Breast augmentation is one of the most common and well-known forms of cosmetic surgery. Breast augmentation refers to cosmetic breast surgery where the patient wishes to increase the volume and overall size of their breasts. This can be done in several ways with the most popular option involving the placement of implants into the chest cavity. There are two types of implants to choose from: saline and silicone.
Saline implants are inserted empty and then filled to the required level with saline solution which means that the incision needed to place them is often smaller than that for silicone implants. They are also a popular choice for patients with asymmetrical breast sizes since the amount of saline they are filled with can be altered as necessary.
Silicone implants are supplied pre-filled in a variety of sizes and inserted complete. They are more commonly chosen than saline as many people feel that silicone implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue.
Breast augmentation surgery is a fairly simple procedure. Incisions are made underneath the breast tissue through which your chosen implants are inserted. The incision is then closed using sutures. There may be some scarring, but it is usually well hidden and fades over time. You will need to give yourself some time to recover after your procedure and it is essential that you follow all aftercare instructions given to you by your surgeon to ensure that you get the best outcome from your augmentation. It is also important to note that breast implants don’t last forever, with most having a lifespan of around 15 years, and you will need to have them replaced at some point in the future.