Understanding Breast Augmentation: A Guide for Informed Choices in Singapore

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that increases the size and improves the shape of a woman’s breasts. As of 2024, over a million such procedures, otherwise known as “boob jobs”, have been performed worldwide. The breasts are key to a woman’s sense of femininity and confidence; and we’re dedicated to helping women create elegant outcomes that are in harmony with their body’s natural form. If you’re contemplating breast augmentation, we hope this article will provide you with the data and insights necessary to make an informed decision. Read on to find out more.

Benefits of Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation stands as a transformative procedure with a multitude of benefits catering to women from all walks of life, from the working mum to the retiree.

1. Enhances Symmetry and Restores Balance

A significant benefit of breast augmentation is the enhancement of breast symmetry and balance. This surgical intervention adeptly corrects disparities in size or shape, empowering women to wear a wider range of clothing and swimwear with confidence. It’s not just about creating a more balanced figure; it’s about giving women the freedom to select garments they may have previously avoided and to feel assured in both professional and personal social settings.

2. Tailors to Individual Aesthetic Desires

Every woman’s journey and aesthetic goals are unique. Breast augmentation allows for a tailored approach to meet individual desires, whether the aim is a discreet refinement or a more pronounced enhancement. By individualising each procedure, surgeons at Covette Clinic ensure that the results align with the patient’s vision for their body, thereby boosting body confidence across various aspects of life.

3. Boosts Volume for a More Youthful Look

The procedure offers a beacon of rejuvenation for those experiencing a loss in volume due to pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or ageing. Augmentation restores plumpness, contributing to a fuller, more youthful appearance that many women seek. It reconnects women with their femininity and enhances their silhouette, providing a subtle yet impactful return to a more youthful state.

4. Increases Happiness Levels & Feelings of Security

Ultimately, breast augmentation is more than just an aesthetic change; it’s a step towards personal fulfilment and emotional well-being. The positive changes in body image post-procedure often lead to elevated levels of happiness and a newfound sense of security within one’s own skin. Women frequently report a substantial improvement in body perception and a surge in self-assurance following their augmentation, underscoring the profound impact that this surgery can have on one’s life.

Types of Breast Augmentation

Embarking on a breast augmentation journey involves understanding the variety of implant options, each offering distinct benefits and considerations. For personalised guidance, a consultation with an experienced surgeon is key.

Breast Implants

In Singapore, breast implants stand as a prevalent method for enhancing the aesthetics of the breast. Saline and silicone variants are the most commonly utilised types.

Saline Breast Implants

Structured Saline Implants

These feature a saline solution encased in a silicone shell with an intricate structure to emulate natural breast tissue’s feel. Their notable safety aspect lies in the body’s ability to naturally absorb the saline in the event of a rupture.

Considerations: They’re recommended for safety-conscious individuals who appreciate the flexibility of adjusting implant size during the procedure, although they may not feel as natural as silicone options.

Durability: Up to 20 years.

Silicone Breast Implants

Gummy Bear Implants (Form-stable Breast Implants):

Renowned for their form-stable nature, these implants maintain their shape even if the shell is compromised, thanks to the thick, gummy-like gel inside.

Round Implants

A fit for those desiring a pronounced and voluminous look, these implants offer uniformity that prevents aesthetic issues even if rotation occurs.

Smooth Implants

Celebrated for their supple and authentic feel, these implants move with the breast, creating a natural dynamic.

Textured Implants

Crafted with an outer texture that clings to breast tissue, they minimise movement and reduce rotation risks, potentially lowering capsular contracture occurrences (a phenomenon whereby scar tissue hardens around the breast implant, causing discomfort and distortion).

Teardrop Implants

Designed to reflect the breast’s natural slope, teardrop implants present a fuller base tapering upwards, favoured by many for their anatomical resemblance.

  • Considerations: Silicone implants are acclaimed for their lifelike texture and lasting nature, making them an excellent choice for those seeking an authentic breast appearance without undue concern for rupture.
  • Durability: Up to 20 years.

Fat Grafting

A natural alternative to traditional implants, breast fat grafting entails relocating one’s fat to the breast area, catering to those desiring a modest increase in size.

