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What is breast augmentation with breast implants?

Breast augmentation is also referred to as “augmentation mammoplasty.” It is a surgical procedure for breast enlargement, performed to restore confidence for some women. For others, it is part of reconstructing the breast in response to different conditions. This cosmetic surgery can restore breast volume that has decreased due to weight loss or pregnancy. It can also develop a rounded breast shape or enhance natural breast volume. Breast augmentation can also restore the breast after an injury or mastectomy.

Breast augmentation is generally done using one of two methods:

  1. With breast implants
  2. With fat grafting

Breast augmentation with breast implants is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves inserting an implant underneath the breast tissue or chest muscle to increase the size, shape, or fullness of the breasts. Breast augmentation with fat grafting is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves transferring fat from another area of the body and injecting it into the breasts to add volume and definition.

In this blog, we will focus on breast implants and discuss the different types of implants available, things to keep in mind while choosing the right breast implants, and bust some myths about breast implants. Remember to check out our other blog to learn about breast augmentation with fat grafting.

Deciding to get breast implants is a significant decision that requires careful consideration and research. Before undergoing this procedure, it is crucial to talk to a trained and experienced plastic surgeon who can guide you through the process and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Ensure you know all the risks, potential complications, and aftercare associated with the procedure.

Navigating the different types of breast implants and the information surrounding them can be overwhelming, but here are a few things to keep in mind while choosing the right breast implants for you:

Types of breast implants:

There are two main types of breast implants available today:

1.Saline breast implants:

Saline or saline-filled breast implants have an outer shell made up of silicone, enclosed with a sterile solution of salt water. Some are already filled, while others are filled as the implant is placed. Saline-filled implants have either textured or smooth shells and are available in different sizes. Saline-filled breast implants are available for breast augmentation in women older than 18.

2.Silicone breast implants:

Silicone gel-filled breast implants comprise a silicone outer shell formed with silicone gel. They feature textured or smooth shells and come in various sizes. Breast augmentation using silicone gel-filled implants is approved for women over the age of 22.

Size of the breast implants:

Choosing the size of breast implants is one of the most important decisions to make when planning for breast augmentation. This concern is understandable, given that the shape and size of your implants will define how you will look in the coming years. Fortunately, Dr. Santosh Bhatia at Vanity Cosmetic Clinic, Mumbai, has extensive experience assisting patients with breast implant sizing. When selecting a breast implant size, multiple factors must be explored, and these factors should be discussed during the consultation. 

There are three distinct implant profiles: low, medium, and high. Each of these has a different chest projection. The high-profile feature has a more curved and prominent shape. The low-profile option is flatter yet sufficiently voluminous, whereas the medium-profile has a more natural and subtle slope.

Breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc) of volume instead of cup size. Implants can be as small as 125 cc (about half a cup) or as large as 1200 cc. A basic rule of thumb is to add 250 cc for each cup size you want to increase.

One benefit of saline breast implants is that minor volume changes that are impossible with silicone implants can be easily achieved. It is also possible to slightly adjust the volume of saline implants after placement.

The shape of breast implants:

Here is some information on the two primary shapes of breast implants:

Round shape implants:

Round breast implants are the traditional shape that most women consider when they think of breast augmentation. This kind of implant aids in adding more fullness to the upper part of the breast, creating a curved shape with balanced proportions. 

With round-shaped breast implants, patients have the option of a smooth or textured surface. There is minimal variation in projection or fullness between the bottom and top of the implant since these implants are uniformly shaped, flat, and round. Round implants can be your ideal choice if you want to appear curvier and fuller. If a round-shaped implant shifts or rotates out of place, it is less evident and poses fewer issues. 

Teardrop shape implants:

Teardrop-shaped breast implants, also known as anatomical or form-stable implants, are an alternative to round implants that provide a more natural-looking breast shape. Teardrop-shaped implants may be a good option if you want a more natural-looking, subtle effect as they are designed to mimic the natural slope and contour of the breast

Due to their shape and the firmer consistency of the silicone gel used in the implant, teardrop-shaped implants have less visible rippling and fewer chances of rupture than round implants. 

Cost of breast implants:

The cost of breast implants varies depending on the type, size, and shape of the implant. It is important to also factor in the cost of the surgery itself, anesthesia, and follow-up appointments when considering the overall cost. The cost of breast implant surgery at Vanity Cosmetic Clinic, Mumbai is usually around Rs. 1,10,000/- to Rs. 1,35,000/- + 18% GST.

How is breast augmentation cost determined in India?

Dr. Santosh Bhatia details the factors that influence the cost of breast augmentation surgery in India.

Myths about breast implants

The decision to get breast implants is a personal one, and in the course of making an informed choice, it can be easy to come across information that may be inaccurate or misleading. This can lead to many myths and misconceptions about breast implants, such as their safety or the risk of complications. Here are a few common myths and the truth behind them:

Myth #1: Breast implants need to be replaced often

Modern breast implants are built to last, and they don’t need to be replaced until any problem occurs, such as leakage, rupture, or capsular contraction. It is essential to schedule regular check-ups with your plastic surgeon to ensure the implants are functioning correctly.

Myth #2: Breast implants cause cancer

There is no conclusive evidence linking breast implants to an increased risk of breast cancer. However, routine mammograms may be more challenging to perform with implants, so it is important to inform your healthcare provider of your implants before undergoing any screening tests.

Myth #3: Breast implants look and feel unnatural

The outcome of breast augmentation with breast implants depends on several factors, including the skill of the plastic surgeon, the size and shape of the implants, and the patient’s individual anatomy. Advancements in implant technology have led to more natural-looking and feeling implants. With the right implant and surgical technique, breast augmentation can produce natural-looking results. In conclusion, researching your options, and talking to an experienced doctor about all the facts related to getting breast implants is key to achieving positive breast augmentation results. With the right information and guidance, you can make an informed decision that will help you reach your desired outcome. Book an appointment with Dr. Santosh Bhatia of Vanity Cosmetic Clinic, Mumbai, now to get started. He is one of the best plastic surgeons in Mumbai and will guide you through your breast implant journey with expert advice.

Before & after photos

Breast Augmentation with implants

Dr Santosh Bhatia
DR. SANTOSH BHATIA, MS, MCh.(Plastic Surgery)

Meet the Doctor

Dr. Santosh Bhatia

Dr Santosh Bhatia is Mumbai’s most-sought-after Plastic Surgeon. Founder and Director at Vanity Cosmetic Clinic, Dr Bhatia is also associated with some of the best hospitals in Mumbai such as Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Breach Candy Hospital. 

Dr Bhatia has a vast global experience working with Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery hospitals in New York, Toronto, London, Chicago, Miami, Pune, and Mumbai. 

Dr Santosh Bhatia’s focus lies in performing minimally invasive, state-of-the-art plastic surgeries that yield natural-looking and gorgeous results. He is a cosmetic surgeon with the vision of an artist. Dr Bhatia pays keen attention to details which makes the patient’s transformation graceful and aesthetically pleasing. 

Dr Santosh Bhatia has happy patients including celebrities, socialites, and everyday women from all over the world. His surgical skills, experience and high-regard for safety has earned him a reputation not only in Mumbai but all over the world.

“Surgeon’s skill and experience, quality of care, infrastructure and facilities, and your comfort with the surgeon are just as important as the final cost of the surgery"