Breast augmentation also known as breast implants, breast enlargement or more formally known as augmentation mammoplasty, the procedure is the most common form of cosmetic surgery carried out in the UK. According to statistics more than 30,000 procedures are carried out every year, thus, breast augmentation is acknowledged as safe and widely performed procedure and has had longevity in providing women with enhancements and amendments helping them to achieve their overall desired look. The procedure increases the size of a woman’s breast by using a silicone gel implants or saline implants, in some cases fat is transferred and used to fill the breast. Common goals and reasoning’s for breast implants include, bigger or fuller breasts, looking better in clothes, correction to symmetry, and repairing any sagging breasts. It can also be used for reconstructive purposes as a result of a mastectomy. The procedure is often carried out under general anaesthetic and will take between 60 to 90 minutes.
The Art of Breast Implants
Breast Augmentation is more of an art than a science as no two women are the same; likewise no breasts are the same even when they are from the same person. Therefore trying to determine what is the right size and type of implant can vary. Breast implants are artificial (prosthetic), and there are a few types that are most commonly used for this practice; silicone, saline or fat transfer. Silicone gel implants can be chosen as a liquid, gel or solid which come in a similar form to plastic. These types of implants can vary in size and shape and will be pre-filled before the surgery; however they may require a longer incision for the implant placement. Saline, on the other hand are sterile salt water implants. They may be prefilled at a predetermined size or filled during surgery to allow room for any modifications. Autologous ‘fat transfer’ removes the fat via liposuction from an area where large amounts of fat cells can be found such as the hips, thighs or abdomen. After being refined, the fat cells are injected into your breasts. This is the less common method when comparing against silicone and saline and this method is still undergoing clinical studies and research. Both types of implants have advantages and disadvantages associated with them and the end result can be different depending on the type you choose. There are two methods that are associated with inserting the implants and there are multiple factors which can influence which procedure is chosen for you. This can include your autonomy and surgeon’s recommendations. The implant is positioned into a pocket which is either underneath the pectoral muscle or underneath the breast tissue. Placement of the implant underneath the pectoral muscle should interfere less with any mammograms and breast feeding, however, all factors will be discussed by a surgeon during a consultation. Other influencing factors which can determine the outcome and look of the breast implant is your existing breast tissue, body frame and mass, personal goals, medical history and any personal preferences or other influencing factors.
The different types of implants available today in Sheffield
As previously discussed breast augmentation can rely on two types of implant solutions, either silicone gel, which has been recommended for women over 22 years old by the FDA, or a sterile saline solution which has been recommended for women over 18 years old by the FDA. From studies conducted it has been suggested that most women prefer silicone gel implants as they feel, look and move in a similar way to natural breasts. However, in a similar way saline implants have also been known to create a fantastic aesthetic result making breasts look bigger and fuller whilst creating a smooth outline and realistic feel. However, these outcomes very much depend on the women. For women with less breast tissue as a result of under developing breasts or a mastectomy, it would be recommended that they choose the silicone gel implant as it is renowned for being better suited in this scenario. For women who have more breast tissue the saline implants are recommended and often are placed in the body by the sub-muscular procedure. Both implants can produce fantastic results for all types of women and the options will be discussed with you by your surgeon should you choose to have the surgery.
Stuff you should consider before having implants
Undergoing breast augmentation should be considered thoroughly before any action is taken. The surgery itself is considered to be a long term investment. In general, either type of implant should be replaced at some point and have a life expectancy of 10-15 years. Regular check-ups on the implants after the surgery are advisable and so the procedure and follow ups are a continuous process, albeit you may not have to have two surgeries’ you should have your implants checked. However, even if you do have the surgery and wish to have the implants removed, there are options available to do so such as implant removal surgery’s, uplifts or tucks.
There can be multiple factors which influence women into having breast augmentation surgery. These reasons often relate to confidence issues which can occur for various reasons during a women’s life. Woman in their early years may have never developed their breasts fully, or may have one breast that has developed whilst the other hasn’t. This may lead women to feel anxious and shy potentially damaging their confidence and self-esteem. It has been known for women to develop depression due to their appearance and this can even hinder potential or current relationships due to them being self-critical and unhappy with their body. For these women, surgery offers a long term solution and it can help them to restore their lifestyle balance and outlook, potentially benefitting them in more ways than one. Having the surgery allows women who are self-critical to perfect something they find intolerable or depressing. Although surgeons can never achieve results that are identical, they can correct the shape size and position of the breasts. The surgery allows women to feel more confident in their appearance often allowing them to wear different outfits or swimwear without worrying about their appearance. It can help for fill the desire to have a womanly figure reducing any social anxieties, making them feel happy with their appearance and boosting confidence.
Some final words
Both types of implants and methods of implanting can produce some incredible outcomes, not only aesthetically but also mentally for each patient. For women who have suffered trauma, be it in the early stages of development, due to dramatic weightless or as a result of cancer, augmentation can help regain women’s confidence and restore their femininity they may feel they have lost. These results aren’t always achieved after dramatic changes, sometimes women only want small changes made to their appearance. The beauty of breast augmentation is that you can tailor it to your desired look and outcome, it is not a standard model which is applied to all and there are various flexible factors that can be changed according to the individual. Studies conducted in America suggest that undergoing surgery is one of the best ways to boost your career. This may not be due to women with bigger breasts achieving more in life, but more to do with the confidence, self-assurance and attitude women have after the surgery. In most instances women feel much more positive with themselves and in turn their attitude towards challenges or life occurrences can change in a positive way.
A video that explains and shows the breast implant procedure
This short 3:29 video shows the breast implant procedure and how it is carried out in Sheffield, SY.