Breast augmentation is serious business, and it requires a lot of planning. Don’t worry, this is actually a good thing; breast augmentation techniques and implant technology have advanced so far in recent years that patients have the ability to greatly customize their procedure. That being said, let’s look at all the choices you’ll get to make before undergoing breast augmentation.
What Type of Breast Implants Should I Get?
Silicone: Silicone implants have advanced in recent years to become one of the most natural-looking implants around. Because they have a silicone gel filling, silicone implants can give you a more natural shape, movement, and feel to the breasts. Although they’re less likely to rupture or wrinkle than saline implants, their ruptures are not easy to detect and would need a MRI.
Saline: Saline implants are filled with a salt water solution. They can be filled by your plastic surgeon, so it’s pretty flexible in terms of the feel and size of the implants. Because they can be filled once inside the body, they usually require smaller incisions. If the implant ruptures, the filling is easily and safely absorbed in the body. However, your breast might flatten.
How Big and What Shape Should I Get my Breast Implants in?
Big Implants: Big implants are obviously a more dramatic change, but they can limit athletic activity and movement. They are heavier and can stretch the tissues.
Small Implants: They look more natural, but most people who seek breast augmentation want a bigger improvement.
Round: Round implants are popular because they tend to create better-looking cleavage and tend to be softer.
Teardrop Shaped: Teardrop shapes are narrow at the top and fuller at the bottom, and patients tend to like them because they offer the most natural-looking breast implants; however they cost more and have the added risk that if they turn around they could spoil the appearance.
Breast Augmentation Incisions
Infra-Mammary: These incisions are placed under the breast crease. A wider version of this incision is used for silicone implants because they’re already filled outside of the breasts.
Peri-areolar: This incision is placed around the lower part of the areola. This type of incision is great because the areola might be able to hide any kind of scarring that occurs and the incision is small.
Breast Implant Placement
Under the muscle: When implants are placed under the muscle, they look much more natural. It’s also less likely to interfere with mammograms and reduces the risk of rippling.
Over the muscle: Implants placed over the muscle are much more dramatic, and can look unnatural.