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shutterstock_72442159 (1)Summary: When you research before deciding to go ahead with breast augmentation, you’re taking an important first step. But if you’re coming across all sorts of terminology that you’ve never heard before, fully understanding the process could be a bit difficult. Here are some of the most frequently used breast implant terms and what you need to know about them.

1. Drop and Fluff

In the first few days and weeks following your breast augmentation, you’ll likely notice some swelling and tightness. These symptoms are normal parts of your body’s healing process and should gradually diminish on their own. As swelling subsides and the skin and tissue surrounding your new implants adequately stretch, your implants will settle into place during what’s known as “dropping and fluffing.” This refers to your implants taking on a softer, more natural-looking appearance and usually happens 3 to 6 months after breast augmentation.

2. 3D Imaging

If you haven’t already heard of Vectra 3D imaging and are considering breast enhancement, this is definitely a term you’ll want to become familiar with. This technology can play a huge role in answering one of the most frequently asked questions about breast enlargement: “What implant size should I get?”

Using 3D imaging technology, Vectra allows you to virtually try on various breast implant sizes and types, and helps you better understand how your plastic surgeon assesses which option could be best for you.

3. Implant Placement

There are two options for breast implant placement: submuscular and subglandular. In submuscular placement, the implant is positioned either partially or wholly behind the chest muscle. Subglandular placement means the breast implant lies under the glandular breast tissue, but above the muscle layer.

Some women may be better suited for one placement over the other, depending on various factors. Because a submuscular implant sits behind both the breast gland and the chest muscle, it can offer very natural-looking and feeling results, especially for very thin, slender women. On the other hand, subglandular implants don’t interfere with your chest muscle, so this placement may be best for women with very active lifestyles.

4. Incision Placement

Along with implant placement, you’ll also want to consider the type of incision that might be best for you. The three primary placements for breast augmentation incisions are inframammary, periareolar and transaxillary, and each comes with its own set of benefits:

  • The inframammary incision is made along the natural crease underneath your breasts, where the natural position of the breast itself helps limit scar visibility.
  • A periareolar incision is made around the lower half of your areola, just where the area surrounding the nipple becomes darker. This pigmentation change can help to hide any scarring even further.
  • A transaxillary incision is made in the armpit so as to completely eliminate any scarring on your breast surface.

Be sure to discuss your goals and options with your plastic surgeon to help you decide which might be the right choice for you.

5. IDEAL IMPLANT®

You’re most likely already familiar with the two most common types of implants, saline and silicone. But with the IDEAL IMPLANT®, you can get the best of both worlds. This innovative new breast implant is filled with saline to offer the same low maintenance as traditional saline breast implants, but also consists of a series of layered inner shells that can achieve the natural look, feel and movement that silicone implants can offer.

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