Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, Breast lift, Breast reconstruction, Breast reduction

Breast Augmentation, also called Augmentation Mammaplasty is a popular plastic surgery procedure that involves the surgical intervention to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts.

Our partners are represented by selected clinics in Europe that offer breast augmentation and have highly experienced and skilled plastic surgeons who specialize in this procedure. Depending on the patient’s needs, doctors can offer breast implants for augmentation, promptly remove excess skin and sagging tissue, or perform a breast reduction with lift. In addition to creating a beautiful breast, these procedures aim to preserve its health and functionality. Breast augmentation may also be wanted by patients who have undergone a mastectomy (surgical removal of breasts), as a reconstruction of the breast.

Due to the intimate connection between breasts and female identity, breast surgery can help you regain confidence and femininity.

Breast augmentation and other breast surgeries are among the most common plastic surgery procedures performed on women, and can help to enhance or alter breast size and shape to better align with a woman’s desired appearance and identity. Ultimately, the connection between breasts and female identity is complex and multifaceted, and can vary depending on cultural, social, and individual factors.

Mini-invasive Breast Augmentation with Implants

Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to increase the size of the breasts by inserting implants beneath the breast tissue or muscles.

Breast Augmentation Surgery should not be a standardized procedure. The doctor will select the implant type and size for each patient based on factors such as the patient’s physical condition (skin thickness and elasticity, chest wall, original breast size, etc.) and the patient’s desires (how much larger they want their breasts to be, etc.) so that the patient can achieve the most pleasing and natural results in relation to their body proportions. Other factors that should be considered are: height, weight, bust size, chest width, chest height, areola size, skin thickness, skin type, distance from sternum to the nipples, distance from the midline to nipples, distance from clavicle to nipples, distance from the lower breast line to nipples and clothing style.

Nowadays, the Breast augmentation with implants is mainly performed by the minimally invasive approaches, such as endoscopically, that means a shortened recovery time and decreased pain. Additionally, it helps reduce redundant breast space. Silicone will be used for breast implants, and capsular contracture is less likely to occur.

Although the number of plastic surgeons performing endoscopic breast augmentation is growing, it takes a significant amount of time to acquire the necessary advanced skills and knowledge. It is essential to select a competent professional. Many patients fear the pain associated with breast surgery. Typically, bleeding, inflammation, and tissue damage cause pain. The HD endoscopy breast surgery minimizes blood loss and tissue damage, thereby reducing pain significantly. In addition, intercostal anesthesia is administered during the operation, and the patient will be prescribed analgesics after the procedure (pain medication). Thus, the patient will experience minimal pain and will not require epidural injections. Patients can leave the hospital without hospitalization on the day of surgery.

Silicone breast implants are commonly used for breast reconstruction as well as breast augmentation for cosmetic purposes. Implant rupture is one of the most common reasons for implant removal, with silicone leakage being a particular cause for concern. Although implant rupture can result in a variety of symptoms, up to fifty percent of women with ruptured implants experience none. Therefore, it is highly recommended to conduct routine MRI scans every two years beginning three years after surgery to detect implant rupture.

Surgery duration: 1 – 2 hours

Return to daily routine: 2 – 3 days after operation

Hospitalization: from 1 to 4 days

Follow up consultations: around 2 – 3 times

Breast Implant Revision

Breast implant revision is a surgical procedure that involves replacing or removing existing breast implants. It is typically performed to correct problems with the original breast implants, such as implant rupture, capsular contracture (scar tissue formation around the implant), or dissatisfaction with the size or shape of the implants.

The procedure typically involves making incisions in the breast tissue to remove the existing implant and any scar tissue that has formed around it. The surgeon may then insert a new implant, adjust the size or shape of the implant pocket, or perform a breast lift (mastopexy) to reshape the breast tissue. In some cases, the existing implant may be left in place and only the scar tissue is removed or adjusted. This is called a capsulectomy or capsulotomy.

Breast implant revision is a complex procedure that requires a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon. Recovery time will depend on the extent of the surgery, but patients typically need to take some time off work and avoid strenuous exercise for several weeks after the procedure. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully to ensure a successful recovery.

Autologous Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation (Lipofilling)

If you desire slightly larger breasts or want to address a deflated appearance after pregnancy, you may be considering breast augmentation. Although breast implants are the gold standard for improving breast shape and size, they are not the only way to increase breast volume; a small increase can be achieved by using your own fat instead.

For patients who do not have loose breast skin, some surgeons use tissue expanders to stretch the skin prior to fat grafting in order to achieve optimal results.

  • Transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap (TRAM Flap) breast reconstruction is one of the most common types of breast reconstruction. Collecting tissues from the abdomen and transferring them to the breasts. In addition to breast enhancement, patients can observe changes in the body’s contour.
  • In the case of breast reconstruction utilizing a latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap, upper back tissues are harvested. The Skin, fat, and muscles of the back are transferred to the breasts.

Fat grafting in breast surgery has a low incidence of serious complications, but there is a risk of fat necrosis, in which the transferred fat dies, cyst formation or calcifications, and interference with breast cancer screenings. Before undergoing fat grafting to the breasts, discuss this potential complication with your OB-GYN and board-certified cosmetic surgeon, especially if you have a personal or familial history of breast cancer. And following a fat transfer procedure, it is essential to inform your mammographer and other medical professionals about your procedure history.

