The 6 Most Important Considerations for Breast Augmentation

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Many women contemplate getting breast implants long before they commit to the procedure. Part of the fun of planning for breast augmentation is imagining the final results, but the decision to pursue breast enhancement involves more than just saying yes to new breasts. Before embarking on breast enlargement, there are several important factors to consider that together will ensure that your procedure is custom-tailored to meet your specific goals, and deliver long-lasting, beautiful results.
1. Saline vs. Silicone Implants can be divided into two categories based on their materials: saline and silicone. Empty when placed in the breast pocket, saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater after insertion. Silicone implants are prefilled with silicone gel, a thick, jelly-like fluid.
Some women prefer saline implants because the incision can be smaller, and if the implant ruptures, the complication is immediately visible. However, the natural feel and lighter weight of silicone implants make them the preferred choice for most patients, especially those with little breast tissue or minimal body fat. Silicone implants are also less prone to rippling than saline, though they are also more expensive.
2. Size Matters Just as B cup breasts appear differently on a tall woman with a wide frame than on a short, petite woman, the same is true with implants. For this reason, implants are measured by volume, in cubic centimeters. Implant size is determined based on individual anatomy and personal goals. A good surgeon will take measurements during your consultation and make recommendations about the best implant size for you based on your ideal results and your body type.
3. Round or Anatomical (Gummy Bear) Shape is an important consideration when choosing implants. Anatomically-shaped implants, commonly called gummy bear implants, are filled with a highly cohesive silicone gel and are frequently chosen for their natural-looking teardrop shape. However, women who want more fullness in the top of the breast may prefer round implants.
4. Choice of Surgeon Perhaps more important than any technical detail is who you choose to perform the surgery. Careful selection of the plastic surgeon is the greatest factor that contributes to your procedure’s outcome. It’s critical to choose a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation [/url]. Asking to view a photo gallery of before-and-after photos or reading patient reviews can help you evaluate potential surgeons before committing.
5. Incision Location Whenever possible, incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. Incision type will depend on your implant selection, body type, lifestyle and preference. The three most common incisions are known as periareolar, inframammary and transaxillary incisions. Of these, inframammary incisions, which are made in the crease below the breast, are used most often. This incision is preferred for ease of implant placement, and isn’t as visible as many women expect.
The periareolar incision is made around the nipple, resulting with a scar that can be virtually undetectable. However, not all women are candidates for this incision. Transaxillary incisions are placed through the armpit and are a popular choice for women who don’t want any breast scarring. Implant placement can be trickier with this incision.
6. Whether to Include a Lift Some women combine breast augmentation with a lift to enhance breast size while improving breast shape and placement. Both augmentation and a breast lift can be performed safely in a single procedure to minimize downtime. While a lift can reposition the nipples and tighten loose skin to resolve sagging,
a breast lift alone will not increase your cup size, making the procedure a nice complement to breast augmentation.
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Denver Plastic Surgeon