  • Considerations: Results may vary as the body potentially reabsorbs some of the fat, ideal for those desiring subtle improvements and possessing adequate donor fat.
  • Durability: Typically sustained up to five years.

Hybrid Breast Augmentation

A method that synergizes implant and fat grafting advantages, this option is tailored for those pursuing a custom-fit and natural enhancement.

  • Considerations: Offering both volume and a natural sensation, it’s a comprehensive choice for those open to a more intricate procedure.
  • Durability: Approximately 10-20 years.

Each augmentation path offers its unique journey and outcomes, and the choice ultimately aligns with personal aesthetic goals, lifestyle considerations, and medical advice.

Type of Breast Augmentation Description Considerations Durability
Saline Breast Implants
Saline solution in a silicone shell, structured to feel like natural tissue.
Safe, with the body able to absorb saline. Adjustable size during surgery, but may feel less natural.
Up to 20 years
Silicone Breast Implants
Variants like Gummy Bear, Round, Smooth, Textured offer form-stability and realistic texture.
Lifelike feel, durable, with a variety of shapes for different aesthetic goals.
Up to 20 years
Fat Grafting
Transfers the patient's own fat to the breast, offering a natural and modest size increase.
Less predictable outcome with possible reabsorption of fat, suitable for subtle enhancements.
Typically up to 5 years
Hybrid Breast Augmentation
Combines benefits of implants and fat grafting for a tailored and natural-looking enhancement.
Volume from implants and natural feel from fat, complex but offers customised enhancement.
Approximately 10-20 years depending on factors like implant type and patient’s body response.

Choice of Breast Implants Incision

Infra-mammary Incision

  • Made under the breast along the fold.
  • Provides direct access, allowing precise placement of the implant.
  • Scar is concealed by the breast fold, making it less noticeable.
  • Ideal for larger implants or revision surgeries.

Periareolar Incision

  • Made around the edge of the areola (coloured circle around the nipple).
  • Scar blends with the natural transition of the areola to the breast skin.
  • Offers good access for accurate implant placement.
  • Suitable for women with well-defined areolar edges or those undergoing a lift with augmentation.

Trans-axillary Incision

  • Made in the armpit, leaving no scars on the breast.
  • May involve the use of an endoscope for implant placement.
  • Favoured by patients seeking to avoid visible breast scarring.
  • Best for first-time breast augmentation patients.

Breast Augmentation Procedure

Before the Procedure

  • Preparation: Be mentally and physically ready.
  • Initial Discussion: Schedule a meeting with an experienced plastic surgeon specialising in breast augmentation.
  • Discussion Topics: Personal goals, medical history, and expectations.
  • Assessment: Surgeon evaluates breast size, shape, and balance for implant selection.
  • Pre-Operative Instructions: Avoid smoking and certain medications; follow surgeon’s guidelines.
  • Support: Arrange for a reliable adult to accompany you and assist post-surgery.

During the Procedure

  • Anaesthesia: Administered for comfort, ensuring a pain-free experience throughout the surgery.
  • Implant Placement: The surgeon creates a pocket either behind the breast tissue or beneath the pectoral muscle, taking into account the desired size and location for optimal aesthetic results and symmetry.
  • Fat Grafting Steps (if applicable): Fat is harvested from another area of the body using liposuction, then purified and injected into the breasts to enhance volume naturally.
  • Hybrid Breast Augmentation Steps (if applicable): This combines implant placement with fat grafting, where the surgeon inserts the chosen implants and then finely contours the surrounding breast tissue with the patient’s own fat for a more customised result.
  • Considerations: The selection of implant type, size, and placement is a critical decision made with the surgeon to ensure it aligns with the patient’s aesthetic objectives and physical anatomy.
  • Surgery Duration: The procedure generally spans 1 to 2 hours, with the patient under continuous monitoring to ensure safety and comfort.

