Thinking of getting breast augmentation? You’re not alone. It’s one of the most popular plastic surgeries, not just in Asia but all over the world. There’s no shame or blame in wanting a curvier figure. And with the latest advancements in breast enhancement, you face less risks and can get more natural results.
However, breast augmentation is still an important decision. This article can help you weigh the pros and cons, learn more about what expect, and find out about the options and cost of breast augmentation in Singapore.
- What is Breast Augmentation?
- Types of Breast Augmentation
- Can I also change the way my nipples look?
- How long do breast implants last?
- What is the typical cost of breast augmentation?
- How long is the recovery time?
- What are the side effects of breast augmentation?
- What do breast implants feel like?
- How “big” can I go?
- How can I decide on the best breast size?
- Can breast augmentation affect my ability to breastfeed?
- Will breast augmentation affect sensation and sensitivity?
- Am I good candidate for breast augmentation?
- How do I choose a breast augmentation doctor or clinic?
- What’s the best breast augmentation procedure for me?
- Will breast augmentation affect my breast cancer screenings?
- Will I “feel” the breast implants?
- Can exercise or activity damage my breast implants?
- Most importantly: you have to feel comfortable about the operation before saying yes to it
What is Breast Augmentation?
There are many different kinds of breast surgeries. Breast augmentation increases your breast size, either with implants or with fat transfers. This is different from breast lifts, which correct sagging and enhance shape.
And not everyone wants bigger boobs — some women actually want to reduce the size through breast reduction.
Types of Breast Augmentation
Silicone vs Saline breast implants
There are two basic types of breast implants: saline and silicone gel.
Saline breast implants are silicone shells that are filled with a saline solution (basically, sterilized salt water). Some of the shells are pre-filled, while others are injected with saline solution during the breast surgery itself. Silicone breast implants are silicone shells filled with a plastic gel.
So what’s the “best” kind of implant? The answer isn’t cut and dried. Some women way that silicone breast implants feel more real and natural, but the complications are higher if they happen to leak. Saline implants, on the other hand, are made of compounds that are already found in the body. In case it ruptures, there won’t be very bad side effects.
Fat transfer breast augmentation surgery involves getting fat from other parts of the body (such as the belly and thighs) and transferring it to the breast. This is best if you only want a small increase in breast size.
Some women prefer this kind of breast augmentation because they’re using their own natural fat (versus a foreign implant). However, it involves two steps: a liposuction and breast augmentation. It also has its own share of risks, such as: cysts, infection, microcalcification, death of fat cells, and migration of the fat cells from the breast area.
Can I also change the way my nipples look?
Yes. This operation called mastopexy or areola reduction. Women who get breast reduction will need this to make their areolas proportional to their breasts.
How long do breast implants last?
The breast implants do not last forever. There are situations such as weight loss and pregnancy which might result in a leakage or a change of the implant’s shape. In that case, you’ll need new implants to retain the shape of your bosom.
What is the typical cost of breast augmentation?
There are a lot of factors that affect the price of breast augmentation in Singapore, since there is no one-cup-size-fits-all approach. If you want a dramatic change, then you will need to pay more for the more complicated procedure. Doctors may also have different rates, with the more prestigious clinics expectedly demanding a higher price.
Nevertheless, don’t be tempted to find the cheapest breast augmentation treatment you can find. It’s better to get an experienced, credible Singapore cosmetic surgeon to perform such a major procedure.
How long is the recovery time?
Give yourself time to heal. Take about a week off from work to rest and recover at home. Your doctor may also recommend taking an even longer medical leave, or give extra precautions, depending on your medical history and the complexity of your procedure.
What are the side effects of breast augmentation?
You may experience soreness, which will take several days to completely disappear. The soreness will last longer if the implant is placed behind the muscle of the breast. But a lot of women take the risk and choose this in order to achieve a fuller and more natural looking breasts.
What do breast implants feel like?
A lot of doctors and clinics will say that silicone implants feel similar to real breasts. But the truth is, it still feels unnatural. If you want to achieve natural-looking boobs, go for smaller implants. It gives your body time to adjust to the changes in your bust.
How “big” can I go?
A woman with a small A cup breasts can’t upsize to a DD cup in one operation. It is unhealthy and unrealistic! A normal breast augmentation increases your bust up to a couple of cup sizes. This is to give room for your body to adjust. Then, it is up to the patient if she wants to add more implants in the next few years.
How can I decide on the best breast size?
If you’re unsure of the boob size for your breast augmentation, use “sizers”. It is a bead-filled neoprene sack that you can add to your bra — like a personal breast augmentation before and after picture.
Can breast augmentation affect my ability to breastfeed?
It depends on the breast augmentation procedure. Women who have implants, especially those who have areola incisions choose not to breastfeed. In this case, breastfeeding a child might damage the minor ducts and might disconnect the areola complex from the mammary glands.
On the other hand, breastfeeding is not a problem if you have a crease or underarm incisions. Talk to your doctor about the best option for you.
Will breast augmentation affect sensation and sensitivity?
There are numerous women who report the loss of sensation in their nipples after a breast augmentation or reduction.
Don’t worry, your nipples will still respond to stimulation. It will get hard when it’s cold or when you touch it. Unfortunately, you may not feel it.
Am I good candidate for breast augmentation?
Obese women who smoke and have a family history of breast cancer might not be fit for a breast augmentation. The surgeon will have to assess your medical and health history before you’ll be cleared for surgery.
How do I choose a breast augmentation doctor or clinic?
We’ve seen a lot of disastrous breast augmentations in the news but some people still fall for bogus plastic surgeons. Before entrusting your body to someone else, make sure they possess the right certifications. Do your own private research on the surgeon you are dealing with. Go over his or her experience in the field. It is better if you get in touch with his or her previous patients.
What’s the best breast augmentation procedure for me?
Ideally, these matters are discussed and settled by you and your surgeon. There are a lot of factors that a doctor considers and he/she needs to explain these to you, the patient before you make a choice. The doctor will take your original breast size, shape, and breast tissues. These factors will help him/her determine the best incision for you. The possible incisions are on the underarm, crease of the breast, and on the areola.
Will breast augmentation affect my breast cancer screenings?
Don’t worry, most mammographers don’t have an issue with the implants the doctor planted on your breasts. It only has a small effect on the test results. However, you still need to discuss the results with your doctor.
The best thing to do is to visit your gynaecologist before the breast augmentation. This is to ensure your initial breast health. If you have a strong family history of breast cancer, think twice about getting this operation done.
Will I “feel” the breast implants?
You may feel a bit conscious about your new figure at the beginning, however you will soon get used to it. Oddly, women who already gave birth will find the implants more comfortable compared to a woman with no kids.
For your comfort, avoid getting unrealistically unproportional breast augmentation. Very large implants will feel heavy and uncomfortable. Good thing, with today’s technology, surgeons are able to match the weight of an augmented C cup with the natural C cup breasts.
Can exercise or activity damage my breast implants?
All your exercises and movements are limited as you recover from the surgery. You can only do light cardio exercises after a week. Most women switch to a lighter fitness routine too.
Most importantly: you have to feel comfortable about the operation before saying yes to it
Ask yourself why you want this procedure done. Understand all the lifestyle changes when it comes to your work and fitness routines. Not to mention the risks that may happen in the future. Can you handle it all?