Breast Enlargement/Breast Augmentation

Breast Enlargement / Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation (also referred to as breast enlargement) enhances the body contours of a woman by increasing the size, altering the shape or changing the texture of a woman's breasts. If you are a physically and psychologically healthy woman with realistic goals, then you are an ideal candidate for breast augmentation.

However, this procedure has other purposes, such as:
• To correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy.
• Balance a difference in breast size.
• As a reconstructive technique following breast surgery.

How does breast augmentation work?

Breast augmentation is done on an outpatient basis in our surgical center, usually under general anesthesia. An incision is made either around the nipple, under the arm or in the belly button, and a breast implant (prosthesis) is then inserted under the breast tissue or the muscle. The outer surface can be smooth or textured. Plus, implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes to meet every individual's needs.

Implants under the breast muscle

When the implant is placed beneath the muscle of the breast, there is a less risk of contracture (contraction of the tissue surrounding the implant), or visible or palpable implant edges. Subsequent mammography (X-raying of the breast) will also be more reliable.

Implants above the breast muscle

Though there is a higher chance of visible or palpable implant edges, in some cases placing the implant above the muscle (under the breast tissue) increases the natural appearance of the breasts.

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The Procedure

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures in plastic surgery, with a very successful record in delivering satisfied patients. Over the last thirty years, it has undergone a fascinating evolution in terms of technique and effectiveness. For more information, please watch the following video featuring ABSAMC surgeon Dr. Marc Mani and then continue reading below.

Our star surgeon Dr. Marc Mani performing a breast augmentation procedure on a super model

The Modern approach

The modern approach to breast augmentation, which is the technique we employ at ABSAMC, is multi-dimensional and multi-faceted. This technique incorporates many different variables in attempting to achieve our main priority – your desired result. This is determined after a thorough and detailed conversation with the patient about their wishes for size, shape and contours.

The examination requires detailed analysis of the chest size, the amount of breast tissue present, the elasticity of the skin and the three-dimensional appearance of the breast. This data is then combined with the patient's requirements to produce a range of sizes of suitable implants to create the desired outcome. The final decision will be made in the operating room, by examining the size, shape and slope of the breast implant from every angle. It is only after this meticulous process that the final result is achieved.

How it is done?

Breast augmentation can be performed through the nipple, the armpit, underneath the breast or through the belly button. The implant (which contains saline or silicone) can be placed under the muscle, above the muscle or in a dual plane.

Our preferred technique is insertion through the nipple or under the breast, with placement in a dual plane, using a silicone implant. However, the technique will vary depending upon the individual, which will be determined after a full consultation.

Implants

The shape of your augmented breasts depend upon which implant is chosen. A wide array of choices are available in our Dubai offices and the one you opt for depends upon the look you want to achieve. Most of our patients choose conservative sizes, resulting in a natural appearance.

Appearance is also be affected by other factors, such as whether to place the implant below or above the muscle or to combine both in a dual plane. Another factor to consider prior to surgery is breast width, which will determine the amount of cleavage between your breasts and the outer curves of the breasts. You may want to balance these with your hips.

Crucially, it is important to have realistic expectations when considering breast augmentation. Women often think of breast size in terms of bra cup size. If you are currently a size A and wish to become a size C, there must be adequate existing breast tissue coverage to allow for the increase. Otherwise, you run the risk of having visible or palpable implant edges or other complications.

The outer surface of the implant may be smooth or textured, as desired, and implant come in a variety of sizes and shapes to meet every need. At ABSAMC, we use silicone implants in the procedure.

Silicone Implants

The first modern prosthetic breast was invented in 1961, by the American plastic surgeons Thomas Cronin and Frank Gerow and manufactured by the Down Corning Corporation. The following year, in 1962, the first augmentation mammoplasty (breast enlargement surgery) was performed. Over the years, the silicone breast implant and the medical technology that accompanies it have evolved in five generations. Each generation is defined by the common model-manufacturing techniques of its day.

The modern silicone gel-filled breast implant has a silicone outer shell that is filled with silicone gel. They come in a wide variety of different sizes and shapes and can have either smooth or textured shells.

Silicone gel-filled breast implants are approved for breast augmentation in women aged 22 or older and for breast reconstruction in women of any age. They are also used in revision surgeries, which correct or improve the result of an original surgery.

Post Operative Care

Arrange for someone to take you home and care for you for at least the first day of the recovery process. For national and international patients, private nursing care, recovery centers and hotel accommodation can be made through our office.

You will experience some pain for the first day or two that is easily controllable with painkillers. Some tightness in the breast area is also normal as your body adjusts to the implants.

