A woman’s breasts have always been considered a sign of fertility and femininity, a focus of sexual and aesthetic attraction. The underdevelopment of breasts can make a woman feel self-conscious and unfeminine.
Improving the shape of a small or undeveloped breast is done by the transplant of a silicone insert. The insert is a round-shaped bag, full of silicone gel or physiological water. The insert has the same texture as a regular breast.
As with all plastic surgeries, the process begins with a consultation with a surgeon, to best understand the process, understand the risks and undergo a comprehensive physical exam and a mammography if the surgeon deems it necessary. At the second consultation, the surgeon will check the blood work and if necessary, send the candidate for further testing. The surgeon will finalize the cup size and shape with the candidate and review the risks.
Particularly small, saggy breasts generally require additional surgery to lift the breasts. Both lifts and breast augmentation are done under general or local anesthesia.
A 4-5 centimeter incision is made under the breast, along the natural fold of the skin. The inserts are inserted through this incision. Stitches are used to close the incision. A less popular method is to insert the insert through an incision in the armpit.
Pain after the surgery can be treated with pain medication. The bandages are removed about 10 days after the procedure.
Silicone is a naturally found substance and is used in drinks, perfumes, medications and more. It has been approved for human use by the FDA, following a long series of research and studies aimed to rule out the possibility of cancer from this substance.
infection (extremely rare, requires removal of the insert)
loss of feeling or sensitivity in the nipples (usually returns to normal, but sometimes permanent)
spontaneous burst of the silicone insert (5% of the time, should be replaced)
scarring (sometimes they require additional treatment)
capsule (this is the most common side effect, causing the breast to feel hard. It is a result of the envelope made around the insert, a foreign body, by the cells. Sometimes it is too hard and damages the shape of the breast, causing pain. This requires an additional procedure.)