“Having a gorgeous body requires a lot of effort, especially with summer approaching! Indeed, some women resort to various methods to look beautiful and at their best. There are different techniques to achieve this, and cosmetic surgery is one of them. However, the assistance of a professional is necessary to avoid any complications.”
To conceal imperfections and enhance one’s body, cosmetic surgery can meet the expectations and concerns of women. The evolution of surgery and technology now allows solving various aesthetic issues that women face. These procedures are increasingly in demand and frequently performed by professional surgeons, but they should not be taken lightly. The decision to undergo a surgical procedure should be well thought out. Take the time to discuss it with your loved ones and with professionals.
For detailed and comprehensive information about breast augmentation or reduction, which are among the most requested procedures, there is also lip augmentation to make them fuller. Explore our special sections on female cosmetic surgery.
Increasing Lip Volume
Full and well-defined lips are an undeniable beauty element. Discover some methods to have lips like Angelina Jolie.
For Plump Lips
Thin, undefined, and asymmetrical lips can now be corrected and transformed into sensual lips. This correction is temporary, and its effectiveness varies (from 3 months to several years). It also helps smooth out aging fine lines.
Lip Augmentation Techniques
For any lip enhancement, to give more fullness to the lips, the surgeon can inject a synthetic product into the patient’s lips. Collagen or hyaluronic acid injections are the most commonly performed. Collagen is a natural substance already present in the body, particularly around the eyes and joints. These substances are easy to administer and provide immediate results. Lips consist of frequently used muscles, which is why the duration of the various products’ effectiveness is not very long. Note that the duration of effectiveness varies depending on the injected product.
The procedure takes only a few minutes and is done with a very fine needle and without anesthesia. The pain is mild and quite tolerable. This operation can be performed on both upper and lower lips or on one lip, depending on the patient’s morphology and desires. In addition to injecting a product, injecting a small amount of the patient’s own fat is also possible. This is called “lipofilling.” Although more complex, this surgical method has the advantage of not introducing foreign substances and therefore avoids the risk of allergies. It is performed under local anesthesia, resulting in a more natural appearance, and its effectiveness lasts for 12 to 24 months. Permanent lip augmentation can also be considered. The surgeon will make an incision under the lip in a V shape to increase the visible red part. The scar, inside the mouth, is then invisible. This procedure can be accompanied by a fat graft to perfect the volume.
What Are the Possible Complications?
Injecting collagen or other substances for lip augmentation does not generally present specific complications. However, hematomas may appear after the procedure, as well as small bluish spots that will disappear after a few days. The risk of infection is very limited but still present, as with any surgical procedure. Immediately after the injection, the patient can return to work or her usual activities without specific contraindications. Whatever lip augmentation technique is chosen, the operation must be performed by professionals in cosmetic surgery. Note that the effectiveness over time varies from person to person.
What Is Breast Lift?
Drooping nipples… it’s called mastoptosis. The surgical solution to address this is called mastopexy.
Different Intervention Procedures
This surgery involves lifting the breast, repositioning the breast gland and the areola-nipple complex by removing excess skin or fixing the tissue to a higher level on the pectoral muscles. Mild breast sagging will only require a small incision around the areola. However, more significant tightening may require three incisions made in an inverted “T” shape, similar to breast reduction.
Sometimes, the placement of a breast implant may be necessary to restore some volume to the breasts. Repositioning the gland upwards can lead to an excessive loss of breast volume. Inserting the implant requires making a small incision of a few centimeters, which can be located in the breast crease, the upper or lower part of the areola, or even in the armpit. The procedure can last one or two hours. The scar is generally not very visible. However, its quality may vary from person to person, depending on the quality and skin reactions of each individual. The operation can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the intervention.
The appearance of bruising is common immediately after breast lifting, but it will gradually disappear after two to three weeks. The risk of infection is limited but still present, as in any surgical procedure. Nipple sensitivity may be altered or even lost in some cases, but it may improve a few months after surgery. In many breast lifting procedures, only the outer part of the breast is affected. Therefore, breastfeeding possibilities remain unaffected for future mothers.
As with any surgical procedure, mastopexy is not without its risks. Therefore, it is important to consult professionals in cosmetic surgery to avoid any risks.
Breast Reduction for Hypertrophy
While a generous breast is the dream of many women, for others, it can be a nightmare.
Breast hypertrophy is an excessive breast volume. Breast reduction may be considered when the breast reaches a volume greater than 400 cm³ (a “normal” breast has a volume ranging from 200 to 350 cm³). Breast hypertrophy is often psychologically challenging and can be both a complex that is difficult to conceal and a physical handicap.
