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Breast Augmentation

Who are eligible candidates for breast augmentation?

Breasts complete their development around the ages of 19 and 20. For that reason, those who are 19 –20 years old, healthy and not satisfied with the size of their breasts (who do not have any breast tissue at all, who have insufficient tissues or who have sufficient breasts but want to have larger ones) may have a plastic surgery operation for breast enlargement.

What are the methods of breast augmentation?

The most effective and the healthiest way of breast augmentation is the silicon breast prosthesis. Plastic surgeries for breast enlargement with silicone breast prosthesis are the most commonly applied plastic surgeries in the United States of America.

Other methods which have begun to be applied in the last years are the plastic surgeries for breast enlargement performed by injecting the fatty tissues taken from own body of the person or ready filling materials into the breasts. As these methods have just begun being used, there is no strong data about their long-term results.

If you ask my personal opinion, the plastic surgery for breast enlargement means the plastic surgery performed with the silicon breast prosthesis. I do not find the injection of the ready filling material into the breasts sufficiently safe for now. Because it is a very new issue, and we do not have in hand data based on years yet. For that reason, I think that we do not need to seek an adventure regarding breasts. 2 or 3 sessions may be required so that the breasts can be enlarged sufficiently by injecting fatty tissues into the breasts. And that means surgery stress twice or three times and a high cost, even in that case, your breasts may not reach the desired size with the fatty tissues.

What are the risks and complications of breast augmentation operation?

The most common risk of the breast enlargement operation is related to the size of the prosthesis used. The most important fears of the patients applying for breast enlargement in the beginning are what if they become very large and they seem unnatural. Depending on that, they reflect their anxieties unwittingly about the size to their plastic surgeons more than they actually are. When they think really so, then the possibility of encountering any problems related to the size is very low after the surgery. However, as I mentioned, for example, if the anxiety for not being so large is a case expressed considering the reactions which will come from others, then we may encounter the statements of our patients as if only they were larger. For that reason, focus completely on your wish and on what kind of breasts will satisfy you before the surgery, and do not pay attention to the negative opinions that may be heard from the people around you.

How many types of Silicone Breast implant (breast prosthesis) are there?

Silicone breast implants are basically in two forms, Round and Anatomical (tear drop). Round and anatomical prosthesis are divided into two: rough (textured) surface or flat (soft). Both of these prostheses have their own low, medium and high profile types. Your plastic surgeon will determine which type of prosthesis is appropriate for you, taking into consideration your consideration during inspection, as well as your expectations.

What plane should the silicone prosthesis be placed in?

There are 3 different planes where the silicone prosthesis can be placed during breast augmentation surgery. These planes are under the breast tissue, subfascial (under membrane) and submuscular planes. The ideal plan selected according to each nipple and body structure may vary. The decision on which is to be chosen is made during the examination, in accordance with your expectations and the findings of your plastic surgeon during the examination.

Where should the incision or scar be?

Incisions can be made from 3 different places for breast prosthesis surgery. These are below the breast, the border of the colored section around the nipple (areola) and below the arm pit. Thus, according to the area selected, there will be a 3.5-4 cm incision scar in one of the areas below the breast, around the nipple or in the under arm. This scar may be red initially, however after a period of around 6 months and 1 year, it takes on a less visible color. There are advantages and disadvantages of these scars. When deciding on the place of the scar, these advantages and disadvantages, the structure of the person, their expectations and whether they will give birth or not must be considered.

How the size of the breast prosthesis is decided on?

The most important determinant of the size of the silicone breast prosthesis is the base diameter of the person’s chest. The base width of the prosthesis is determined according to the base diameter of the chest. If we wish to achieve healthy, natural and beautiful results, the base width of the silicone prosthesis to be chosen must be less than the base width of the breast.

Do silicone breast prosthesis affect lactation?

Silicone breast prostheses are never placed inside the breast tissue. They are placed underneath the breast tissue, under the muscle membrane or under the muscle. So the milk glands and milk ducts which allow milk production and secretion are in front of the prosthesis. Thus, persons with silicone breast prostheses, will be able to comfortably and without any problems breastfeed their babies after giving birth. Only if the incision is made around the nipple, lactation can be problematic. Therefore, it is not recommended for those who are considering giving birth to have their prosthesis placed through an incision around the nipple.

Does silicone cause breast cancer?

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. 1 in 8 women in the United States, and about 1 in 14 women in our country suffer from breast cancer. In a study carried out on 500 women with and 500 women without silicone in the United States of America, no difference was found in the incidence rate in both groups for breast cancer. Research shows that silicone breast implants do not cause breast cancer.

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