After the Procedure

  • Post-Operative Care: Follow surgeon’s instructions, including wearing a surgical bra or compression garment.
  • Normal Symptoms: Expect some discomfort, swelling, and bruising.
  • Medication: Take prescribed drugs and avoid unapproved supplements.
  • Activity Restrictions: Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting.
  • Sensation Changes: Temporary nipple sensation changes are common.
  • Follow-Up: Attend all scheduled appointments for monitoring and concerns.

Follow-up Appointments

  • Importance: Crucial for healing and assessing surgery results.
  • Assessment: Checking shape, symmetry, and positioning of breasts.
  • Healing Monitoring: Examining incision healing and overall satisfaction.
  • Adherence: Stick to recommended appointment schedule for long-term success.

Self Care and Maintenance

  • Lifestyle: Maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular activity, good diet, and avoiding smoking or heavy drinking.
  • Supportive Wear: Use a supportive bra for implant protection.
  • Regular Checks: Monitor breasts for changes or irregularities.
  • Routine Check-Ups: Schedule regular visits with your plastic surgeon.
  • Prompt Attention: Contact your surgeon for any pain, discomfort, or unusual symptoms.
  • Prioritise Self-Care: Ensures long-lasting benefits of breast augmentation.

Breast Augmentation Recovery Timeline

  • Embarking on the journey of breast augmentation comes with questions about recovery. Understanding the typical healing process helps set expectations and prepares you for the road to recovery. Here is a general timeline you might expect following breast augmentation surgery.
    • Immediate Post-Op (Day 1-3):
      • Rest is crucial; limit movement and sleep in a semi-upright position.
      • Manage pain and swelling with prescribed medications.
      • Minimal activity; no lifting, bending, or straining.
    • Early Recovery (Week 1-2):
      • Continue to rest, allowing the body to heal.
      • Gradual increase in light activities like walking to promote circulation.
      • Follow-up visit to the surgeon to check on incision healing.
    • Moderate Recovery (Weeks 3-6):
      • Gradual return to normal daily activities.
      • Avoid strenuous activities or heavy lifting.
      • May begin light exercise as per the surgeon’s advice.
    • Later Recovery (Weeks 6-12):
      • Most swelling should subside, and incisions largely healed.
      • Final implant settling may occur, revealing the true outcome of the surgery.
      • Full return to exercise and normal activities, including those that are more strenuous.
    • Ongoing (Months 3-6 and Beyond):
      • Regular check-ups as advised by the surgeon.
      • Monitor breast health and any changes or concerns with implants.
      • Continue to follow any specific instructions from your surgeon for long-term care of your augmentation.
    Remember, this timeline is general and recovery can vary depending on individual factors, the specifics of the surgery performed, and personal healing rates. Always follow the specific guidance provided by your plastic surgeon.

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation might be suitable for you if you:

✔ Are in good overall physical and mental health.
✔ Have fully developed breasts.
✔ Are dissatisfied with your breast size, shape, or upper breast fullness.
✔ Are not pregnant or breastfeeding.
✔ Possess realistic expectations about the surgery and its outcomes.
✔ Seek to enhance breasts that have become smaller or lost shape due to ageing, weight changes, or pregnancy.
✔ Have asymmetrical or unusually shaped breasts.
✔ Are at least 18 years old for saline implants and 22 for silicone implants.

However, breast augmentation might not be appropriate if you:

✖ Experience significant breast sagging (requiring a breast lift).
✖ Suffer from active infections or untreated cancer.
✖ Are currently pregnant or breastfeeding.
✖ Have unrealistic expectations about the surgery’s results.
✖ Suffer from severe heart conditions or uncontrolled diabetes.
✖ Have a history of problematic wound healing or keloid scarring.
✖ Lack stable mental health, which could impact decision-making and satisfaction.
✖ Are allergic to specific implant materials or anaesthetics.
✖ Are under 18, as your breasts may still be developing.

Still unsure if breast augmentation is right for you? Connect with our experts at The Covette Clinic for personalised guidance. Reach out via Whatsapp at +65 9839 6675 for any inquiries.

Implant Volume vs Breast Cup Size

When considering breast augmentation, it’s crucial to also think about how the size of the implants might affect your cup size. Implant volume, which is measured in cubic centimetres (cc), plays a significant role in determining the size and shape of your breasts. It’s worth noting that cup sizes are not the same across different bra manufacturers, so there may be variations.

