What is augmentation mammaplasty?
Breast augmentation otherwise known as an augmentation mammoplasty, is a procedure in which your own breast tissue is supplemented to create a larger or fuller breast mound with better projection.
What does the procedure involve?
Breast augmentation involves the placement of a silicone prosthesis either behind the breast gland (sub-glandular) or behind the major chest muscle (pectoralis) or even behind both the chest muscle and the breast gland (known as dual plane). The dual plane method is the most commonly used breast augmentation method.
Approaches include hemi-areolar and the more commonly employed infra-mammary incisions; the available prostheses ranging in size, projection, shape and texture. During your consultation with Dr van den Bergh, your wishes, expectations and questions will be addressed by taking your lifestyle, medical, surgical and social history into account. The pros and cons of the different surgical approaches, different implant types, sizes, shapes and surfaces will be discussed with you in detail during your pre-operative consultation.
After discussing the possible risks, complications and long term expectations of this surgery with you, your plastic surgeon will take your measurements. Once your surgery has been scheduled, he will inform you on what you may expect for postoperative recovery, downtime and the future implications.
Who is a suitable candidate for augmentation mammaplasty?
As one of the most commonly performed and fast-growing aesthetic procedures done worldwide, the International Society of Aesthetic & Plastic surgery (ISAPS) estimates close to 1,5 million augmentations to have been done in 2017.
Plastic surgeons are able to enhance breast shape and size with breast augmentation for a number of reasons. It's not only done as an aesthetic enhancement for women who wish to boost their confidence and have the breasts she may have always wanted or for women to regain a more youthful breast shape, but is also used for abnormally shaped breasts due to tuberous deformity or congenitally abnormal breasts due to conditions such as Poland syndrome.