you, will make the best informed choice of procedure that will suit your goals.

FAQs

Is breast augmentation a one-time procedure? How long do breast implants last?

Breast augmentation with implants is a one-time procedure, while breast augmentation with fat grafting may require a few sessions to achieve the shape and size that you desire. However, fat grafting has longevity, while implants initiate a capsule formation around them which may give rise to deformity and pain. While they may last longer, the usual timeframe for symptoms is 10 years. If warranted, implant removal or replacement with implants or fat grafts can be done at that time.

What is the right age for breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation can be done at any age once breasts are fully developed, which usually occurs by 18 years old, though in some individuals this may occur a few years later. There is no limit to the age that breast augmentation can be done, though factors such as skin quality and medical suitability for the procedure will be taken into consideration.

What are the precautions to be taken after Breast Augmentation?

In the immediate post-procedural period, precautions taken would include keeping the wounds clean and dry, following the post-operative breast support instructions, avoiding heavy activity, and taking the appropriate medication. Longer term, you should avoid heavy impact on the chest, and try to wear bras without too tight of an underwire. Otherwise, you should be back to normal activity.

What function do breast implants serve? Can I breastfeed after my breast augmentation?

Breast implants are not functional and serve as a filler to enhance the size and shape of the breast. Breast sensation should not be affected much, and breast feeding is safe after breast augmentation, whether they are with implants or with fat grafting.

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