What Are the Different Breast Implant Sizes?

Breast implant sizes are commonly measured in cubic centimetres (cc), and the range can vary significantly depending on individual desires and physical considerations. Here’s a general idea of the sizes and corresponding outcomes:
Implant Size Volume Range (cc) Enhancement Description
Small Implants
100 cc to 300 cc
Subtle enhancement for those seeking modest changes
Medium Implants
300 cc to 450 cc
Noticeable yet natural augmentation
Large Implants
450 cc and upwards
More dramatic increase in breast size
Most Common Size
300 cc to 400 cc
Natural enhancement, potential increase of about 1 1/2 to 2 cup sizes
It’s important to note that the same volume of implant can look different on people depending on their frame, current breast tissue, and the elasticity of their skin. For example, an implant of 350 cc to 400 cc could result in a small to large C cup, but this can vary widely among individuals. In terms of cup size, here’s a general estimation of the increase you might expect with different volumes:
  • 250 – 300 cc could take you from an A to a B cup.
  • 300 – 350 cc might go from A to C cup.
  • 370 – 430 cc could lead from A to D cup.
  • 250 – 350 cc could increase from B to C cup.
  • 350 – 400 cc might go from B to D cup.
  • 300 -350 cc could lead from C to D cup.
  • 370 -450 cc might take you from C to DD cup.
The “try on” method with sizers and 3D imaging can be very helpful during the consultation process to visualise potential outcomes. Remember, these sizes are estimates, and the actual result can be influenced by various factors, including your body’s anatomy and the implant profile and shape you choose. For personalised advice, consult a plastic surgeon like Dr Gavin Kang from The Covette Clinic, who can help determine the best implant size for your unique body and goals.

Which is Preferable for Breast Implants, Positioning Them Under or Over the Muscle?

There are two main placement options for breast implants: under the muscle (submuscular) or over the muscle (subglandular).
The decision regarding implant placement should be discussed with your plastic surgeon, taking into consideration factors like your physical structure, lifestyle, and desired post-surgery appearance.

Under the Muscle (Submuscular)

Submuscular placement offers more coverage for the implants, resulting in a more natural look and feel. It also reduces the risk of visible rippling (when the edges or folds of breast implants become visible or palpable under the skin), especially for those with less breast tissue. However, it may require a slightly longer recovery time and could cause temporary discomfort in the muscles.

Over the Muscle (Subglandular)

Subglandular placement allows for a quicker recovery and minimal discomfort since the muscles are not affected. This method is suitable for those with sufficient breast tissue and those looking for a more pronounced outcome in the upper breast area. However, it has a slightly higher risk of visible implant boundaries or rippling, especially for those with less natural breast tissue.

What Are Breast Implant Profiles?

Breast implant profiles determine how much the implants stick out from the chest when they are put in. Three different types of implants are available: low, moderate and high.

Low profile implants

Create a balanced and natural appearance with added volume.

Moderate profile implants

Enhance volume while maintaining a natural look, ideal for balanced aesthetic improvement.

High-profile implants

Provide more projection and a fuller upper area, resulting in a rounder and more noticeable breast shape.

Breast Augmentation Risks

Breast augmentation, while common, involves risks such as infection, bleeding, changes in nipple sensation or breast symmetry, and possible implant issues like rupture or leakage. Capsular contracture, where scar tissue hardens around the implant, may necessitate additional surgery. Understanding these risks and adhering to post-surgery care is vital for a successful outcome.

Breast Augmentation Complications

Beyond the immediate risks, breast augmentation can also lead to specific complications. These include adverse reactions to anaesthesia and significant concerns like Breast Implant Illness (BII), and Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

Breast Implant Illness (BII)

While the specific cause remains uncertain, BII might be associated with autoimmune or inflammatory reactions. Typical symptoms consist of tiredness, joint discomfort, cognitive haze, and skin irritation.

Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)

This is a cancer of the immune system, not a type of breast cancer. To date, no confirmed BIA-ALCL cases have involved smooth implants.

