My breasts were almost non-existent and I was not happy with it...Read more
By Bahar Ozbal • Medical review by Sevgi Kurt, MD on August 26, 2022
What is Breast Augmentation ?
Breast augmentation is the most commonly performed aesthetic surgical procedure designed to enlarge or bring symmetry to your breasts. Breast augmentation is also known as augmentation mammoplasty, or a “boob job.”
Breast enhancement or a “boob job” can be performed to increase your natural size and correct sagging and volume loss associated with age, weight loss, pregnancy or breastfeeding.
There are many ways to perform breast enlargements. The method will be tailored due to the needs of individual patients. Breast enlargement is typically performed through surgically inserting breast implants or with the transfer of fat from an area of your body.
Breast augmentation, augmentation mammoplasty or a boob job surgery is also performed for breast cancer patients who have undergone mastectomy surgery, to reconstruct their breasts.
Who Might Want to Get Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is one of the most preferred operations that many people want to get bigger and fresh look boobs. Also the ones who has got asymmetry problems between their two breasts are also among those who consider boob job.
Who are the Right Candidates for Breast Augmentation?
Good candidates for this surgical intervention are anyone who does not find the size of their breasts sufficient and has completed their breast development.
People who have disproportion between their two breasts, thanks to this operation, both breasts are provided to be in equal proportion. Breast augmentation is not only suitable for the following people:
Under the age of 18
People with incomplete breast development
Those planning to become pregnant soon
Health status, unsuitable for surgical intervention
Breastfeeding mothers can have a breast augmentation operation, but they may experience difficulties as they will have some difficulty in this process and cannot breastfeed their baby for a certain period of time. Therefore, breastfeeding mothers are recommended to postpone the procedure until later.
How is Breast Augmentation Done?
How breast augmentation is done varies depending on which technique will be preferred. By attaching a breast prosthesis, the desired breast enlargement is achieved. General anesthesia is applied to people for this operation.
There are two basic types of breast implants: Saline and silicone gel.
Saline-filled implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water (saline). Some are pre-filled and others can be filled after they’re placed, which means incisions and scars can be smaller.
Silicone gel-filled implants are silicone shells filled with a plastic gel (silicone). Since silicone implants are filled they do not allow changing size according to body proportions.
There are two types of silicone gel-filled implants. The ones that are much more similar to natural breast tissue with a round form and filled with thick silicone gel and the ones teardrop-shaped implants which are denser and firmer but protect shape better for a long time.
Silicone implants are normally used for breast reconstruction surgery for breast cancer patients for they don’t wrinkle or ripple. Both saline and silicone come in different sizes and have either smooth or textured shells. Each has its own pros and cons, so it is a matter of preference.
The best implant will depend on the needs of each individual patient. Appropriate prosthesis is preferred according to the breast and rib cage structure of the person. At this point, a realistic prosthesis should be preferred.
The prosthesis is placed through the incisions made under the breast of the person. In this way, more permanent breast growth is achieved.
Prosthetic silicone is placed in 4-5 cm incisions in the section under the breast. Silicone prostheses to be used during the procedure are produced by many companies around the world.
One of the most confusing issues regarding breast silicone prostheses is whether these prostheses pose a cancer risk.
First of all, these silicones are subjected to many tests and are produced completely reliable. Therefore, we can say that there is no risk. Breast silicones are usually placed under the breast of the person. It can also be placed from the nipple and under the armpit.
How Should You Prepare for Breast Augmentation?
For a healthy surgery and recovery it's important to prepare for breast augmentation surgery with a positive emotional state.
You must be in overall good health and stable weight before the boob job. It's recommended not to lose or gain weight after your surgeon takes the measurements of the chest wall and breasts. Be finished breastfeeding before the surgery for at least 3-6 months.
Have realistic expectations about the procedure including the results, recovery, and risks. Your surgeon will give information and recommendations for the surgery (including incision locations). Make sure you are totally informed about the risks of breast enlargement before and after the process.
Follow your surgeon's instructions regarding diet, medications, supplements and hygiene.
Keep your doctor in the loop about medications, vitamins, supplements, illnesses, and any other issues that may affect your ability to undergo surgery.
Stop drinking alcohol, smoking and nicotine products for at least 2-4 weeks till you totally healed before and after boob job surgery.
Stop all blood thinner medications (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve) and supplements (Omega-3, Fish Oil, Garlic, Vitamin E, etc.) for at least two weeks before surgery. If you are on a prescription blood thinner such as Coumadin, Warfarin, Enoxaparin, Lovenox, or Xarelto, or other critical medication, check with your surgeon for specific instructions regarding these medicines.
Most surgeons ask for a pre-surgery mammogram. Complete all required lab tests, diagnostic tests, and medical evaluations before boob job.
You should have a reasonable idea of how much your breast augmentation will cost. You need to have a financial plan in place to ensure you can afford to have the work done.
