Are you thinking of having cosmetic breast augmentation to achieve a desired symmetry or proportion of your breasts in Barcelona?
Breast surgery is a cosmetic procedure to change the appearance of the breasts. Notably when the patient's self-esteem or confidence is affected negatively. Often used as a way to achieve a symmetrical appearance of the breasts or to change their size and shape.
It is commonly known as a breast expansion or breast enlargement.
If you are considering cosmetic breast surgery, make an appointment with our specialists. They will study your specific case and offer you a solution adapted to your needs and expectations.
What are the different breast surgery treatments?
Breast augmentation surgery can modify the shape, volume and position of the breast, while respecting the desired symmetries and proportions.
When should I get cosmetic breast surgery?
This decision is yours, and yours alone.
Breast augmentation may be used when breasts are sagging, underdeveloped, or simply too small for the patient's taste. This procedure regains volume and shape most often performed with breast implants.
If you are considering a cosmetic procedure, please do not hesitate to get in contact with our plastic surgeon. Make sure you see a highly-qualified, trained surgeon.
What are the different ways of achieving breast augmentation?
Augmentation with breast implants
Breast implants give very good results. There are several types of implants which are adopted according to the patient's expectations.
The main differences are :
- Shape: more natural or the round shape
- Texture: the texture can be smooth or rough
- Composition: an implant is filled with silicone gel or saline solution.
Breast augmentation with implants is performed by placing saline or silicone breast implants behind the breast tissue or under the pectoral muscle. The operation is performed under general anaesthesia as an outpatient procedure so you will be home the same day. In some cases, the patient will have to stay in hospital for one or two nights.
The final results of this operation will be visible 6 months later. It will take 15 days before you can resume normal daily activities. In the third week you will be able to take a good look.
This method of breast augmentation uses autologous fat, in other words, one's own fat, and offers lighter and more natural results.
Fat transfer surgery begins with liposuction to extract fat from areas such as the love handles, stomach or thighs. The removed fat is then processed before being injected into the patient's breast. Breast lipofilling allows the patient's figure to be reshaped and the volume of the breast to be increased.
To perform this operation, the patient must have localized fat deposits. It is important to note that part of the fat injected into the breast will be naturally reabsorbed by the body. This procedure allows you to gain approximately one cup, and is ideal for correcting asymmetry, for example.
Composite breast augmentation
Composite breast augmentation is a combination of two techniques: breast implants and lipofilling. Once the implant is inserted, the surgeon injects the patient's own fat around it. This procedure offers very natural results both visually and to the touch.
How is cosmetic breast augmentation usually performed?
The pre-operative consultation
The surgeon will talk to you before the operation about your desired final results. During this consultation, the following is established:
- The patient's motivation.
- Medical history
- A physical examination
- Type of anaesthesia: local, local assisted or general.
- A pre-anaesthesia check-up is also performed.
The patient will determine their desired size by fitting trial implants.
The procedure varies according to the type of cosmetic breast augmentation treatment but generally the operation is as follows.
- making a cut (incision) in the skin next to or below the breast
- positioning the implant – either between your breast tissue and chest muscle, or behind your chest muscle (as discussed during your consultation)
- stitching the incision and covering it with a dressing
The operation takes between 60 and 90 minutes.
Breast implants are made up of a silicone shell filled with either saline (a salt water solution) or silicone gel. On the other hand, and as mentioned, breast lipofilling involves the removal of fat deposits from other parts of the body.
In general, all breast augmentations are minimally invasive procedures.
The post operation
Breast implant surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis: the patient can go home the same day.
After the operation, the patient must wear bandages to support the breasts and limit swelling. You'll be given pain relief if you experience any discomfort afterwards.
During this period, it is recommended to sleep on the back and not on the side to prevent the implant to rupture. Sporting activity, exposure to intense heat or cold is not recommended.
Pain and discomfort can be relieved with medication prescribed by the surgeon.
Are there risks associated with breast surgery?
It is a relatively straightforward procedure. As with any surgery, some uncertainty and risk are expected. It is best to talk to your surgeon about your concerns and expectations. Seek consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.
There are various risks to consider:
- Thick, obvious scarring
- The rupture of saline implants – may cause small tender lumps (siliconomas) leading to an implant removal
- creases or folds in the implant
- the implant rotating within the breast, resulting in an abnormal shape
- nerve problems in the nipples – they may become more sensitive, less sensitive, or completely numb; this can be temporary or permanent
As with all operations, there is a small carried risk of bleeding, colts, infection and allergic reaction. This is why it is of utmost importance to consult a highly qualified and experienced surgeon.
Our plastic surgeon
Dr. Lloyd Nanhekhan