Updated: Aug 3, 2021
In 2018, ISAPS Global Survey results listed breast augmentation as the No. 1 aesthetic surgery procedure worldwide, with over 1.8 million surveyed procedures total.
If you are considering getting this popular cosmetic surgery done, and are looking at breast augmentation in Thailand, here’s what you need to consider before going under the knife. 1. Saline vs. silicone fill: The types of implants
Breast augmentation consists of making the breasts larger by surgically inserting implants. There are a few choices you have when it comes to implant material. Of course, you'll want to talk to your doctor about the best type for your health circumstances. Implant types include:
Saline: These cups are filled with sterile salt water. The cups are surgically inserted empty and then filled with saline after.
Silicone: These cups are pre-filled with a thick gel that closely resembles the feel of natural breast tissue.
Autologous: Liposuction removes fat from other parts of the body. That fat is then injected into the breasts to increase size up to 2 cup sizes.
2. Consider the incision location
Do you plan to breastfeed? If so, you’ll need to consider where you want the incision made for your breast surgery. It is generally done from the areola, but if you want to breastfeed, ask your doctor about an incision underneath the breasts or the armpit.
3. Breast augmentation is not the answer for sagging breasts
Some people think that a breast augmentation will fix sagging, but this is not the case. In fact, it can actually make it worse. What you’ll want to look into is a breast lift or “mastopexy”. With this procedure, excess tissue and skin is removed to lift the breasts and the nipples/areolas are repositioned.
4. You’ll need to be patient during recovery
It’s understandable that after surgery you’ll be eager to see what your new breasts look like. But, you’ll need to be patient, because they probably won’t be what you expected. This is normal! Breast augmentation is considered a major surgery, with swelling and bruising that can last weeks. The breasts will also adapt and adjust themselves, so it will take some time to see the full results.
5. Be prepared to stop smoking for awhile
If you’re a regular tobacco user, but prepared to stop smoking up to 2 weeks before your breast augmentation. Nicotine can disrupt blood circulation and carbon monoxide negatively affects the ability for tissue to heal properly, so it needs to be out of the system for your physical safety during the procedure.