Summary: When you made the decision to have breast augmentation surgery done, you’re actually only at the start of your decision-making process. Now that you know you definitely want to go ahead with the procedure, you will need to consider exactly what you want to achieve. There are various breast augmentation options to work through before your surgery is carried out, each as important and personal a decision as the next.
1. How Big Do You Want to Go?
This may well be one of the first aspects to come to mind when you think of breast implants, but it is just one of your breast augmentation options. Generally, breast implants (which are measured in ccs) come in a range of sizes between 200cc and 600cc. The choice you make here will have a significant impact on the appearance of your breasts following augmentation.
Discussing the final look you desire with your cosmetic surgeon will enable you to make an informed decision.
2. Silicone or Saline Implants?
Once you’ve decided on breast implant size, the next of your breast augmentation options involves the choice between silicone or saline implants.
Silicone has a more natural feel, with implants inserted already filled with silicone gel. Saline implants are filled with a saline solution once inside the breast, enabling your surgeon to very accurately customize your results. The third option, gummy bear silicone implants, closely mimic the slope and shape of natural breasts.
3. Which Type of Incision?
Breast augmentation options don’t only relate to size and type of implants – another decision you will need to make involves the type of surgical incision made during the procedure. The two most common types of incision are the periareolar and inframammary incisions, where incisions are made around the areola or in the crease under the breast, respectively.
A less common option is the transaxillary incision made in the underarm. Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss the most appropriate options for your individual procedure.
4. Smooth or Textured Surface?
The fourth of the breast augmentation options you’ll need to consider relates to the surface of the implant itself. Do you want a smooth or textured surface? As with many other decisions you will face, the best option can mainly come down to personal preference and the recommendation of your cosmetic surgeon.
Some of the factors you may wish to consider include smooth implants being more likely to shift in placement, but also tending towards lasting longer, while textured implants can have a firmer feel.
5. Round or Anatomically Shaped?
As well as the size of implant you opt for, the choice between round or anatomical shapes is one of those that will make the biggest difference to how your breasts appear following augmentation. As the name suggests, round implants have a rounder appearance, while anatomically-shaped implants are more of a teardrop, mimicking what many believe to be a more organic shape. However, natural-looking results can also be achieved with round implants.
6. To Lift or Not to Lift?
Depending on the shape of your natural breasts, adding a lift is another of the breast augmentation options you may be considering. A breast lift can be used in conjunction with breast augmentation in order to restore a firmer, more youthful appearance to breasts experiencing sagging as a result of pregnancy or aging. When you schedule your consultation, your cosmetic surgeon will discuss whether a breast lift may be appropriate.