What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is the third most popular surgical procedure in the world1.It is a surgical procedure that increases the size of breast with implants. In most cases, women chose this procedure to achieve a larger breast size. In other instances, women choose this surgery to regain volume in their breast after losing weight or after giving birth.
If you feel that having more voluptuous breasts would help you gain confidence, feel more feminine and improve your quality of life overall, you have come to the right place.
At VIDA Wellness and Beauty, our board-certified plastic surgeons have extensive experience performing breast augmentation surgery. We can give you the gorgeous, natural-looking aesthetic results you desire while providing exceptional care. We also have a team of specialists on site, including dermatologists, dental, mental health physicians, nutritionists, internal medicine specialists and more.
1. International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation
Essentially, the main difference between the two procedures is that breast augmentation is designed to increase breast volume via silicone or saline implants, while the breast lift is designed to lift and restore perkiness to the bust. Many women may not understand which procedure is right for them; however, here’s a basic outline:
- If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your breasts because they’re drooping or have lost considerable volume since breastfeeding and/or aging, you might be a good candidate for a breast lift.
- If you’re interested in increasing the size of your bust or want to correct any asymmetrical issues, you may be a good candidate for a breast augmentation procedure.
Which Type of Breast Implants Is Right for You?
VIDA Wellness and Beauty offers four types of breast implants: saline; traditional silicone gel; highly cohesive, form-stable silicone gel (often referred to as “gummy bear” implants due to their gummy-like consistency); and polyurethane-coated implants for the treatment of recurrent capsular contracture.
Each type of implant offers specific advantages and disadvantages. During your consultation, your board-certified plastic surgeon reviews each type of implant with you, performs a comprehensive examination of your body type and anatomical requirements, listens to your aesthetic concerns regarding your breasts and recommends an appropriate surgical treatment plan to help you achieve your cosmetic goals through breast augmentation surgery.
Pros and Cons of Each Type of Breast Implants
Saline breast implants have a silicone outer shell with a saline-solution filling material. One of the main benefits of saline implants is that the body can safely absorb sterile saltwater fluid in case the implant leaks, or ruptures. One of the disadvantages of saline implants is that they are more prone to rippling or folding within the implant pocket, potentially causing them to be visible underneath the skin’s surface, especially in patients with thin skin or little breast tissue to cover and support the implant. Saline implants also feel less like natural breasts than their silicone counterparts.
Traditional Silicone Implants
In contrast to saline implants, silicone breast implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue. One possible drawback is that silicone implants require a slightly larger incision than saline implants do, because silicone implants are pre-filled by the manufacturer. (Your breast implant surgeon is able to use a slightly smaller incision with saline implants because he can fill the empty implant shell after it has been inserted.)
The FDA recommends that patients with silicone breast implants undergo a breast imaging exam, such as an MRI, once every three years, starting three years after the initial enhancement surgery.
Highly Cohesive, Form-Stable Silicone Implants
These so-called “gummy bear” implants are similar to their traditional silicone predecessors in many ways. The main difference is that the newest generation of silicone implants has a form-stable filling material. This makes them less prone to rippling within the implant pocket, even when the patient is lying down. This facilitates the removal of the implant in case of a leak or rupture. In addition, highly-cohesive, form-stable silicone implants are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, including an anatomically correct teardrop shape. For these reasons, this type of implant is often well suited for patients undergoing breast reconstruction following mastectomy for the treatment of cancer.
Breast Implant Placement Options
Your skilled breast implant surgeon can place your implants either over or under the chest (pectoral) muscle. Again, there are benefits and drawbacks to each option.
Placing breast implants over the chest muscle typically leads to a quicker and easier recovery period, because the chest muscle is not affected during surgery. However, this may not be an appropriate option for women with thin skin or too little breast and fat tissue to cover the implant properly, as the implant may be visible underneath the skin’s surface.
Placing the breast implants under the chest muscle usually requires a slightly longer and more intense recovery period, because the chest muscle is affected by the surgery. However, this implant placement approach leads to more natural-looking results and is an excellent option for women with thin skin and little breast tissue or body fat.
Breast Implant Incision Option
Your incision pattern options include the transaxillary approach, the inframammary approach and the periareolar approach.
With the transaxillary approach, your Tijuana breast implants expert inserts the breast implant through an incision made under the arm, in the armpit area. Traditionally, this incision pattern is best suited for the insertion of saline implants, given that saline implants can be filled after insertion. However, some plastic surgeons are now using this approach for inserting silicone implants as well.
With the inframammary incision pattern, your breast enhancement surgeon creates a horizontal incision underneath the natural fold of the breast. With this incision approach, there is very little risk of negatively impacting the nerves or milk ducts around the nipple, decreasing the chance of experiencing a change in nipple sensation (either temporary or permanent) or difficulty breastfeeding after surgery.
The periareolar incision pattern involves making an incision around the circumference of the areola (the darker-pigmented skin surrounding the nipple). This incision pattern generally leaves the least visible scar due to its placement on the darker areola skin. However, in rare cases, it can interfere with nipple sensation or breastfeeding ability following surgery.