Fat transfer is a natural alternative to traditional breast augmentation, providing a natural look and feel to the breasts. It is a useful tool for customizing breast reconstruction surgery, allowing surgeons to more closely restore the look desired. It can also be used to improve the appearance of breast implant rippling, a complication in which the breast implant texture shows through the skin. For fat grafting, the fat is harvested from the patient themself, so the procedure also reduces cellulite and unnecessary fat in the abdomen or thighs. On the other hand, breast augmentation with fat grafting cannot achieve the more perky, structured, rounded breast appearance provided by breast implants, and the amount of fat that will remain permanently is unpredictable. There is a risk of transferred fat forming calcifications or cysts that may interfere with routine breast surveillance. A limited amount of fat can be injected, and maintaining results requires maintaining a stable weight.

The results of a breast augmentation with fat transfer are permanent. Six months may be required to see the final results. During this time, the fat cells permanently settle into their new locations. The majority of those who undergo fat transfer breast augmentations are pleased with the outcome. If you are dissatisfied with your fat transfer procedure, your provider may recommend a second procedure.

Surgery duration: 2 – 5 hours

Return to daily routine: 3 – 4 days after operation

Hospitalization: 1 – 2 days

Follow up consultations: depends on symptoms

Breast Lift

A cosmetic surgeon can create a more youthful breast contour by removing excess, stretched-out skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and repositioning the nipple and areola forward. During breast lift surgery, stretched, large areolae can also be reduced to create breasts with better proportions and a more natural appearance.

Breast lift surgery is performed to restore a better breast shape after pregnancy and breastfeeding, to enhance breast contour after weight loss, and to achieve a beautiful, perky breast shape for the first time. A small but increasing number of breast lift patients have had sagging breasts since puberty, and breast lift surgery can help them achieve the desired breast profile.

Types of Breast Lifts

For women with a very small amount of sagging to correct, cosmetic surgeons may use the “crescent lift” technique. This involves making a small incision halfway around the upper half of the areola’s edge. Typically, a crescent lift is only performed in conjunction with breast augmentation, and even in these cases, the crescent incision type is used less frequently.

A peri-areolar lift is frequently a good option for women who have mild sagging but would still benefit from a breast lift. As with the crescent lift, this involves a circular incision around the areola and is commonly performed in conjunction with breast augmentation. This lift can also help reduce the size of the areola. The resulting scar follows the areola’s edge.

This type of breast lift is frequently performed because it enables a cosmetic surgeon to remove excess skin and reshape the entire breast with small, easily concealed scars. A vertical lift requires two incisions: one around the edge of the areola and one from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold, creating a “lollipop” shape.

An anchor lift, which allows a cosmetic surgeon to remove significant amounts of excess skin and sagging tissues, may produce the best results if you have significantly sagging, drooping breasts. This procedure requires three incisions: one around the edge of the areola, one vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and one along the inframammary fold, which is concealed within the breast crease. If you’re having a breast reduction with lift, your cosmetic surgeon may also employ this method. Although the anchor lift leaves visible scars, they typically fade significantly with proper care and can be concealed by a bikini top.

In some instances, a breast lift alone may not produce the desired results for a patient. If you feel that your breasts appear “deflated” or have lost volume due to aging, weight loss, or pregnancy, your cosmetic surgeon can insert breast implants during breast lift surgery to restore fullness and shape. If you’ve always desired larger, lifted breasts, a breast augmentation with lift can help you achieve both with a single procedure and recovery period.

Your breasts will continue to undergo natural changes as a result of the aging process; however, with proper care, you should not experience the same degree of sagging for many years. However, it is essential to recognize that certain life events, such as a future pregnancy or weight fluctuations, can negatively impact your results. If you intend to have more children or wish to lose weight, it is best to reach these goals before undergoing a breast lift.

Surgery duration: 1 – 2 hours

Return to daily routine: 3 – 4 days after operation

Hospitalization: not required or 1 day

Follow up consultations: 2 – 3 times

Combined Breast Augmentation

Combined breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure that involves combining breast augmentation with another breast surgery, such as a breast lift or breast reduction. This approach is often used to achieve more comprehensive results than would be possible with a single procedure alone.

Breast augmentation involves the insertion of saline or silicone implants to increase the size and improve the shape of the breasts. A breast lift, on the other hand, involves removing excess skin and tightening the breast tissue to lift and reshape sagging breasts. A breast reduction involves removing excess breast tissue and skin to reduce the size and weight of the breasts.

By combining breast augmentation with another procedure, the surgeon can address multiple concerns at once, such as increasing breast volume while also correcting sagging or asymmetry. However, it’s important to note that combined breast augmentation is a more complex procedure than breast augmentation alone and may require a longer recovery period. It’s important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine if combined breast augmentation is the right choice for your individual needs and goals.

Breast lift surgery is performed to restore a better breast shape after pregnancy and breastfeeding, to enhance breast contour after weight loss, and to achieve a beautiful, perky breast shape for the first time. A small but increasing number of breast lift patients have had sagging breasts since puberty, and breast lift surgery can help them achieve the desired breast profile.