Breast augmentation cosmetic surgery can be readily customized according to the unique needs of a patient. This is one of the main reasons for its popularity.
Women considering breast augmentation have various options at their disposal, offering them significant control over their results.
Options for the Patient
Breast Implant Type
At present, women in the US can choose between saline-filled implants, silicone gel-filled implants, and form stable, ultra-cohesive silicone gel-filled (informally called “gummy bear”) implants.
Breast Implant Placement
Breast implants can be placed in front of the pectoral muscle, right behind the breast tissue (the subglandular or submammary placement method) or beneath the pectoral muscle (the submuscular placement method).
Breast implants may be placed via inframammary incisions (right beneath the crease at the base of the breast), periareolar incisions (along the border of the areola’s lower half), or transaxillary incisions (in the armpit).
Certain cosmetic surgeons place implants through the navel, also known the transumbilical, or TUBA, incision. However, in comparison to the other three methods, this technique is less commonly used.
Breast implant shape, size, texture, and profile are some other options for a patient to choose from.
Every decision that a woman takes on her breast enhancement will impact her overall outcome. Therefore, it is important for patients to fully understand their options prior to going ahead with the procedure.
An experienced and well-qualified plastic surgeon will spend time with the patient to inform them of every facet of the procedure as well as address any concerns that they may have.
Breast Implants – Basic Choices
While planning the breast enhancement cosmetic surgery, the patient will need to decide on which implant type they want, where they should be placed, and where the incisions will be made. The surgeon will advise the patient during this process.
However, the decision will ultimately be made by the patient herself. It is vital to make a salient choice after understanding all available options.
Silicone Gel Breast Implants
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved silicone gel breast implants to be reintroduced into the US in 2006 after extensive testing to prove that they were safe for use.
Silicone implants provide patients with more natural looking and feeling outcomes than their saline counterparts as these implants are more similar in consistency to the natural breast tissue in comparison to saline implants.
Saline Breast Implants
In comparison to silicone breast implants, saline implants offer more safety. Saline is a sterile solution consisting of water and salt.
Therefore, in the case of leakage due to implant damage, the body can absorb the solution without any damage done. With these implants, leaks are apparent almost immediately after the rupture as the solution escapes the plastic lining rapidly.
Breast Implant Shape
The shape of the breast implant will have a significant effect on the appearance of the breasts following surgery. The patient may have a preferred shape in mind. However, it is crucial for her to understand her options completely and discuss the benefits and limitations of each before choosing a definitive shape.
The two main shapes of breast implants are round and teardrop. The most suitable shape for a specific patient will depend on various factors, including the patient’s body type and the amount of breast tissue that they currently have.
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