Breast augmentation, sometimes called a “boob job,” is an aesthetic surgery procedure that can enhance your breast size and shape.
This procedure is typically performed with breast implants. I use silicone Mentor or Polytech brands for implants. I usually insert implants via an incision under the breasts in the inframammary fold. Implants are then placed under or over the pectoral muscle depending on the body size of the patient, anatomical structure of her breasts and preferences.
Augmentation can also be done via breast fat transfer. Excess fat is removed from one area (like the belly or thighs) via liposuction and then injected into the breasts. In order to reach the targeted volume, sometimes two or three injections may be required with 4-6 months intervals. In some cases, implants are paired with fat transfer because the fat can help the implant sit more naturally.
All of these procedures are performed under general anaesthesia. You stay at the hospital overnight.
After breast augmentation procedure, patients can have their routine breast examinations and radiological examinations such as mammography.
What are advantages of breast augmentation?
- Breasts will be larger, higher, and fuller and look more youthful.
- Results should last well over 10 years.
- Implants are highly customisable; it is possible to pick a size and shape that works best for your body type and lifestyle.
How long does the procedure take?
On average, breast augmentation surgery lasts one to two hours.
When can I get back to my routine?
Each patient’s post-op instructions are different, but most patients are able to return to work within 6-7 days. It’s important that the few weeks following surgery, you avoid strenuous or stressful activities.
Can I still breastfeed after a breast augmentation?
Since the milk ducts and milk glands are not injured in breast enlargement operations (either with implants or with fat transfer), the breastfeeding function is not affected. After surgery, patients can safely breastfeed.