Breast augmentation can give women with small or unevenly sized breasts a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned appearance through the placement of implants. Women may chose to undergo breast augmentation for many different medical and aesthetic motivations, including balancing breast size and compensating for reduced breast mass after pregnancy, surgery or weight loss.
There are a number of procedures available with regard to positioning of the implant (above or below the pectoralis muscle) and the types of incisions used (axillary approach, infra-mammary or through the areola). Furthermore, implants vary widely in shape, size and firmness. The choice of implant and procedure is best reached in consultation so that individual circumstances may be taken into account.
In most cases, anatomical implants will provide the best results for women seeking natural-looking breast enhancement, as they can be used to customise breast shape as well as volume. The extensive number of shapes and sizes manufactured offers opportunities for individualisation to an extent that is beyond what can be obtained with traditional round implants.
BioDynamic breast consultation
Dr Sorensen employs a number of new tools to assist women in selecting breast implants. These include computer-rendered visualisations of a woman’s individual shape (BioDynamics system) where various implants can be ‘tried on’ virtually. There is also a special garment which allows a woman to test and feel different implant shapes on her body. It is Dr Sorensen’s opinion that it offers women more control and allows for better and more informed decision-making, resulting in a higher degree of satisfaction with the final outcome.
The breast surgery consultation is an analytic and scientific process based on mapping and measurement of chest shape and available breast tissue. It is a completely personalised approach, taking into account a woman’s general body proportions, occurring natural asymmetries and her aesthetic preferences.
Candidates for breast augmentation
Most women for breast augmentation are aged between 20 and 60, though as treatments are gentle to the breast tissue, surgeries can be performed at any age. If required, breast augmentation may be combined with other procedures such as a breast lift or correction of inverted nipples.
Infra-mammary, areolar and axillary incisions for implant placement. The infra-mammary approach is the most common as it is gentle, precise and leaves a small scar concealed within the crease below the breast. The areolar incision provides a camouflaged scar and certain advantages in reshaping of the breast tissue in case of breast asymmetries [+]