Breast augmentation surgery

The most common way to perform a breast augmentation is to insert silicone gel implants into the breast.

This technique has been used for over 40 years and is proven to be both safe and with low complication rates.

The surgery for breast augmentation is usually simple and can be performed under local or general anesthesia, sometimes performed as an outpatient procedure.

There are several ways to insert the silicone gel implants into the breast (as you can see in the picture below), the incision can be made along the lower edge of the areola, in the axilla, or in the inframammary fold. The implant is inserted either in the submammary, or in the submuscular area.

Breast augmentation surgery incisions

 

Silicon gel implants can be filled with silicon itself or with saline, both implants carry advantages and disadvantages. Both ways are a safe way to perform the surgery and both work for breast augmentation and breast reconstruction.

Saline breast implants contain a silicone outer shell filled with sterile saline before the surgery or filled when the implant is placed during the surgery. They are available in different sizes and have smooth or textured surfaces. They are less costly than silicone-filled products and implant ruptures are quickly detectable. Silicone gel-filled breast implants have a silicone outer shell filled with silicone gel of varying consistencies and features. Available in different sizes, they have smooth or textured surfaces and are more costly than saline-filled implants.

In order to ensure your breast augmentation surgery is done safely and by certified plastic surgeons, you should chose facilities not only for price, but most importantly chose doctors for their skill, training and the certification of the clinic or hospital.

With the increasing trend of travelling abroad for medical care and elective surgery, many decide based on overall price and not based on the doctors’, clinics’ or countries’ reputation.

Medical Port partnered with certified hospitals like Hospital Lusíadas Lisboa and Hospital Lusíadas Porto, which are certified by Joint Commission International to perform breast augmentation surgeries with top plastic surgeons using the latest techniques.

 

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Breast augmentation and breast lift surgery

Many women around the globe who feel uncomfortable in their bodies look for alternatives to boost their confidence and improve self-esteem. After careful consideration, thought and research plastic surgery is often the answer. One of the areas of major concern in a women’s body is the look and size of their breasts. Many wish for fuller breasts while others wished theirs were smaller.

For those who would like their breasts to appear bigger, the most common procedure is breast augmentation. Plastic surgeons concerns’ in all cases is to minimize the appearance of the scar and maximize the cosmetic benefits while introducing the breast implants. The dominant trend is to perform the surgery with a minimal incision to limit surgical consequences and facilitate a faster recovery.

Breast lift is another procedure that many times is chosen by women to improve their look. It’s not about to have bigger breasts but to have firmer ones. Breast lift consists of raising the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. It improves the appearance of sagging breasts. The goal is to improve the shape of the breast while minimizing visible scars. This surgery is also known as mastopexy.

Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that breast lift procedures have grown 70% since 2000, outperforming breast implants by 2 to 1.

These procedures have different purposes and different results too. A breast lift is a procedure that will tighten the tissue and give the breasts a younger look. Often times a women’s breast loses its youthful shape and firmness due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, gravity and heredity. Women who opt for breast lift may only want their breasts to appear younger and firmer and not bigger. While the ones who opt for breast augmentation are looking to increase their cup size and have fuller breasts.

Medical Port works with a team of highly trained and experienced plastic surgeons in Portugal who perform surgeries in facilities with international accreditation, using the latest techniques and equipment. In order to decide which is the best solution for each case, Medical Port provides access to remote consultations with the plastic surgeons to better assess your case and needs. Learn more about breast augmentation surgeries here.

 

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Breast Augmentation (Breast Implant)

Augmentation of the breast, or breast implant, consists of insertion of a silicone bag (prosthesis) under the breast (submammary) or under the breast and chest muscle (subpectoral) and then filling the bag with saline (salt water).

This prosthesis expands the breast area to give a fuller breast (increased cup size), give a better contour, and give more cleavage.

The incision (cut) may be placed at various locations such as: under the breast at the breast fold; periareolar which is at the edge of the areola (brown area consisting of nipple and areola); within the areola; in the armpit (axillary); or in the umbilical area.

The thinnest scar is usually in the areola. The umbilical incision approach is used with an endoscope (tube with a light for visualization and placement of the breast implant).

If you’re considering having Breast Augmentation, visit Medical Port’s website for more information about this procedure, hospitals and doctors available in Portugal.

 

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