Answers to Common Breast Augmentation Questions

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Breast augmentation is a common procedure where the shape and fullness of the breast is improved using an implant. This procedure is customizable in that the size and shape of the implant should be chosen to complement your figure. 

This article will address some of the most commonly asked questions about implants and breast augmentation. As always, you may ask questions here on Real Self or contact Perimeter Plastic Surgery directly to schedule a consultation.

  1. What's the best size implant?
    There's no one correct answer for this question. The implant size should consider your current height, weight and overall body shape so that the size of your breasts compliments your figure and looks natural. During your consultation, you should be able to hold and feel different sizes of implants. In addition, I will take a few measurements during a consultation which can help determine the best size implant to use.
  2. Where will the implant go?
    An implant will either be inserted on top of or underneath the pectoralis muscle. Placement under the muscle is especially beneficial for women who have naturally smaller breasts because the muscle helps to add shape to the upper part of the breast and provides tissue cover which helps to create a more natural appearance. If you choose a saline implant, which is softer, or already have a good amount of breast tissue, I may recommend placement over the muscle. As with size, placement of the implant and the incision will be determined by what you're most comfortable with and your own unique physiology.
  3. Should I pick saline or silicone?
    This is totally up to you. Saline implants are filled with a sterile salt-water solution. If the implant bursts, the liquid will not cause harm and will be naturally absorbed and processed by your body. These implants are also available to patients who are at least 18 years old, while silicone implants are only available to women who are 22 or older. Silicone implants have a gel filling that is soft to the touch and also more closely mimics the feel of real breast tissue. These pre-filled implants often provide a more natural appearance and feel. During your consultation, you should be able to see and feel each different type of implant to decide which is the best for you. 
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