Breast conditions treated with breast augmentation Introduction As the name suggests, the primary goal of breast augmentation is to increase the size of the breasts. However, it can also be used to treat other aesthetic flaws in the breasts like poorly shaped breasts, breast asymmetry, and breast sagging. There are two types of breast augmentation procedures: implant surgery and fat transfer to the breasts. Breast implant surgery involves the use of artificial implants, and fat transfer surgery uses the excess fat in your body to treat the aesthetic flaws in your breasts. Breast implants are inserted and placed inside the breasts through incisions, whereas fat transfer surgery involves liposuction to collect the required fat and then injecting the fat into the breasts. Both procedures have a good record of delivering satisfying and productive outcomes. If you have aesthetic flaws in your breasts, you may consult with a plastic surgeon to explore your treatment options. Below are the breast conditions that can be treated with breast augmentation. – Smaller breasts Smaller breasts appear aesthetically unwelcoming. The breasts signify your femininity and set your overall body outline. Smaller breasts make you look less feminine and affect your body outline in negative ways. Moreover, modern beauty standards require women to have bigger breasts. If you have smaller breasts and the condition is affecting your self-esteem, you may consider getting breast augmentation. Breast implant surgery is recommended for patients who desire to have bigger breasts. Breast implants are artificial objects. There are two types of breast implants: silicone and saline implants. Silicone implants are more commonly used than saline implants. The silicone implant is made of a silicone shell that comes pre-filled with a silicone gel. On the other hand, the saline implant is made of a silicone shell that is filled with a saline solution after placing it inside the breasts. Both implants are available in different sizes, which gives the patients enough flexibility to choose the desired implant size. The bigger the implant size, the more the size of the breast will be. However, bigger is not always better. The implant size should be ideal for your breast dimensions and body type. A good plastic surgeon will take specific measurements of your body and breast dimensions and then recommend you an implant size. The implants also come in different profiles, meaning they offer different levels of projection to your breasts. The profile best for you depends on your existing breast anatomy. Breast implants are inserted and placed under or over the pectoral muscle through. Once the implants are in place, they will make your breasts look more prominent and voluptuous. While breast implant surgery is an excellent treatment for smaller breasts, it is highly invasive and entails risks like other invasive procedures. You should undergo the procedure only as a last option and when the benefits are higher than the risks. Also, be sure to select only a board-certified plastic surgeon to operate on you. The results will slowly emerge as the swelling subsides and the implants drop and settle. However, keep in mind that breast implants are not permanent. They have a warranted life of 10 years. However, they can rupture or leak any time after the surgery. In most cases, it takes them more than ten years to break or leak. You can opt to get new implants if a rupture or leak happens. – Poorly shaped breasts Poorly shaped breasts can also create self-esteem issues. For example, if your breasts are not rounder and sensuous, you may feel embarrassed during intimate times. Also, you may not appear more attractive. Also, breasts that lack projection appear unattractive and make women look less feminine. To overcome the condition, you may consider getting fat transfer to the breasts. The primary goal of the fat transfer surgery is to add some projection and enhance the shape of the breasts. You need to have excess fat in different areas of your body so that you can be a good candidate for fat transfer surgery. Keep in mind that fat transfer surgery will not add considerable projection to your breasts or make your breasts bigger. It will add only mild to moderate projection to your breasts but considerably improve your breast shape. So, how is the surgery performed? Fat transfer involves the use of liposuction to remove the excess fat from different localized areas of your body. The common fat donor sites include the abdomen, sides, love handles, and upper back. The good news is that in the process of removing the excess fat from these areas through liposuction, these localized regions also get contoured. After removing the fat, it is processed and purified in a centrifuge. The plastic surgeon will remove the impurities, dead and damaged fat cells, and blood and fluids from the fat collection. Only the living and best quality fat cells are then carefully injected into the breast areas that need contouring and can enhance your breast shape. The fat grafting process is time-consuming and calls for attention to detail. The better this step is performed, the better will your breasts appear in terms of shape and projection. The plastic surgeon will use his sense of aesthetics of the female body and artistry to skillfully sculpt your breasts into the desired shape. The results of the surgery will not be visible immediately. Your body will take a few weeks to establish blood supply to the fat cells, after which the fat cells will nurture and expand. It will take a few months for the outcome to be fully visible. To maintain the results, you must avoid considerable weight loss, and you must be extremely careful during the recovery period. – Asymmetrical breasts Breast asymmetry is an aesthetic condition whereby there exists variation in the size or shape of the breasts. For example, if one of your breasts is smaller than the other, you have breast asymmetry. If there is a difference in the shapes of your breasts, you have breast asymmetry. Breast asymmetry can also happen in the form of nipples pointing in different directions and variation in the upper pole or lower pole fullness of the breasts. The good news is that breast asymmetry can be treated with breast augmentation. For example, if there is asymmetry in the size of your breasts, fat transfer or breast implant surgery can be performed on one or both of your breasts to balance their size. Shape-related asymmetry could be resolved by using fat transfer surgery. For example, if one of the breasts lacks projection, the plastic surgeon will inject fat into the breast to add projection to it to the extent that it becomes similar in projection to the other breast. – Saggy breasts Saggy breasts look aesthetically unpleasing and make you look aged. Many factors can cause the breasts to become saggy, such as aging, gravity, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and weight fluctuations. When the breasts are mildly saggy, they can be treated with breast augmentation. On the other hand, it is not possible to treat severely saggy breasts with breast augmentation. Severely saggy breasts are treated with a breast lift. To treat mildly saggy breasts, the plastic surgeon may recommend either implants or fat transfer, depending on the extent of sagging and your aesthetic goals. When treating saggy breasts with implants, smaller implants are used because using large implants can make the sagging worse. If you are not comfortable with implants, you may opt to go for the fat transfer procedure. After implants or fat transfer, your breasts will appear firmer and youthful. Moreover, they will get some projection as well, which can further enhance your breasts and overall body outline. The results will gradually emerge as your breasts heal and the swelling subsides. Consulting with a plastic surgeon Whether you have smaller, poorly shaped, asymmetrical, or saggy breasts, breast augmentation surgery can treat it effectively. However, to get satisfactory, long-lasting, and safer outcomes, be sure to select your plastic surgeon carefully. You must choose only an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon to operate. During the consultation, tell the surgeon how you feel about the aesthetic flaws in your breasts and what you expect the breast augmentation can do for you. Conclusion Breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the US after liposuction. Every year, hundreds of thousands of women undergo the procedure to enhance their breasts. The surgery not only makes smaller breasts bigger but can also improve the shape of your breasts and treat breast asymmetry and saggy breasts. How it does so has been explained above.