The most sought-after breast enhancement procedures Introduction The breasts are a unique part of the female body. They differentiate females from males and exemplify the anatomical, physiological, and aesthetic elements of women. When the breasts are well balanced and developed, it emphasizes the sexuality, femininity, and fertility of women. On the other hand, when the breasts are unbalanced, saggy, smaller, or poorly shaped, it makes you look less feminine and aesthetically unwelcoming. Fortunately, there are plastic surgery procedures available to enhance aesthetically unappealing breasts. The most sought-after breast enhancement procedures include breast implant surgery, fat transfer to the breasts, and breast lift. These procedures treat different aesthetic flaws in the breasts. Which of these procedures is useful for you depends on the specific aesthetic shortcomings in your breasts and your aesthetic goals. Most popular breast enhancement procedures – Breast augmentation with implants Breast augmentation with implants is one of the most popular breast enhancement procedures in the US. Hundreds of thousands of women get implants each year to enhance the appearance of their breasts. Breast implant surgery is suitable for women who have smaller breasts and desire to have bigger and voluptuous breasts. Breast augmentation with implants is a major operation and involves incisions. Whether you are a good candidate for breast implant surgery will be determined during the pre-operative consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. The surgeon will examine your breasts, assess your health, and know your goals before telling you if you qualify for the procedure. Breast implants are prosthetic objects. There are two types of breast implants: silicone and saline. The silicone implant is made of a silicone shell that comes filled with a silicone gel. On the other hand, the saline implant comprises of a silicone shell that is filled with saline solution after putting the shell inside the breasts. Silicone breast implants are more common and widespread than saline breast implants. Silicone implants come with many advantages and lower complication rates. Breast implants come in different profiles, shapes, and sizes. The implant suitable for you will be determined during the pre-operative consultation. The operation is performed on an outpatient basis and under general anesthesia. After a board-certified anesthesiologist administers the anesthesia, the plastic surgeon will make incisions on the breasts. After making the incisions, the plastic surgeon will create pockets for the implants under or above the breast muscle. He will then carefully insert and put the implants inside the pockets. In the last step, the surgeon will suture and close the incisions. Your recovery period will start immediately after the surgery and continue for many weeks following the procedure. Most of the recovery will occur within the first two weeks. During this time, about 40 to 50 percent of the post-operative swelling will subside. The swelling is a typical side effect of the surgical trauma. After the procedure, you will be required to wear a support bra for many weeks. The results will slowly become visible after the surgery. It will take many weeks and even months for the outcomes to show. The results will become apparent when the swelling disappears and your breasts heal and recuperate from the surgical trauma. The final results will show in the form of bigger and shapelier breasts that will not only look beautiful but also make you look more feminine, fertile, and sexy. – Fat transfer to the breasts Fat transfer to the breasts is yet another one of the most sought-after breast enhancement procedures. This procedure is best for women who have smaller, poorly shaped, or less projected breasts and desire to achieve shapelier and mildly projected breasts. It is not recommended for women who wish to have large and voluptuous breasts. Like breast implant surgery, fat transfer to the breasts is also a major operation. However, it entails lower risks than breast implant surgery and the results are relatively natural. To be a good candidate for this procedure, you need to be in good health and have realistic expectations, besides having excess fat in different areas of the body that can be used as donor fat. The procedure uses your body fat to enhance your breasts. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation with local anesthesia. The operation starts with the removal of the excess fat from the localized areas of the body. The common fat donor areas include the abdomen, sides, flanks, thighs, and upper back. The surgeon will identify the fat donor sites during the pre-operative consultation. After the anesthesia has been administered, the surgeon starts the operation by making tiny incisions on the fat donor areas. Liposuction is then performed on those areas to remove the excess fat. During the liposuction, the doctor will insert a hollow tube called a cannula inside the fat donor site through the incisions and then remove the excess fat. In the second step, the fat collected from your body areas is processed and purified. The goal of this step is to remove the impurities, dead and damaged fat cells, and fluids from the fat collection. The remaining fat is then retained for transfer to the breasts. In the last step, the surgeon will carefully inject the fat into your breasts. The doctor will make sure the fat is grafted adequately into the breasts so that the aesthetic results are achieved. The recovery period starts right after the operation. It takes many weeks and even months for the outcomes to show. Over the next few weeks, your body will vascularize the fat cells and the results will evolve. You can resume work two weeks after the surgery, but complete recovery will take six weeks. The patient must be prudent during the recovery period. You must not sleep on your front side for two weeks, and you must avoid physically strenuous activities for six weeks after the procedure. When the final results become visible, your breasts will appear balanced, shapelier, projected, and fuller. The results will stay with you as long as you maintain a stable weight and avoid massive weight fluctuations. The improvements in your breasts will translate into an improvement in your overall body outline. Also, your self-esteem will get a boost when your breasts are improved. – Breast lift surgery Breast lift surgery is also a common breast enhancement procedure. It is an effective treatment for saggy breasts. If your breasts have become saggy and loose, you may consider getting the breast lift. The procedure can restore the firmness and youthfulness of your breasts. Many factors can affect the firmness of your breasts. These include aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and genetics. Saggy breasts look aesthetically unpleasing, which is why many women desire to get back their youthful and perky breasts. The breast lift is performed under general anesthesia and is a highly invasive procedure. The surgeon will determine your candidacy for the operation after examining your breasts, assessing your health, and knowing your goals. After administering the anesthesia, the doctor will start the operation by making incisions on the breasts. In the next step, the surgeon will access the underlying breast muscles through the incisions and then tighten the muscles. Furthermore, the surgeon will remove the excess fat from the breasts and reposition the nipples. If needed, the surgeon will reduce the size of the areolas by removing the excess areola skin. In the next step, the surgeon will remove the excess skin from the breasts and then re-drape the remaining skin. In the last step, the surgeon will suture and close the incisions. The primary recovery period takes two weeks after the surgery, and complete recovery takes six weeks. During the recovery period, you must avoid physically demanding activities because physical activities can cause wound dehiscence, infection, and bleeding. You must be extremely careful and follow the surgeon’s instructions. The results will gradually transpire over the next few weeks and months. When the outcomes transpire, your breasts will become firmer and youthful. These improvements in the breasts will also help improve your body outline, making you look curvaceous and young. When the breasts become perky, you will look more feminine and sexier. You must avoid pregnancy and weight changes if you want to retain firmer breasts for the years to come. Conclusion The aesthetics of the breasts are critical when it comes to defining a female’s physical beauty, sexuality, and body outline. Smaller, saggy, or less projected breasts look aesthetically unpleasant. On the other hand, women desire to have firmer, more prominent, shapelier, and projected breasts. The good news is that there are different plastic surgery procedures available to treat these aesthetic problems and enhance your breasts. The most sought-after breast enhancement procedures include breast implant surgery, fat transfer to the breasts, and breast lift surgery. What these procedures involve and why women get these procedures have been explained in this article. If you want to know whether you are a good candidate for any of these operations, you should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in these procedures.