Given the potential complications involved, it’s important to do breast augmentation with a certified professional. At Covette Clinic, we believe in the power of knowledge. Our  discussions aim to provide you with  a comprehensive understanding of both common and rare complications, enabling you to make an informed choice. Reach out to us for an appointment today!

What is Capsular Contracture?

Capsular contracture is a relatively common issue that can arise after breast implant surgery, with occurrence rates varying widely from 0.5% to 30%. This condition develops when your body reacts to the breast implant, a foreign object, by forming a layer of internal scarring, or a capsule, around it. While it’s normal for a capsule to form around any implant, they typically remain thin and soft, causing no issues. However, problems arise if the capsule begins to thicken and harden over time.

Symptoms of capsular contracture include:

  • A noticeable hardening of the breast or implant area.
  • A sensation of tightness around the breast.
  • Visible distortion of the breast implant’s shape.
  • Pain or discomfort in the affected breast.
In more detailed studies, about 10% of cases were severe enough to necessitate surgical intervention to remove or replace the implant.

Capsular Contracture Grades

Capsular contracture is categorised into four grades, ranging from Grade 1 to Grade 4, known as the Baker Scale:

Grade I Capsular Contracture:

 

  • This is the mildest form of capsular contracture.
  • The breast appears natural and maintains its softness, resembling the same feel as a non-augmented breast.
  • Individuals with Grade I contracture do not experience any discomfort or symptoms related to the capsule.
  • The scar tissue that forms around the implant is present but does not affect the aesthetic or tactile qualities of the breast.

Grade II Capsular Contracture:

 

  • In this grade, there’s a slight increase in firmness compared to Grade I, though the breast largely retains its natural shape.
  • The firmness is detectable upon palpation but does not significantly alter the appearance of the breast.
  • There are no significant symptoms of discomfort, and the condition might only be noticed during a physical examination or through the slightly firmer feel of the breast.

Grade III Capsular Contracture:

 

  • Grade III marks a noticeable progression in the condition, with clear cosmetic symptoms.
  • The breast becomes firmer to the touch and may start to show visible signs of distortion; its shape can deviate from its natural contour, appearing overly round or tight.
  • The nipples might also appear distorted due to the tightening of the capsule.
  • While the cosmetic changes are evident, individuals may not necessarily experience pain at this stage.

Grade IV Capsular Contracture:

 

  • This is the most severe grade of capsular contracture and is characterised by significant hardness and misshaping of the breast.
  • The breast is not only visually distorted but is also tender and painful, even without direct pressure.
  • The discomfort and pain can affect daily activities and quality of life, making it difficult to wear certain types of clothing or engage in physical activities.
  • Surgical intervention is often required at this stage to remove or replace the implant and the hardened capsule, providing relief from symptoms and restoring the breast’s appearance.

Understanding these symptoms and grades can help in identifying the condition early and seeking appropriate treatment.

If I Would Like Something Changed, Can I Get a Breast Augmentation Revision?

Breast enhancement revisions might be needed years after the initial procedure. The primary reason for considering a revision is due to changes in the body or tissue surrounding the implant over time. Reasons for consulting about a revision for breast enhancement include:

  • Sagging breast tissue over the implant (known as breast ptosis)
  • Shifts in the implant’s shape or position (moving upwards or to the side)
  • Implant rupture (though rare with modern implants)
  • Hardening of the tissue around the implant (capsular contracture)
  • Development of unevenness in appearance
  • “Bottoming out” where implants drop below the natural breast line
  • Severe Animation Deformity, which is when the implant moves with chest muscle contractions
  • Desiring a change in implant size to better match current aesthetic preferences

In many cases, the original incision can be reused for the revision, particularly if replacing the implant entirely. For the new implant, creating a new pocket might be necessary during the surgery.

For minor adjustments without altering the original implant, fat transfer is an option worth considering, offering a more subtle refinement.

Cost of Breast Augmentation in Singapore

The cost of breast augmentation in Singapore can fluctuate based on considerations such as the complexity involved in the augmentation process, the nature and quality of the breast implants used, the expertise of the surgeon, and the geographic location of the clinic. Here’s what you can expect to fork out for the various procedures.

