Breast augmentation, boob job, breast aug, augmentation mammaplasty — there are a lot of different names that this procedure goes by. But whatever terminology is being used, its ability to provide people with the increased confidence makes it at the top of popular cosmetic procedure lists.
But if you are just starting to learn about different cosmetic breast procedures, breast augmentation is a surgery that increases the size or improves the shape of your existing breasts. This is often performed with implants, but fat transfer can be performed as well.
According to a recent report from The Aesthetic Society, more than 252,000 breast augmentations were performed throughout 2020, making it the second most popular cosmetic surgery currently performed.
Why Do We Need Breast Augmentations?
The breast are a symbol of femininity. Outside of breast augmentation, virtually nothing can be done about altering our breast sizes or shapes. Many people try to address the issue with underlying padding, but those methods don’t really solve the problem when it comes to swimsuits or lingerie.
We need breast augmentations because we want to feel confident in our appearance, and when there are no alternatives available, a safe, reliable way to improve your bust in the long term is a much-needed relief.
What Does Breast Augmentation Treat?
Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, can address any of the following concerns:
- Insufficient breast size
- Poor breast shape
- Deflated breast volume (from pregnancy, aging or weight fluctuation)
- Lack of upper breast contours
- Breast asymmetry
- Elongated breasts
If your particular concern isn’t listed, you may still benefit from breast augmentation or similar cosmetic surgery. The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation with our Dubai office.
Am I a Breast Augmentation Candidate?
You may be a good candidate for breast augmentation if you:
- Are physically healthy and have maintained an ideal weight
- Have realistic expectations about the procedures and their results
- Have breasts that have finished developing
- Are not pregnant, planning on becoming pregnant or breastfeeding
- Are free from preexisting conditions that pose surgical risks
How Should I Prepare for Breast Augmentation?
We recommend that every patient do thorough research to see if breast augmentation is proper for them. Take your time reading the accounts of patients and browsing before and after photos.
We try to let our patients know that they should keep a list of any questions or concerns they have about the process so that when they come in for their initial consultation with Biolite Aesthetic Clinic, they can get accurate and direct answers.
Having as much accurate and reliable information as possible will make you feel better about moving forward with the process. Getting information that is specific to your conditions is also very valuable.
During your consultation, one of our medical professionals will review your medical history, ask about your aesthetic goals and conduct a thorough physical examination. That information will then be used to create a specific treatment plan that is custom-fit to your needs.
We believe that every surgery or treatment should be as unique as the patients we see, so you need not worry about having a cookie-cutter approach taken to your appearance.
You will be given a list of instructions to follow in the days and weeks leading up to your breast augmentation. Those instructions should be followed closely since they directly affect your safety and results.
What Are My Breast Augmentation Options?
Breast augmentation is a highly customizable procedure. At Biolite Aesthetic Clinic, the surgeon will guide you to choose the most convenient breast augmentation approach for your case, implant size, shape and texture, as well as your incision and implant locations.
Silicone Implants — These are generally considered the current standard for breast augmentations since the silicone gel used in these implants feels more natural to the touch. Additionally, the implant does not collapse if the implant ruptures
Gummy Bear Implants — These implants use a much more rigid structure and filling to maintain their shape even when the implant lining is compromised. These implants come in many different shapes and sizes, offering the patient a wide variety of aesthetic options.
Round Implants — These are great options for people looking to have a uniform boost around the entire breast. Since they are perfectly symmetrical implants, there is less concern that they will slip out of place during recovery.
Periareolar — An incision made around the nipple, which easily conceals scarring but provides the least amount of access to the breast structure.
Inframammary — An incision made toward the bottom of the breast within the folds of the skin. This provides more access to the breast but slightly more noticeable scarring.
Submuscular — Implant will be placed below the pectoral muscle, reducing the likelihood that rippling will occur but increasing the chances of implant rupture.
Submammary — Implant will be placed directly beneath the breast tissue, allowing for more projection and decreasing the likelihood of implant rupture.
Fat transfer is a breast augmentation method that is growing in popularity because of the natural and substantial results without the need for implants. This eliminates the possibility that your body will reject implants.
This procedure is performed in a two-step process. The first is the harvesting of fat from a targeted area on your body through liposuction. The removed fat is then purified and placed into your breast tissue for a more voluminous appearance.
The ability to improve the size of your bust while reducing unwanted fat in a different area of your body is a very well-received notion to some patients. Tackling both at the same time provides you with much more comprehensive improvements to your contours.
What Should I Expect from a Breast Augmentation Procedure?
Here is a simplified list of the standard breast augmentation steps:
- Patient checks in and meets with the surgeon
- Surgeon will review the plans and mark the patient’s body
- Patient will be taken into the surgical room
- Patient will receive anesthesia
- Surgeon will make incisions
- Surgeon places the implants
- Surgeon closes the incisions with sutures
- Patient is wrapped with bandaging and compression garments
What Should I Expect During Breast Augmentation Recovery?
Here is what you can expect at every step of the recovery process:
Immediately After Surgery
Activities: None, rest at a 45-degree angle, no showering
Side Effects: Minor pain, swelling, bruising and discomfort
Precautions: Compression garments, empty drains
Week One and Two
Activities: Light walks, rest at a 45-degree angle, gentle showering
Side Effects: Minor swelling and discomfort
Precautions: Compression garments, empty drains
Weeks Three and Four
Activities: Light activity as cleared by the surgeon
Side Effects: Small amounts of residual swelling
Precautions: No heavy lifting or strenuous activity
Weeks Five and Six
Activities: Resume all activities as cleared by the surgeon
Side Effects: None
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from a Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation results are long-lasting and will continue to provide you with the figure you enjoy as long as the implants are maintained. Eventually, you will need to have the implants replaced, but this usually takes about 10 or 15 years and coincides nicely with natural changes to your body, like skin ptosis.
Can I Combine My Breast Augmentation with Other Procedures?
Breast augmentation is often combined with other procedures like tummy tucks, Mommy Makeovers, liposuction, abdominoplasty and body lifts. We recommend combining procedures as often as possible since they will save you time in recovery and money in surgical and facility fees.
Let one of our medical experts know if you are interested in having multiple procedures performed simultaneously.
Ready to Start Your Breast Augmentation Journey?
If you are ready to find out how breast augmentation can help you achieve the bust of your dreams, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with our expert staff, give our Dubai office a call at +971 4 346 6641. You can also fill out our online contact form to receive a call at a more convenient date!