An excessively large breast can have consequences on a woman’s health, including back pain due to the weight to bear. There can also be a deformation of the spine due to poor posture adopted to compensate for the excess weight. In the case of significant hypertrophy, there may be an infection under the breast due to skin maceration. Breast reduction or reduction mastoplasty can be performed to address these issues.
What Does the Breast Reduction Procedure Involve?
The surgical procedure involves removing excess breast fat, part of the glandular tissue, and excess skin to reconstruct smaller breasts. The breast is then reshaped, and the nipple and areola are repositioned to create a normal breast. Older techniques left a long, difficult-to-conceal, inverted T-shaped scar. However, modern methods leave a more discreet vertical mark at the base of the areola and around it. These marks are permanent but may be more or less visible depending on the patient’s skin quality.
The appearance of scars evolves in the months following the procedure and stabilizes approximately one year after breast reduction. The operation is performed under general anesthesia and lasts about three hours (variable depending on the case). The hospitalization duration is three or four days. After the procedure, the patient will be prescribed a two to three-week work leave. The patient should avoid heavy lifting for one month and refrain from sports for about two months.
Due to the numerous consequences and problems associated with breast hypertrophy, the breast reduction procedure is fully covered by the national health system if the breasts reach a certain volume requiring a 300-gram reduction per breast with a medical indication.
Bruising may appear after the procedure, but it will gradually disappear after two to three weeks. Swelling of the breasts is also common. The appearance of hematomas is possible after this type of operation; however, the use of drains can mitigate these risks. The risk of infection is limited thanks to the administration of prescribed antibiotics.
In rare cases, due to complications in the areola and nipple area, a vascular problem can occur, leading to the loss of the areola and nipple, which can be reconstructed in a subsequent procedure, typically through a graft. Alteration or even complete loss of nipple sensitivity can also occur after the surgery. Cysts may appear several months after breast reduction, but they generally disappear without treatment. However, it is advisable to consult with your surgeon. Breast reduction is a true surgical intervention and should be performed by a qualified and professional surgeon.
Breast augmentation, achieved through the placement of implants, allows for an increase in breast volume.
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that uses implants to enhance the volume of breasts that are considered too flat or sagging. Cosmetic surgery can help alleviate physical complexes caused by breasts that are small or nearly nonexistent, which can deprive some women of a sense of femininity, a feeling often considered essential for self-acceptance.
Augmentation mammoplasty is performed when the breast is not adequately developed or is sagging. This technique can restore volume and correct the breast’s shape in both cases.
How to Choose the Size of Your Breast Implants?
The decision to undergo breast augmentation cannot be made without careful consideration. It should be discussed with a surgeon because only they can advise you on the size that suits your body.
Using new image processing technologies (morphing), the surgeon can, based on a photo of your breasts, simulate the placement of breast implants. This allows you to visualize your appearance with a larger bust and express your desires to the surgeon more effectively.
This step is crucial, as many patients opt for fairly large implants without realizing that a too radical change in breast size affects the overall silhouette. Morphing software allows you to visualize this change and often leads to a revision of implant size.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
The surgeon makes a small incision around the areola or under the armpits, through which a silicone breast implant is inserted, positioning it under the breast gland or under the pectoral muscle. The incision can also be made in the fold under the breast. The choice of incision location depends on the patient’s breast morphology. The scar typically becomes completely invisible after a few months.
The operation is performed under general or local anesthesia, or even epidural (depending on the anesthetist’s and surgeon’s practices and consultation with the patient), and lasts an average of one hour. Hospitalization is very brief, usually between 24 and 48 hours. The patient should wear appropriate bras for a few weeks to ensure good breast support. They should avoid lifting heavy objects in the days following the procedure, and engaging in sports is strongly discouraged for some time.
There are various shapes of breast implants (round or anatomical) and different dimensions and volumes. The outer shell of all modern implants, which comes into contact with the patient’s internal tissues, is made of silicone elastomer.
The filling material for pre-filled implants from the manufacturer is silicone gel. There are also inflatable implants that the surgeon fills with saline solution during the procedure. This allows the surgeon to adjust the implant volume as agreed upon with the patient beforehand.
The majority of women who have had breast implant placement for augmentation are satisfied with the results of the procedure. It is essential to seek a qualified and recognized surgeon to perform it. In addition to the volume effect, the prosthesis also provides a push-up effect, helping to restore the natural support and firmness of the breast, which many breasts lose over the years and after pregnancies.
The implantation of silicone prosthesis is a true surgical procedure and, as such, carries certain risks. The prosthesis should be regularly monitored, at least once a year, to ensure everything is in good condition.