6 Little Known Facts About Breast Augmentation


When it comes to breast enhancement, there is certainly no one-size-fits-all. In fact, every augmentation surgery is customized to meet the specific needs and goals of each woman. When it comes to breast implants, you may be surprised at the number of variables that go into each operation to ensure the patient sees the most benefits from their breast augmentation. A range of options, including implant placement, type of implant, and incision location all help to determine the final results. Being informed about various breast implant facts can help you prepare for your procedure and achieve the best breast augmentation results.

1. Implant Placement
Breast implants can be placed either above or below the muscle. Subglandular placement is when the implant is above the pectoral muscle but below the breast tissue. This placement is best for women who have enough breast tissue to cover the implant and can help prevent the breasts from drooping off the implant.

Submuscular placement, on the other hand, is when the implant is placed below the muscle. This is a popular position for thin women who may only have a small amount of breast tissue. Submuscular placement provides an additional layer of coverage, reducing the likelihood of the implant being seen or felt.

2. Cost of Silicone vs. Saline
Silicone implants come with a higher price tag than saline implants. This is because the cost of manufacturing and the material itself and is more expensive than saline, which is essentially saltwater. The decision to get breast implants is a major one that shouldn’t be determined based upon price alone. However, it’s important to understand what affects the bottom line when considering the overall cost of surgery.

3. Incision Size Depends on Implant Type
Saline implants require smaller incisions than silicone implants. This is due to the fact that saline implants can be inflated after they’ve been placed in the breast pocket. Silicone implants, on the other hand, come prefilled. Larger incisions are therefore necessary to accommodate the insertion of silicone implants.

4. Implants Won’t Prevent Breasts from Changing
Breasts will inevitably change with or without implants. Pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and the process of aging can all impact the shape and position of breasts. Over time, as the skin loses some of its natural elasticity, breasts can fall victim to gravity and droop. An effective way to remedy sagging breasts is a mastopexy, also known as breast lift surgery. The procedure, done on its own or in combination with a breast augmentation, will elevate the position of the breasts.

5. Keller Funnel™ Offers Superior Results
The Keller Funnel™ is a relatively new device that enables your surgeon to insert silicone implants directly from the packaging into the breast. The device offers a number of advantages during breast augmentation surgery. Use of the Keller Funnel™ reduces the possibility of infection and capsular contracture. It also minimizes pressure on the implant, therefore extending implant longevity. Finally, because a smaller incision is required when the Keller Funnel™ is used, scarring can be minimized.

6. Breast Augmentation Results Can Look Natural
A common misconception about breast augmentation is that breast implants are always obvious, but this is not the case. Although some women opt for an implant size that flaunts their assets, not all patients strive for noticeable or dramatic results. Recent breast implant trends have women selecting small to moderate-sized implants for a natural looking enhancement. With the help of an experienced surgeon, your breast augmentation results can appear as subtle or dramatic as you would like.

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Las Cruces Plastic Surgeon