3 Steps to a Customized Breast Augmentation

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Women seek breast augmentation for a variety of reasons. Whether motivated by a change in size, shape, symmetry or look, each woman can achieve the best augmentation results for her through customization.

Breast enhancement shouldn't be a cookie-cutter approach. It’s about finding the option — with the guidance of an experienced plastic surgeon — that will help you look and feel your best. There are 3 steps to can take to customize your breast augmentation.

1. Consider Your Body Type Think about how you want your breasts to look based on your overall body type rather than planning to reach a specific cup size. The best breast augmentation results are about proportion and shape, not necessarily size. Plus, cup size is an inconsistent measurement, so it's better to think about results in terms of your goal appearance instead.

You also need to think about your existing figure and what you hope to see after your augmentation. In thin women, less breast tissue coverage combined with larger implants may look and feel less natural. A larger implant size might also impact your back and posture by adding weight.

If your goal is a more natural look, a smaller implant that fits and flatters your figure and enhances it, rather than dramatically changing it, may be the best option. For a dramatic hourglass look that balances out wider hips, larger implants could be best. Again, the right choice for you all comes down to your individual goals and preferences.

Ask your surgeon to help educate you and provide before and after photos of women with body shapes that are similar to yours who had breast enhancement. This can help you decide what size and shape breast implant could be right for you and show you how different implants look after surgery.

2. Pick the Best Breast Implants Either saline or silicone breast implants can deliver beautiful results in the hands of the right surgeon. Saline implants, which are filled with sterile salt water, can give you a uniform shape, firmness and feel. Silicone implants feel more like natural breast tissue and are more expensive than saline.

In addition to choosing between saline or silicone, you'll also need to make decisions about which implant profile (how far implants project from the chest) and shape (round or teardrop) could work best. Your plastic surgeon can help you find the right combination of type, shape, profile and style to achieve your desired results.

3. Know What You Want The most important part of planning your breast augmentation is to know what you want. You'll enjoy the best look for you when you're honest and open with your surgeon about your goals. And don’t be afraid to ask for help in figuring them out if you're not sure how to get there.

It’s also important to know what breast augmentation can't do for your body. For example, breast implants won't help "perk up" droopy breasts. If sagging is a concern for you, talk to your surgeon about combining a breast lift with your augmentation.

Finally, you'll want to think about your current lifestyle, and how getting implants could impact that. Women who are very physically active may find that larger implants get in the way of their daily exercise routine.

Learning more about breast augmentation can help you meet your appearance goals while ensuring realistic expectations. By making customized choices and working with a skilled breast enhancement surgeon, you can achieve a personalized result that fits your body, personality and lifestyle.
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Las Cruces Plastic Surgeon