Breast augmentation remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world. Not only that but it‘s one of the “oldest” cosmetic surgeries too. It‘s been almost 60 years since the first breast augmentation surgery using silicone implants was performed. Back then there weren’t as many options in breast augmentation. Women today can choose their size, the type of implant, its shape. Women can even get breast enlargement without implants through fat transfer. But all of this may feel a bit overwhelming when you have to choose.
That’s why in this article we’re going to introduce you to some important things you need to know and consider before going in for a breast augmentation in Singapore. This article will include:
- What can you expect from your consultation
- What costs you can expect
- What happens during surgery
- How to find the best doctor for your needs
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What happens during Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure involving placing an implant underneath the breast tissue. During the surgery, your surgeon will make an incision in either of these places: around the nipple, the fold under the breast, or the armpit. As a patient, you can make a decision about which type of incision you want but ultimately your surgeon will suggest the most suitable one for you depending on the size of your implants or your specific case.
After that, your surgeon will place the implant in either under the breast muscle or directly underneath the breast tissue. Again, the placement of the implant depends on factors such as the type of implant, the size, and your body type.
The breast augmentation options
According to TheLookBook, Singapore can offer you some of the greatest cosmetic surgery clinics in the world. Breast augmentation options include enlargement through implants or fat grafting.
Breast enhancement using implants relies on placing silicone or a saline implant under the breast while fat-grafting relies on using your fat that’s transferred into the breasts.
Fat-grafting has become quite a popular choice among women because of its natural appeal. However, with fat-grafting, you can’t expect a huge size increase. You would also need enough fat on your body to be able to get it.
Types of implants available
First off, there two basic types of breast implants: saline or silicone. Saline implants are filled with saline (saltwater) solution, while silicone is filled with medical-grade silicone. The choice between the two depends on the advice of your doctor and your expectations.
Saline breast implants don’t require any detection if they leak – your body will naturally absorb the solution without any health risks, and your breast will look significantly smaller. They don’t look very natural, however.
Silicone implants feel more natural because they keep their shape. However, if the implant does rupture it’s not possible to see it. Silicone will not penetrate the barrier around the implant which means it will not enter your body. That being said, you will have to get additional check-ups a year or three years after the surgery.
Popular implant shapes
There are two basic types of implant shapes: round and tear-drop. Tear-drop implants seem more natural because they mimic the shape of breasts. Round implants can also seem natural and they come in bigger sizes too. Of course, the size of the implants will be chosen based on your height, breast size, whether you want to breastfeed, etc. At the end of the day, the decision is yours.
What happens during your first consultation?
The first consultation with your plastic surgeon is your opportunity to ask all of the questions you have about the surgery or the surgeon. During your consultation, you’ll also discuss your expectations about the surgery and they will explain the most important details about the procedure and all of your options.
Usually the consultation, your surgeon is also going to perform some examination of your breast and ask questions about your health concerns and medical history including medications you’re currently taking.
Questions to ask during your consultation
Your first consultation is also the time to determine whether the surgeon is fit for you and whether you trust them. You can ask the surgeon about his credentials, like whether or not they are board-certified, or trained specifically for breast augmentation. You can also ask them about the number of surgeries they perform each month.
Other questions you would want to ask are about the anesthesia and details about the surgery. You can also ask about your implants options and even before and after pictures of his/her previous patients.
How to find a good plastic surgeon?
There are many great plastic surgeons. Particularly in Asia, as the demand there is extremely high. But finding one that you feel comfortable with can be a bit overwhelming. Before you commit to breast augmentation it’s best to research A LOT.
You can research online, check the surgeon or clinic’s website, or reviews about them. You can also ask friends for suggestions or look for certified surgeons in medical directories.
During your consultations, you can ask all of the questions we recommended in the previous section to get a feeling about the surgeon and his work too.
What cost can I expect from a breast augmentation?
The cost of breast augmentation can differ in different clinics depending on a lot of factors. Your surgery will depend on these things:
- The surgeon’s fee
- The clinic’s charges (such as an operating room)
- The medications and anesthetics
- The implant brand
- The anesthesiologist’s fee