What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation or mammoplasty, better known as breast augmentation, is a surgical procedure aimed at improving the size and volume of the breasts. There are two types of breast augmentation, depending on whether it is performed by breast implants or by lipotransfer.
Why is breast augmentation performed?
Many women feel self-conscious about the volume, shape or proportion of their breasts, so that although it is not a health problem, it can affect their confidence and self-esteem. Thus, breast augmentation is an operation of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive surgery designed to achieve the desired breast by the patient, respecting its harmony and proportion. Normally, surgery with breast implants is recommended both to correct the asymmetry between the breasts and to make them more attractive.
What does the breast augmentation operation consist of?
The breast augmentation operation is performed through a small incision made, depending on the patient’s anatomy, around the nipple areola, in the groove under the breast or in the armpit. Through the incisions in each breast, the breast tissue is lifted and the breast implants are inserted directly under the breast tissue or under the pectoral muscle. These implants can be made of silicone or saline and of different shapes, generally round, oval or anatomical.
Currently, thanks to advances in breast surgery, there are also prostheses with a rough texture on the surface to provide a more natural look. The results of breast augmentation surgery are usually very satisfactory and the incision scar is practically invisible. Eventually secondary breast surgery or secondary augmentation mammoplasty may be necessary, although this is becoming less frequent.