What is Breast Augmentation?
The female breast is a defining aspect of the female form. Breast augmentation, commonly referred to as breast enlargement, is a surgery designed to increase or restore breast size using silicone gel implants or saline implants.
This has become one of the most popular and frequently performed aesthetic surgery procedures. It has a long and successful track record in satisfying women who wish to enhance, regain or restore balance to their figures.
There are many reasons why women choose breast augmentation. Some patients are looking for a fuller look as they might feel that their breast lack volume. Often after pregnancy, women might be disappointed with the loss of shape and/or volume. At other instances, there might be an anatomical reason that requires a adjusting the contour of the breast. While other patients might feel that as they have aged their breasts have begun to experience some drooping (ptosis).
What to Expect from Surgery?
There are several ways to perform breast augmentation surgery depending on the type of implant you choose and where the incision will be placed. During our consultation, we will be discussing what the best options for the outcome you would like to obtain. The most commonly used surgical technique is an incision below the breast.
Every effort is made to hide your scars along the natural contours of your breast. Although incision lines are permanent, in most cases they will fade and significantly improve over time.
- Saline-filled breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. They may be prefilled at a predetermined size or filled at the time of surgery to allow for minor modifications in implant size.
- Structured saline-filled breast implants are filled with sterile salt water, but contain a structure inside so they behave as if filled with soft, elastic silicone gel. This structure enables them to hold their shape better than traditional saline implants. Approved by the FDA and Health Canada in 2014, these implants have been available since 2015.
- Silicone gel-filled breast implants are filled with soft, elastic gel and are available in a variety of shapes. All silicone gel breast implants are pre-filled and may require a longer incision for implant placement.
- Cohesive gel silicone gel-filled breast implants, also known as “gummy bear” or “form stable” implants, are filled with a cohesive gel, made of cross-linked molecules of silicone, which makes them a bit thicker and firmer than traditional silicone gel implants. This enables them to hold their shape better. Approved by the FDA for use in the United States in 2012, these implants have been available in much of the world since 1992.