In this day and age, a boob job can still be a taboo topic. You’ve heard horror stories of exploding implants, increased cancer risks, and leaking boobs – but the truth is, breast augmentation surgery has come a long way since then!
I had the opportunity to speak to Dr Tan Ying Chien, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre to bring you the most important info about Breast Augmentation Surgery.
1. Silicone implants have evolved greatly
First introduced in the 90s, 5th generation silicone implants, are also known as gummy bear implants for their solid, gel-like consistency. Because of this, they won’t ever leak, even in the event of a rupture, making them much safer than their older counterparts.
“Compared to earlier generations, 5th generation implants are more stable – they maintain their shape, and will not conform to the space they are in. Studies have also shown a better safety profile, with reduced incidence of complications such as capsular contracture.”
5th generation implants are also designed to last much longer. Before them, implants needed to be changed every 10-15 years, but 5th generation implants don’t need to be removed and changed if there aren’t any issues.
2. Consider anatomically-shaped teardrop implants for a more natural look
Unfortunately, many women who have breast implants get their cover blown from the overly-round effect which fake breasts have. This is the result of using round implants.
Luckily for us, implants now come in an anatomical teardrop shape. Teardrop implants respect the natural contours of a female body to produce a very natural outcome. When the procedure is performed in skilled hands, it’s almost impossible to tell if someone has even had anything done.
3. Bigger is not always better
Many people have the wrong impression that bigger is better. In fact, breasts which are too big look a little unnatural and disproportionate.
Focusing on these aesthetic ideals, Dr Tan has come up with the Dream-Lift™ Breast Augmentation – which focuses not only on increasing volume, but also correcting asymmetry and residual sagging caused by age, childbirth, and weight fluctuations. “The procedure is specially designed to address all aesthetic imperfections to create the most ideal aesthetic outcome possible for you.”
4. Use VECTRA 3D for a better idea of the results
It’s right out of a sci-fi movie: with high-tech 3D imaging now available, you can have an idea of how you’ll look like after your breast enlargement surgery.
The VECTRA 3D imaging system first maps out your surface anatomy and produces a precise image of your body structure. The computer then uses 3D simulations to give you a clearer view of what the results might look like.
“Patients have more assurance in the implant choices they make. Our patients are able to achieve high patient satisfaction and enhanced aesthetic outcome in their breast augmentation procedures with this new technology”, explains Dr Tan, who offers VECTRA 3D in his clinic.
5. Cheap implants can be dangerous
In 2010, authorities recalled up to 30,000 breast implants manufactured by the French company Poly Implant Prosthese (PIP) following the discovery that the company had used cheaper, industrial grade silicone to manufacture their breast implants. These cheaper implants were 5 times more likely to rupture, and were thought to increase the risk of breast cancer, toxicity, and even death.
When asked if Dr Tan opts for cheaper implants to save cost, he replied: “The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre uses Mentor MemoryShape breast implants. Mentor has had their silicone breast implants approved by the US FDA since November 2006 for breast augmentation in women 22 years or older and for breast reconstruction in women of any age. Patients who have had these implants have been very satisfied with their results so far.”
6. Your new breasts will age and sag like normal breasts
Many women don’t realize that implants add weight to your body the way real breasts do. Augmented breasts will also sag, but at a much slower rate, and less than natural breasts. So, a well-fitted bra is still important after your surgery.
7. Not all doctors are certified
“There have been horror stories of women who undergo breast augmentation surgery, only to find that they were not implanted with the size they wanted. Other patients have even done the procedure in spas, not even by doctors! This is extremely dangerous and may result in poor results, or even death”, shares Dr Tan.
Only plastic surgeons that’ve undergone the necessary training, have the expertise to perform breast augmentation surgeries. When looking for a doctor, always make sure that he or she is a certified plastic surgeon.
“Read up on his website and research on forums. You’ll be able to gather others’ experiences on various plastic surgeons and breast augmentation surgery. When you are ready, make an appointment for a consultation with the plastic surgeon. Decide on your next step only with a plastic surgeon who you’re comfortable with.”