Type of Breast Augmentation Estimated Costs
Saline Breast Implants
$10,000 - $16,000
Silicone Implants
$12,000 and up
Fat Grafting
$6,000 - $14,000
Hybrid Breast Augmentation
$7,000 - $16,000

Are There Subsidies for Breast Augmentation in Singapore?

Generally seen as an elective cosmetic procedure, breast augmentation usually doesn’t qualify for medical insurance coverage, meaning specific subsidies for it are rare. However, in certain cases, like for breast cancer survivors needing reconstruction, subsidies or insurance might cover the costs. Some clinics offer financing plans or deferred payment options to make the procedure more affordable. It’s recommended to discuss with your surgeon and insurance company to explore any available subsidies or aid programs.

Why Covette Clinic for Breast Augmentation?

In Singapore, Covette Clinic is renowned as a premier destination for breast augmentation. Our dedication to your transformation is reflected in the Covette Experience, where discerning clients like you receive personalised care tailored to your unique needs.

About Our Doctors

DR GAVIN KANG

CONSULTANT PLASTIC SURGEON MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Leading our team is Dr. Gavin Kang, a distinguished figure in the world of plastic surgery with over 19 years of experience. As the chair of the Chapter of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeons at the College of Surgeons, Singapore, Dr. Kang brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to each procedure. His extensive training at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, combined with advanced techniques learned in South Korea and the USA, allows him to specialise in breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and eyelid surgeries. With more than 5,000 surgeries under his belt, Dr. Kang upholds the highest standards of care and precision.

Dr. Shauna Tan

MBBS (Singapore), ADEG Singapore, Member of AAAM

Dr. Shauna Tan’s empathy for individuals aspiring to meet societal beauty standards has fueled her passion for plastic surgery. She has honed her expertise through extensive work in plastic surgery departments across Singapore’s leading hospitals and furthered her mastery under globally recognized surgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Beloved for her compassionate care and exceptional skill, Dr. Tan is committed to empowering her patients through aesthetic enhancements. Her artistic sensibility and meticulous attention to detail ensure that each patient leaves feeling confident and cared for. At Covette Clinic, whether you seek a refined enhancement or a significant transformation, our elite surgeons are dedicated to realising your vision. Connect with us today to embark on your journey to renewed confidence and poise.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Breast Augmentation and Breast Implants The Same?

No. Breast augmentation is a procedure that uses breast implants to enhance breast size and shape. While implants play an essential role, they’re not the same as augmentation.

How Do Breast Implants Feel Like?

The feel of breast implants can vary depending on factors such as the type of implant and its placement. Saline implants have a softer touch, whereas silicone implants offer a texture more akin to natural breasts. The implant’s size and shape also influence how it feels. To explore the best possibilities, consult with a professional plastic surgeon.

Do Any Breast Implants Look Natural?

Yes. With skilled execution, breast implants can bear a close resemblance to natural breasts. Crucially, the correct size and shape must be chosen. Silicone implants are particularly renowned for their lifelike feel. The placement of the implant also affects results: under-the-muscle placement allows a smooth incline, while over-the-muscle placement offers a fuller result. To discuss your goals and figure out the best strategy for natural results, consult a board-certified plastic surgeon.

How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost in Singapore?

In Singapore, breast augmentation can set you back upwards of $6,000. The price tag for breast augmentation in Singapore can fluctuate depending on elements like the type of implant (if applicable), the surgeon’s expertise, and the chosen hospital. It’s also important to consider costs for anaesthesia, hospital fees, medications, and aftercare. For an accurate, personalised cost breakdown, schedule a meeting with a plastic surgeon.

How Painful is Breast Augmentation?

Typically, the amount of pain that comes with breast augmentation is bearable. It’s worth noting that pain thresholds can vary from individual to individual. For breast augmentation, some people may describe feeling pain or discomfort that resembles the aftermath of a vigorous workout, while others may characterise it as a sharp or intense sensation in the chest.

