What are the different methods available for breast enlargement?
There are several methods commonly used for breast enlargement. These include:
Of these methods, surgical augmentation with implants offers the most reliable and predictable results, with greatest control over size and shape. Hence, it is still the ‘gold standard’ in breast enlargement.
A detailed assessment is done to understand the patient’s aesthetic goals, and to determine her suitability for the procedure. The various options such as incision, implant placement and type of implants are discussed. In addition to body dimensions, the breast is assessed for the presence of abnormalities such as breast lumps. If necessary a mammogram or ultrasound scan of the breast tissues is obtained.
The Crisalix system is used to create a 3D image of the patient, and can simulate the outcome with implants of different sizes and shapes. This is an essential tool for planning, allowing the patient to accurately visualise the outcome and select the most suitable implants. For more information about Crisalix 3D simulation, please click here.
In some cases, tests such as mammograms or ultrasound may be required before surgery. Patients will be advised on medications and supplements that need to be avoided in the days before the surgery.
Breast augmentation with implants is usually an outpatient procedure, done in a day surgery facility. The surgery is done under general anaesthesia, and may take from 1.5 to 2 hours. Factoring in preparation and recovery, the patient can expect to be in the day surgery facility for about half a day.
Patients will be provided with a breast strap or bra, which will need to be worn for 2-4 weeks. Mild pain and discomfort is limited to the first few days and is controlled with oral painkillers. Most patients can expect to return work within 3-5 days, depending on the nature of their occupation. Return to an exercise routine may take longer, depending on the individual’s pace of recovery.
We use silicone gel implants from Mentor and Motiva.
Mentor implants are FDA approved, and offer reliability, durability, and a natural feel and shape. Mentor implants are offered in both round and teardrop (anatomic) shapes.
Motiva implants are the latest generation of silicone breast implants, which offer several unique features. The silicone gel is extremely soft, resulting in a very natural feel. The gel adapts its shape, moving to the lower part of the implant in the standing position, giving a more natural teardrop shape. When lying down, the gel distributes evenly within the implant - much like a natural breast.
Motiva implants also have a nano-textured shell, which results in low capsular contracture and seroma rate. Q Inside Safety Technology is another unique feature of Motiva implants - a micro-transponder containing implant information, which allow plastic surgeons and patients to have access to implant-specific data by using a hand-held reader.
Yes, the implants are placed behind the breast tissue, and do not affect their function.
Breast implants can last from 15 to 20 years. If there are no problems such as leakage or capsular contracture (hardening), the implants do not need to be removed.
Several studies have found no increase in the risk of breast cancer in women with breast implants. However, it’s important to be aware that certain types of breast implants with more aggressively (rougher) textured surfaces may be associated with a very rare form of lymphoma called breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). It’s worthwhile noting that this condition is extremely rare, and treatable if detected early.