Recovery

You can move about freely after surgery. Wear a bra at all times (except when showering) during the first two weeks following surgery. Avoid heavy lifting for 2-3 weeks. Moderate exercise, such as walking or cycling on a stationary exercise bike, is allowed after the first week. Vigorous exercise, such as jogging or aerobics, may be resumed after 3-4 weeks. You will most likely be able to return to work after a few days, but you will need to avoid any strenuous activity for at least a couple of weeks.

During recovery, the breasts will be somewhat swollen. This is entirely normal. Within a few weeks, the actual shape and size will become evident. You may notice some asymmetry – do not be alarmed by this. In fact, most breasts are naturally somewhat asymmetrical.

Possible complications

Complications during or after breast augmentation surgery are rare and will not affect the majority of people. However, it is important to have a thorough medical evaluation beforehand and to be aware of all potential risks. Risks include: • Delayed wound healing, which may occur in persons with diabetes, history of radiation, autoimmune disease or smokers.
• Capsular contracture (the negative reaction of the immune system to foreign materials in the body)
• Bleeding
• Infection
• Irregularity of the skin
• Rupture of the implant, causing the silicone to leak out and necessitating further surgery.
These risks are generally avoidable, however, by taking the proper precautions. Discuss any concerns you have with your doctor to learn more.

Silicone gel implants and autoimmune disease

In 1992, the FDA placed a hold on silicone implants to further investigate their safety and effectiveness. They have since been replaced by saline (salt water) implants. In particular, there has been concern about the relation between silicone gel implants and autoimmune disease.

However, a large review of multiple studies done by the National Institutes of Health showed that autoimmune disease occurred with the same frequency using saline implants as silicone implants. Therefore, while the cause of autoimmune disease remains unknown, it is unlikely that there is a relationship between the disease and specifically silicone gel implants.

Conclusion

Augmentation mammoplasty (breast enlargement) is a safe and popular procedure that has produced satisfying results for many women. If you are physically healthy, psychologically stable and have realistic expectations about what you wish to achieve, you are an ideal candidate for the procedure. A preliminary consultation can help you determine whether or not breast augmentation is right for you.

At ABSAMC, we pride ourselves on delivering the very best in cosmetic care and surgery. In order to maintain impeccable levels of care and professionalism, we fly in only the elite surgeons from the UK and the USA. Many of our surgeons work in Beverly Hills and have treated not only movie and music stars, but also royalty. We are dedicated to providing the highest standards of cosmetic surgery and will accept nothing less than the best for you.

Here are the following top surgeons that perform Breast Enlargement Surgery at the American British Surgical & Medical Centre, Dubai:

Dr. Marc Mani MD, FACS

Specialist in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr Marc ManiDr. Marc Mani is a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California, and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He was named as one of the ten leading plastic surgeons in the United States by Forbes magazine. Among other media appearances, his practice is featured in the New York Times' ten-episode documentary series Plastic Surgery Beverley Hills, airing on Discovery Channel networks all over the globe.

An artist from an early age, Dr. Mani is renowned worldwide, not only for his skill and experience in performing aesthetic procedures, but also for the many advances and innovations he has contributed in the areas of facelift surgery, breast surgery and rhinoplasty. He is a known pioneer of Johnson and Johnson Inc.'s exciting Harmonic technology, which he uses in facelifts and other procedures for a dramatic reduction in swelling, bruising and pain, and leads to a quicker recovery.

Dr. Mani earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and went on to receive medical school and residency training in the prestigious plastic surgery program at Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center. He is a frequent contributor to leading plastic surgery journals and textbooks and is a much sought-after presenter of national academic and professional conferences. Click here to view Dr. Mani's full profile and arrange a consultation with him.

Dr. Anthony Griffin

Dr Anthony GriffinRenowned plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Griffin is considered one of the foremost authorities on plastic surgery for African Americans and ethnic skin types. Though he has treated patients of all races and ethnicities, he takes a personal interest in spreading the word that minorities who have plastic surgery no longer have to copy traditional beauty ideals. "I want people to know they can enhance their natural beauty and still retain their ethnic identity", says Dr. Griffin.

He is a pioneer in scar-free surgery, especially for scar-prone minorities. He has authored a book on the subject and works tirelessly to promote new safe ethnic surgical techniques to other surgeons. His surgeries have been featured on ABC's Extreme Makeover, CNN, Time magazine, the Discovery Health Channel, Essence magazine, National Geographic, the Learning Channel and many more. As a general expert on plastic surgery, he is a regular commentator on E! Entertainment and can often be seen on shows like Access Hollywood.

Dr. Griffin is a graduate of Brown University and U.S.C. He holds a diploma from the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has more than a decade of training and experience in plastic surgery. Click here to view Dr. Griffin's profile in full, and to arrange a consultation with him.