Breast augmentation: an introduction to the boob job

Post children, you may be wondering what in the world happened to your breasts! Particularly if you’ve breastfed multiple children, those once perky things are probably not quite the same anymore! You may have gained too much in size or appear to have reduced cup size or perhaps they’re roughly the same size but rather…. deflated. For this reason and many more such as asymmetry, injury or cancer you may be looking to invest in some breast augmentation surgery. As one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery worldwide, rates of breast augmentation in Melbourne, Sydney and across Australia are steadily rising. Read below if you’re thinking about a boob upgrade and what you should know.

There is not a one-size-fits all in the implant world anymore. In fact, the scary bolt-ons of the mid 90s are becoming less popular in favour of more natural implants that are inserted under the pectoral muscle. Whether teardrop or round in shape there are several other decisions that you’ll need to make when selecting your new breasts. Saline and silicone are the two main types of implants. The newer gel implants are a popular preference for many as they do not ripple like saline. The type of profile is also important, with implants being available in low, moderate, moderate plus and high. What you select is not only based on the cup size you’re after, but on body shape, chest width and how natural of a look you want.

If you’re interested in also lifting a saggy breast, mastopexy also known as a breast lift, might be a good choice for you. With or without implants, a lift involves removing any excess skin with potential incisions. These may be around the areolae, horizontally or downward to the breast crease (inframammary fold). Your nipples might be moved to a higher position. Maintaining a steady weight is necessary to help retain the results of the lift. However, with age you may need surgical revision at some stage as your skin’s elasticity declines.

Another option for breast augmentation is known as a fat transfer breast enhancement. Not only can breast size be increased naturally, you get liposuction from either the buttocks, thighs or stomach as your own body fat is harvested and then grafted into your chest. That’s a two-for-one procedure that is gaining popularity. Over time, however, the fat may metabolise meaning results are less likely to be as permanent as implants.

On the flip side, there are also rising rates of revisional breast surgery. This is due to a combination of factors such as corrections needed from dodgy overseas surgeries, issues with leakage or rejection of implants, selection of the wrong shape or people opting to remove their implants altogether after a period of time. The best way to avoid forking out for more surgery is to select a surgeon that will listen to your requirements and guide you to select the size, type and profile that suits your body and lifestyle best.

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