Breast augmentation is the enlargement of the breasts using implants or the body’s own fat.
It is the treatment of small breasts or asymmetric breasts, where one breast is markedly smaller than the other breast. Augmentation with implants is the more common procedure.
The breast implants used today are made of silicone gel. The gel technology has evolved such that they feel more natural than the traditional saline implants. Saline implants are rarely used in South Africa or Europe. Smooth Silicone implants are safe and do not confer any additional risk of Breast Cancer. They come in two shapes namely round and anatomical.
The implants can be placed either behind the breast tissue or under the Pectoralis muscle (muscle on the chest wall). The location is chosen by the surgeon depending on certain anatomic factors
The procedure is commonly done under general anaesthesia and lasts between 45 minutes and 90 minutes. The natural or busty look is a matter of patient preference and Dr Vadia always aims to meet patient’s desires.
The recovery time from the surgery is 4 to 7 days. Strenuous activity is resumed after 4 weeks.
Breast Augmentation Using Body Fat
The major advantage of this technique is that it is 100% natural and allows shaping of other fat laden areas of the body. However patients that want a breast augmentation may not have enough body fat to redistribute to the breast.
Disadvantages of the technique is that some of the fat is resorbed and breast volume is lost initially. This necessitates an additional one or two sessions, where further fat is injected into the breast.
Fat injections may also be used together with implants to increase size or to perform minor touch ups.