The mere mention of breast augmentation used to draw flack from a lot of people before. Now, times have changed. With the continuous demand for cosmetic treatments and surgery, augmenting any part of the body has become common. More and more women frequent aesthetic clinics to seek improvements on their body with the desire to always look visually pleasing and beautiful.
It is not a surprise that the phrase “breast augmentation Singapore” almost always comes up as one of the most asked procedures among women in Singapore. Breast augmentation is a sought after procedure in plastic surgery. It is also a procedure that some people have misconceptions about. To set the records straight, the team at Health Ascent, a health and medical blog that features articles by medical experts, have published a detailed article about breast augmentation in Singapore which aims to serve as an easy to read but detailed overview with the right information you should know if you’re considering getting this procedure.
A flat chest is not the only problem when women decide on enhancing their breasts.
Each woman that undergoes a breast augmentation can have a different reason and story why they are doing the operation. A top reason would be to enhance the size of their breasts. Not all Asians are born with voluptuous breasts; hence breast augmentation is a procedure that women consider, especially when they have grown tired of wearing a push-up bras or stuffing their bras things that would create more cleavage. Other reasons can be to restore back the breast’s appearance after:
- Breast removal due to disease or injury
- Improve the appearance of sagging breasts that may be due to breastfeeding or extensive weight loss.
Whichever reason a woman may have, there is one common positive response seen in each patient after a successful breast augmentation procedure. You see, this surgery does not only boost breasts, but it also boosts a woman’s confidence.
Setting proper expectations is a must before undergoing breast augmentation surgery.
Not all who want to undergo breast augmentation is fit to get one. This is why a thorough consultation with your plastic surgeon is important. During a consultation, the doctor will obtain a medical history, body’s measurements, the motivation for surgery and other information that can possibly affect the results of the surgery. Discussions about the type of breast implants, size, and shape that a patient desires to have will happen. An important note: there are two types of breast augmentation surgeries. These are fat grafting or fat transfer and insertion of medical-grade breast implants. Each surgery has different requirements.
Fat grafting or fat transfer makes use of a patient’s own body fats in order to enlarge the breasts. These fats are harvested from the inner thigh or stomach area. At least 200cc of good quality fats is needed for an increase of one cup size.
If a patient does not qualify for the required number of fats needed for fat grafting, then breast silicone implants are the only choice. Medical-grade implants come in varying shapes and sizes. When getting an implant, the size to be used must be proportionate to the body and proportions of the chest. The doctor should be able to give a proper assessment and set realities pertaining to this concern.
Undergoing fat transfer for breast augmentation
Fat transfer is a non-surgical and minimally invasive alternative breast augmentation procedure for those who are hesitant to undergo a surgery. It is carried out in a different way. First, the fats are harvested in small increments from either the patient’s stomach or thigh area. The amount of fats should be enough for the desired increase in cup size. Once the good quality of fats is obtained, these will be injected through the lower breast fold area.
Undergoing a breast augmentation surgery
A breast augmentation surgery is a major operation. The entire procedure usually takes about a maximum of an hour and a half to complete. The surgery is carried on in the following steps:
- Patients are placed under general anaesthesia. This step is to ensure that the patient does not feel any discomfort and pain during the procedure. Being put under anaesthesia means that you will be asleep the entire time that the operation is being done. A nerve block will also be done to lessen the pain following the surgery.
- An incision is made on the underside of the breast to insert the breast implant. The cut measures 3.5 cm to 4 cm. Following the incision, space is made beneath the chest muscle to hold the implant. The size of this is space is measured according to the size of implant.
- The breast implants are inserted and the incision is sutured closed.
Medical-grade breast implants for breast augmentation
Medical-grade breast implants are made up of either silicone gel or saline (saltwater). The implants differ in shape, width, height, and projection. There are two types of shape that you can choose from:
- Round shape
- Teardrop shape
If a patient wishes to have a fuller breast with obvious cleavage, the round shape is a perfect choice because it brings more volume to the top portion of the breast. Round shaped implants may be filled with either silicone gel or saline. If a patient wishes for a more natural shape, they can go for the teardrop implants. This type of implant is filled thick silicone and sloped in shape.
Breast implants commonly used in Singapore
There are three brands of breast implants available in Singapore: Mentor, Motiva, and Natrelle. Among the three, Mentor and Natrelle are the only brands that have the US FDA-approval and have been proven safe for use over the years.
Risks and side effects of breast implant surgery
Breast implant surgery, being a major operation, can have risks and side effects. These include:
- Adverse or allergic reaction to anaesthesia
- Capsular contracture
- Fluid build-up
- Implant leakage
Loss of sensation in the breast area is a possible side effect, but happens rarely.
Foods and medication to avoid in preparation for and after a breast augmentation surgery
There are food restrictions for patients that will undergo breast augmentation, specifically breast implant surgery. Foods and medication that contain salicylates should be avoided as they can trigger blood thinning. Samples of which include:
Medications to be avoided are:
- Fish oil
- Garlic supplements
- Gingko Biloba
- John’s Wort
Breast augmentation Singapore cost
The cost of breast augmentation in Singapore ranges from $8,000 to $15,000. This is influenced by different factors, such as:
- Anaesthesia and anesthesiologist fees
- Breast implants cost
- Breast band cost
- Operating room and other hospital fees
- Post-operation reviews
- Surgeon’s fee
- Surgical equipment