While most individuals can successfully manage short-term discomfort, medications can greatly aid in the recovery process. Nevertheless, skilled doctors offer a variety of pain management options for their patients that have proven to be effective.

Which Breast Implant is Considered the Most Secure?

When it comes to breast augmentation, opt for implants that balance safety and aesthetics. Silicone gel implants are considered secure with a lower risk of leakage while offering a natural appearance and touch. In contrast, saline implants pose a lower risk of rupturing, but they may deflate if compromised. Your choice should reflect your preferences, and it’s advisable to discuss this with a professional plastic surgeon.

How Long Do Breast Augmentation Results Last?

No. Breast augmentations don’t last a lifetime and may need future surgery. Implants endure 10-20 years but can vary. Personal changes might require early replacement or removal. Regular check-ups are crucial.

What’s the Safest Type of Breast Augmentation?

All FDA-approved breast implants, including saline and silicone, are considered safe. The choice between saline and silicone should be based on individual preferences, body type, and specific goals. Gummy bear implants, a type of silicone implant, are also an option. They’re known for their firmness and ability to maintain shape but are firmer than regular silicone implants​​​​.

What Should I Avoid After a Breast Augmentation?

Post-augmentation, it’s important to avoid heavy lifting, strenuous activities, and certain sleeping positions that can strain the chest area. Follow your surgeon’s specific guidance on activity levels and bra usage to ensure proper healing and implant positioning.

What is the Timeline for Breast Augmentation Recovery?

Recovery times can vary. Typically, a period of rest is recommended immediately following the surgery, with a gradual return to normal activities. Full recovery and the settling of implants can take several weeks to months.

Is it Possible to Undergo Breast Augmentation Without Using Implants?

Yes, through a procedure known as fat transfer breast augmentation. This involves using liposuction to take fat from other parts of the body and injecting it into the breasts.

At What Age Do Breasts Stop Growing?

Breasts typically stop growing at the end of puberty, which varies for each individual but is usually around 17-18 years old. However, they might change due to hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, weight changes, and ageing. It’s important to note that breast development can differ widely among individuals based on genetic and environmental factors.

What’s the Age Range for Breast Augmentation?

The minimum age for saline breast implants is 18, and for silicone, it’s 22. There’s no set maximum age, but patients must be healthy enough for surgery.

How do Breast Implants Change as You Age?

Over time, breast implants can be affected by ageing, gravity, and changes in body weight. They may require replacement or adjustment due to these factors, as well as potential complications like rupture or capsular contracture.

Can I Breastfeed if I Have Breast Implants?

Yes, many women with breast implants are able to breastfeed successfully. It’s important to note, though, that factors such as the placement of the implants and the type of surgical incision may influence your ability to breastfeed. Implants placed under the muscle and incisions made under the breast fold are less likely to interfere with milk ducts and nerves. Discussing your breastfeeding goals with your surgeon before the procedure can help optimise conditions for breastfeeding post-surgery.

Will Pregnancy Affect My Breast Implants?

No, breast implants generally do not impede pregnancy nor the ability to conceive. However, pregnancy may alter breast aesthetics due to hormonal shifts and body changes that affect breast tissue volume and elasticity. While many women with implants go through pregnancy without impacting the results of their augmentation significantly, some may choose to have breast augmentation after completing their families for more predictable long-term outcomes.

Is Breast Cancer a Potential Risk?

No, breast implants do not increase the risk of breast cancer. However, they can make mammograms more challenging and require additional screening methods.

What are the Consequences of Not Replacing Breast Implants?

Implants are not lifetime devices. Over time, the risk of complications like implant rupture or capsular contracture increases. Not replacing compromised implants can lead to aesthetic changes or discomfort.

When is it Advisable to Begin Massaging Breast Implants?

Your surgeon will advise when to start massaging breast implants. This typically begins a few weeks after surgery to promote flexibility and prevent capsular contracture.

Is Breast Augmentation Worth it?

The worth of breast augmentation depends on individual goals, expectations, and the reason for undergoing the procedure. Satisfaction rates are generally high among those who have realistic expectations and understand the risks and benefits.

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