You may also consider having your breast augmentation surgery abroad. Turkey is a safe and popular destination with affordable prices where you can get your breast augmentation surgery.
What Happens Before Breast Augmentation Procedure?
Before breast augmentation surgery, when patients pay attention to some points recommended by the doctor, the operation is much more successful and risk-free. Although it is not a risky surgical intervention in general, some important points should be considered.
Beforehand, a detailed interview with the doctor should be made and expectations should be discussed. Issues such as how a prosthesis will be placed and how much growth will be achieved need to be clarified.
The more you listen to your doctor's recommendations and follow your doctor's recommendations before the operation, the less risk you will face with complications.
Before breast augmentation, you must be fully prepared for this operation and you must find a good specialist doctor. The more you talk to a specialist doctor in his field and take into account his warnings, the more comfortable the process will be for you.
What Happens During Breast Augmentation Procedure?
Breast augmentation surgery with implants should be done under general anesthesia. It typically takes an hour or less. The procedure principles are based on the cosmetic breast implants (silicone or saline) to be inserted and positioned behind the breast tissue or below the pectoralis, or pushup, muscle.
To support the breast tissue there will be interior stitches before closing the incision. To avoid fluid build-up surgical drains can be placed after the boob job surgery.
Breast implant surgery patients may have to stay overnight in the hospital, the length of the hospital stay will vary based on the type of surgery, any complications after surgery, and your general health.
If your breasts were removed in another surgery, breast implants or fat tissue from another part of the body can be used to rebuild them. Breast augmentation can be combined with a breast lift, or mastopexy. This surgery changes the shape of your breasts, but it doesn’t alter the size.
Some alternatives to breast implant surgery include fat injections or fat grafting procedures, besides fat transfer there are some unscientific and unreliable methods such as breast enlargement medications, breast enlargement pumps or hormone therapy for breast enhancements. Beware of the methods that can be dangerous and that are unsafe.
What Happens After Breast Augmentation Procedure?
In most cases, breast augmentation recovery takes about 6 to 8 weeks after the surgery. Breast enlargement surgeries mostly done under general anesthesia.
After the boob job you’ll be transferred to a recovery room. If the breast implants were placed under the pectoralis muscle, you may experience tightness or muscle aches in the area.
As the muscles stretch and relax, the pain will decrease. Before you leave the hospital your surgeon will wrap your breasts with a bra or elastic band to give support to your breasts during recovery.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
Breast Augmentation surgery is available in many countries in the world. The overall cost for breast implants varies based location, the doctor you employ and specifics of your procedure. The average cost of breast implants is $6,375.
Costs associated with breast implants are a major part in the decision. But don't forget that quality is the key with successful breast implant surgery. The highest quality is worth the price for it means better results with less revision surgery.
If you want to get your breast implant surgery with high quality and affordable prices then you might start to think about having your boob job in Turkey.
Turkey offers good value for money, quality processes and equipment, quick recovery, surgeons with years of experience, short waiting times and experiencing Turkey and more…
How Long is Breast Augmentation Recovery Period?
In surgical procedures to enlarge your breasts, the healing process varies from person to person. The feeling of pain and the complications of the operation will pass within a few days. However, for complete recovery, the patient needs to rest for a week and 10 days.
It takes a period of 2 or 3 weeks for her to return to her normal life completely. Then the patient will be able to return to his normal life without any problems and the best results will be obtained from the operation.
What Are The Pros and Cons Of Breast Augmentation?
Breast Augmentation is a long-term solution. The results will last over 10 years.
Breast implants add volume to the breast, after boob job breasts will be larger, higher, and fuller.
Breast implants are produced in a wide variety of forms, size and shape that helps every individual patient to choose the best suited one for their body type and lifestyle.
- Boob job helps the patients to develop self-confidence and self-assurance.
Implants will eventually need to be replaced as they aren’t lifetime devices.
Breast implants require periodic monitoring to identify any signs of rupture.
As with any cosmetic surgery, normal surgical risks are involved in breast augmentation surgery.
Pregnancy, menopause, and weight loss after breast augmentation surgery can affect your results negatively.
Like any surgery, boop jop will also leave some scars behind.
How Do You Choose Your Breast Surgeon?
Choosing the right surgeon ensures your safety and overall success of breast augmentation surgery. So, it is the most important part of the boob job.
While looking for a breast augmentation surgeon; pay attention to find a plastic surgeon whose board is certified, experienced and specialized in breast augmentation.
Patient results and reviews will give you reference. Read testimonials from the ones who’ve had the procedure and look before and after photos.
While choosing a surgeon budget and cost will matter, be cautious of extremely inexpensive options for your own safety and comfort.
How Much Do Breast Implants Weigh?
To calculate the weight of the implants you must know the volume of the implants you want. The formula is easy if you know the volume. For each implant take the volume and divide by 1000, and then multiply by 2.2. This will give you the weight of one implant.
Written on 01/01/2018
Last Update: 30/05/2023
Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos
Before & After
Before & After
Before & After