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5 Facts About Breast Augmentation in the Philippines

    5 Facts About Breast Augmentation in the Philippines

    Breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty is a surgery that increases breast size by placing implants under the chest muscle or breast tissue. While it is generally a simple procedure, doctors say it might still be a life-changing decision. Here’s what you need to know about breast augmentation in the Philippines.

    1. Breast Augmentation in the Philippines Can Be Quite Expensive

    One of the things you need to know about breast augmentation in the Philippines is that it can be expensive.

    The cost of implants alone ranges from PHP30,000 to PHP45,000. And of course, you also have to spend money on other things like the surgeon’s fee, medicines, and other services tied to the procedure.

    To give you an idea, one clinic located in Las Pinas listed a price of at least PHP145,000 for breast augmentation.

    2. Like Any Surgery, Augmenting the Breasts Has Risks

    All surgical procedures come with risks, and breast augmentation is no different. Some of the risks involved are:

    • Breast pain
    • Infection
    • Capsular contracture (when scar tissues form and distort the shape of the implant)
    • Implant leakage or rupture
    • Implant position changes
    • Changes in sensation involving the breast or nipple

    Note that should some of these risks occur, you might require additional treatment or another surgical procedure. For instance, to confirm a ruptured silicone implant, you might need magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. Once confirmed the doctor may recommend removing the implant. Afterward, you have to decide whether to replace the implant or not have it at all. If you choose the latter, you might need a corrective surgery or a breast lift.

    3. Many Clinics Offer Breast Augmentation in the Philippines

    While it’s true that the success (or failure) of breast reduction doesn’t just depend on the skills of the surgeon, we can all agree that it’s a huge factor.

    There are reports of women experiencing preventable complications because they didn’t get in touch with licensed surgeons.

    The good news is, many registered facilities offer breast augmentation in the Philippines. Some big private hospitals in Luzon offer it. But of course, you can also search for clinics that specialize in augmentation mammoplasty.

    4. Breast Augmentation Is Associated With Cancer

    Breast implants generally do not cause cancer – however one type of implant is associated with anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL).

    ALCL is an uncommon cancer of the immune system. The US FDA believes that women who choose to have implants with textured surfaces develop a very low, but nevertheless increased risk of ALCL.

    5. You Shouldn’t Decide in Haste

    Finally, breast augmentation in the Philippines requires careful preparations. Not only do you have to choose a skilled and licensed surgeon, you also need to:

    • Choose your implants carefully. You see, there are many types of implants: saline-filled, silicone-filled, round shaped, tear-drop shaped, smooth, and textured. Each has different characteristics. For instance, tear-drop shaped looks more natural than round-shaped, and the textured type prevents implant repositioning.
    • Understand that you might need more than one surgery, especially in cases of complications.
    • Decide whether you want to have the implants for life. Some implants only last about a decade.
    • Strictly follow the surgeon’s orders. What you do significantly affects the success of breast augmentation.

    Key Takeaways

    Breast augmentation is a surgery that increases the breast size with implants. And while it is mostly a simple operation that only takes about an hour or so, breast augmentation in the Philippines can be quite expensive.

    If you decide to have augmentation mammoplasty, it’s important that you get in touch with a skilled and licensed surgeon. Not doing so might result in complications that endanger your health.

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    Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. Updated Apr 21
    Medically reviewed by Janie-Vi Villamor Ismael-Gorospe, MD
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