One of the most important aesthetic details of a woman's appearance is breasts. Women who do not think that their breasts are beautiful may have very important psychological problems and face situations that can seriously impair their social lives and self-confidence.
If you are not satisfied with the appearance of your breasts in the mirror and think that your breasts are not as big as you want and if this bothers you, the definitive solution is breast augmentation surgery.
Breast augmentation surgery is an operation performed to obtain proportional body measurements by enlarging the breasts in smaller volume than desired using implants or fat injection.
One of the first items that come to mind when talking about female beauty is breasts. People who have asymmetric breasts, small breasts or breast deformities may choose to undergo certain interventions to feel good about themselves.
The breast, which is mainly composed of skin, adipose tissue and mammary gland, is fixed to the rib cage by the resistance of the skin and suspensory ligaments. If suspensory ligaments are loose and skin tension is low, a breast may sag regardless of its size. Even breasts with small volume may sag due to loosening of the skin and suspensory ligaments due to births and breastfeeding. At the same time, even though it is large, a breast with strong skin structure and ligaments might not sag. As a result, the characteristics and structure of each breast differ from one another.
The surgeon and the patient should assess together the ideal size and shape of breasts, which are based on the age, chest, hip, spine and body structure of the person who will carry those breasts, the state of her skin and mammary glad and the patient's expectations.
Today, breast augmentation involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts.
Types of breast implants are referred to as round and tear drop by shape, saline-filled and silicone-filled by the filling material and smooth and rough by surface. The inner and outer materials of silicone-filled implants are made of silicone. It is highly compatible with human tissues and is natural in the sense of touch.
A breast implant can be placed by a surgical procedure from 4 sites in general.
Although variations such as dual plan, full or partial submuscular plan and subfascial plan have been developed recently, implants are conventionally placed in submusculular or subglandular planes. Each has different disadvantages or advantages.
Breast augmentation operation is usually performed by plastic surgeons under general anesthesia under operating room conditions and takes about one and a half hours.
You may have mild pain, which is easily controlled with simple painkillers. If you have an implant placed under your muscle, you may have mild ache when you move your arms.
General anesthesia is usually preferred in breast augmentation surgery.
Women whose breast volume is smaller than the desired volume or those whose breast volume has decreased after excessive weight loss, pregnancy or breastfeeding, those who have a prominent asymmetry between their breasts, those whose breasts were removed during breast cancer treatment (suitable patients) may have breast repair with implants.
In the case of breast augmentation surgery, you should definitely consult an aesthetic and plastic surgeon experienced in his/her field.
Stop taking blood thinner medications, all food supplements such as vitamins and herbal teas one week before surgery. You should consult your doctor about your regular prescription medications. Your operation is scheduled to take place at a time outside your menses period because hormonal changes in menses period might affect breast structure. You must have a breast ultrasound or mammography before the operation. You should bring with you clothing opened from the front, which you can wear easily without lifting your arms.
You're advised to wear a sports bra the entire day for 3 weeks following surgery and during the day for 3 weeks afterwards. You should lie on your back during the first week and avoid lying face down for 6 weeks. Avoid lifting your arms too much. Avoid showering for 2 days. For a problem-free recovery period, rest at the beginning and avoid strenuous activities afterwards.
You might have mild swelling, loss of sensation and mild bruising in nipple, however, all will resolve spontaneously in a short time. It is not necessary to remove absorbable sutures. After the 3rd day, bandages are removed and the patient can resume normal activities and work. After 7 days, you can swim in the sea or pool for a short time. You can also start to do mild sports as from 3rd week. You can start to do sports activities similar to swimming, tennis, fitness as from 8th week.
The price varies according to factors such as plan of intervention, type of implant to be selected and type of anesthesia to be applied.
As with any surgery, this procedure has some possible risks, but they are very rare. They are likely to be associated with anesthesia, the implant or the operation itself.
The silicone implant is manufactured in the form of a bag with an outer sheath of silicon several millimeters in thickness. It also has a silicon filling. Implants are diversified as a result of the development of technology. Round implants are generally softer because they are filled with a more fluid gel. Tear drop implants are denser and better in maintaining their shape.
A silicone implant is extremely robust, retaining its shape even if cut in half. The sheath made of silicone and layers shows a high resistance to physical and chemical effects.
All surgical procedures may cause scarring, either large or small. What is important is that the scar is not so prominent that it upsets the patient. Factors including skin structure, experience and diligence of the plastic surgeon performing the procedure and protection of the area from irritation and infection during recover play a role in the extent of the resulting scar.
Breast implants have no negative effects on breastfeeding. Implants do not affect the amount, content or flow of breast milk. However, due to technical reasons in breast augmentation surgery, breastfeeding may be affected. When the implant is placed around the nipple (areola), the milk channels corresponding to the lower half may be damaged. The procedure performed from lower breast crease and armpit does not cause such problem. Furthermore, since the implant is placed under the breast or under the muscle, it does not cause any damage to mammary gland.
The shape of the breast implant should be chosen based on fullness, volume and the extent of looseness of the existing breast. For example, if the breast tissue is deposited towards the lower sections and slightly loosened, the drop shape may be preferred. In a non-sagging and small breast, it's possible to achieve a very natural result with a round implant that is not too large.
In rare cases, capsular contracture may develop due to hematomas which have not been emptied, long-term infections and genetic predisposition. Because the breast implant is perceived as foreign matter by the body, a sheath (capsule) of elastic, fine connective tissue may form around the implant. It is usually a thin membrane and does not cause any problems. In rare cases where it is thicker, the capsule is loosened by surgery and another smaller implant is placed. In severe cases, the capsule and implant can be completely removed. Using a rough breast implant with a suitable volume, placing the implant under the muscle, clean operation during surgery, adequate and correct massage after the procedure, will significantly reduce the possibility of capsule contracture.
Contrary to the claims, commercially available herbal tablets and creams are mostly preparations containing hormones, which disrupt the body's hormone balance. They may also increase the likelihood of breast cancer. They may produce a slight edema and a very small volume enhancement in the breast during the time they are used but the size of breasts will return to their former size later on. As a result, it is impossible to enlarge the breasts to the desired extent and permanently with these products.
Over the last 5 years, more than 2000 studies have been published on various silicone implants and silicone. Many studies have shown that breast implants are not related to potential diseases. In a US study conducted with 5000 people with breast implants and 5000 people without breast implants, the percentage of breast cancer in those with breast implants was lower than that in those without breast implants.
Various filler injection applications can be utilized in non-surgical breast augmentation. Its effect is not as permanent as surgery. Exercising the upper body and chest exercises help the muscles to grow larger and thus make the breasts look a little fuller.
It is possible to return to normal life and work life after the third day following breast augmentation surgery with implant.
A slight loss of sensation may occasionally occur in a breast augmentation surgery in which the point of insertion is the nipple.