During your consultation, your CosMed plastic surgeon reviews these options with you, answers any questions you may have and makes recommendations for your treatment based on your surgical objectives and anatomical needs.
How Breast Augmentation Surgery is Performed
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
Incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. You and your plastic surgeon will discuss which incision options are appropriate for your desired outcome. Incision options include: along the areolar edge (peri-areolar incision), the fold under the breast (inframammary fold) and in the armpit (axillary incision). A belly-button approach is associated with a higher complication rate.
Incisions vary based on the type of breast implant, degree of enlargement desired, your particular anatomy and patient-surgeon preference.
Step 3 – Inserting and placing the breast implant
After the incision is made, a breast implant is inserted into a pocket either:
A. Under the pectoral muscle (a submuscular placement)
B. The subfascial placement of breast implants has many of the advantages of submuscular position without lifting the muscle attachments from the ribs.
The method for inserting and positioning breast implants depends on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, your body type and your surgeon’s recommendations.
Step 4 – Closing the incisions
Incisions are closed with layered sutures in the breast tissue and with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin.
Over time the incision lines will fade. The quality of scar depends on many things, including your genetics, exposure of your body to nicotine and infection.
Step 5 – See the results
The results of breast augmentation are immediately visible. Get more information about breast augmentation results.
Breast Augmentation / Implants Costs in Tijuana
The average price for a breast augmentation surgery is $4,800 including surgeon fees, anesthesia, facility and medication during surgery. Prices may vary due to implant size or particular needs of each patient.
Natural Breast Augmentation
Thanks to advancements in the fat-purification techniques used in fat grafting (aka fat transfer), natural breast augmentation or fat transfer breast augmentation is now a viable option. This procedure harvests your own fat, from another area of the body, to enhance your breasts.
During natural breast augmentation, your experienced cosmetic surgeon uses liposuction techniques to harvest donor fat cells from an area of the body that has an ample amount of excess fat (e.g., the abdomen, thighs or hips). After purifying the harvested fat cells, they are re-injected into another part of your body requiring enhancement; in this case, your breasts.
One possible drawback to natural breast augmentation is that you must have a sufficient amount of excess fat in other parts of your body to harvest, so women with little body fat may not be suitable candidates. In addition, this method typically only allows women to augment the size of their breasts by about one bra-cup size. For more dramatic results, breast implants are generally required.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
At VIDA Wellness and Beauty, we are committed to your safety and satisfaction. With this in mind, we perform our cosmetic surgery procedures in an American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilitates (AAAASF)-accredited surgical center. We also have leading board-certified anesthesiologists — not simply nurses or anesthesia technicians — on staff to assist during surgery. Breast augmentation is typically performed on an outpatient basis, but we also offer a comfortable recovery boutique for patients who would like to recover onsite and in style.
Immediately following your breast enhancement surgical procedure, the treated area may be tender, sore, painful or numb for the first few days. Again, those with implants placed under the chest muscle may have a more intense recovery period, especially in the first four to five days after surgery. Changes in breast sensation are normal; they are usually temporary and should subside with time. Taking the oral pain medication prescribed by your surgeon will help alleviate any discomfort you may feel during the initial phase of recovery.
During the initial recovery period, you should rest as much as possible, follow all your surgeon’s care instructions closely and abstain from any strenuous activity, including exercise and heavy lifting. However, to promote good blood circulation and reduce the risk of developing blood clots — especially in the legs — you should periodically take short walks around your home or the recovery boutique as soon as you feel capable.
You should be able to resume your work or daily schedule within one week after surgery, especially if your job or usual activities do not include heavy lifting or vigorous activity. During your follow-up visits, your VIDA plastic surgeon will let you know when you can safely resume your normal activities, including your exercise routine.
Breast Augmentation Cost/ Breast Implant Prices
The full cost of breast augmentation varies by patient, based on several factors, including the certifications of the doctors, the type and size of breast implants and whether any other surgical procedures (e.g., breast lift) are being performed at the same time. Regardless of the type of implant you choose, the cost of breast implants is considerably lower at our Tijuana practice than in the States. At CosMed, the cost of breast augmentation is 50 to 60-percent less than it is in the USA, and we only use highly experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons, along with board-certified anesthesiologists.
Love Your Breasts. Love Yourself.
If you are ready to love not only your breasts but your entire self, it is time to contact VIDA Wellness and Beauty to schedule an appointment with CosMed). We have the tools, skills and knowledgeable, friendly staff to provide you with a holistic experience, rather than simply treating a single body part. We can offer nutritional advice, specialized medical advice, a full range of noninvasive cosmetic treatments and assistance in other areas, so you leave our center feeling overjoyed about your look — and your life.
To schedule a personal consultation with one of our CosMed board-certified plastic surgeons to find out more about your breast augmentation treatment options, please contact VIDA Wellness and Beauty by calling 1-619-610-1667 (toll free) now.