Women who notice that their breasts have lost their volume and shape after massive weight loss or pregnancy, and those wishing to have larger breasts should seek plastic surgeons specialized on breast augmentation surgery.
Unilateral hypoplasia may be related to trauma or to a congenital defect. A small degree of asymetry in the size of breasts is normal and exists in most women.
Bilateral hypoplasia of the breasts is classified into three types, depending on its severity.
Type I: Hypoplasia concerns the mammary gland, and its fat
Type II: Hypoplasia characterized by complete agenesia (lack) of the breast’s adipose tissue.
Type ΙΙΙ: Hypoplasia where all the breast’s anatomical elements are there but significantly underdeveloped.
The duration of surgery is 1-1 ½ hours and the patient is required to stay in hospital for one night.
After the surgery, the patient usually wears a special bra for one month.
If the breasts are sagging, it is recommended to combine breast augmentation with breast lift.
The results of breast augmentation are directly visible, while any details are visible after 3-12 weeks when the swelling subsides.
After a breast augmentation surgery, edema, numbness or bruising may occur on the breasts, but this will subside in a month. Moreover, patients may also experience hypoesthesia (decreased sensitivity) in the area of the breasts or nipples, but the symptoms will subside within six months at the most.
The postoperative scars will fade with time. The implants are usually inserted through the armpit, from around the nipple, under the breast (inframammary fold) and rarely through the navel.
The postoperative pain is treatable with analgesics, and patients may return to mild work after 1 or 2 weeks and to full activity in 3 to 4 weeks.
With the proper implants, breastfeeding is not affected in any way.
Let it be noted that silicon implants may affect the mammogram, so you should inform your gynecologist. You may need an MRI on the breasts.
The price for breast augmentation varies depending on the technique, the difficulty it might present and the type of implants.