Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures today, but the fact that patients undergo around 300,000 breast augmentations a year shouldn’t mean you should race to your cosmetic surgeon and demand an immediate appointment on the operating table.
Instead, approach your plastic surgery wants and needs by conducting thorough research of the procedure and the facts you need to know to determine whether augmentation is right for you.
Here are the essential facts to consider when arranging your breast augmentation in Plano.
Choosing Silicone or Saline Implants
One of the biggest stories to emerge from the world of cosmetic surgery was the debate over silicone breast implants and whether they caused health problems in women who received breast augmentations. In response to concerns over the safety of silicone breast implants, the industry created saline implants as an alternative.
However, silicone breast implants today are extraordinarily different than their predecessors. Rather than using an implant filled with a liquid silicone solution, some modern silicone implants are made of a gel and are sometimes called “gummy bear” implants because of how they feel without the traditional silicone of the past that could leak during a rupture.
One of the concerns for patients seeking larger breasts is, “how much is breast surgery,” and for patients on a tight budget, saline has become a popular choice. Also, a saline implant often allows the cosmetic surgeon to make smaller breast augmentation incisions than he would need to in the case of saline implants.
There is also a variety of other types of breast augmentation that have been getting increased attention in the last several years. Those types include:
- Fat transfer breast augmentation
- Stem cell breast augmentation
- Non-surgical breast augmentation
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Types of Surgical Incisions for Breast Augmentations
The type of breast implant chosen for breast augmentation is arguably one of the most important decisions you’ll make during the consultation process. Another essential part of the process is figuring out which type of surgical incision will be used for your surgery.
Obviously, a surgery with the smallest breast augmentation scars possible is always desirable, but sometimes the decision isn’t always in the hands of the patient. Depending on your body type, your surgeon may need to use a particular incision type to ensure the best possible results for your breast augmentation.
The three main types of breast augment incisions include:
- Inframammary – An incision is made under the breast fold to insert the implants.
- Peri-areolar – The implants are inserted through an incision around the areola.
- Transaxillary – An incision is made under the armpit.
With experience and continuously updated surgical techniques, your plastic surgeon can greatly minimize the expected scarring from your surgery and ensure you receive a natural looking breast augmentation.
Selecting Breast Implant Size
If you’ve never undergone a breast augmentation, one of the first questions on your mind might be your breast augmentation size. This is where it’s important to rely upon the advice of your cosmetic surgeon. Most patients will have an idea of the size of implant that might look best, but might be worried that it’s too big or too small.
You might say to your surgeon, “my friend is a 36C, and she looks great. I’d like to look the same.” There’s a significant chance that you have a very different body type than your friend, and you might need a different size or type of implant. Although it’s fine to present your surgeon with some ideas about how you’d like to look, it’s important that you listen to what your doctor has to say about getting you to where you want to be with your breast size.
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