Summary: Patients generally have to make multiple choices when considering their breast augmentation procedures. Usually, your plastic surgeon will be there with you, helping you make decisions that best accommodate your desired final outcome.
You Probably Have a Lot of Choices to Make About Breast Augmentation
Undergoing a breast augmentation procedure can be exciting. You can’t wait for the surgery and recovery to be over so you can get a good look at your new appearance. There’s a lot of anticipation and joy, usually. But before you get there, you have to make some decisions. A lot of decisions.
To be sure, you should not be making all of those decisions in a vacuum. You’ll need to rely on your plastic surgeon to provide you with guidance and help you sift through your options. But some decisions will be largely up to you–or, at least, those decisions will depend on your preferred outcome. Let’s take a look at some of the decisions you might have to think about. (Though, before we go much further, we should take a moment to remind everyone that we aren’t doctors here–this article is intended for entertainment purposes only.)
Choosing Your Implant Type
One of the most important choices you’ll make is to choose your implant type. However, in almost all cases, this decision will be relatively straightforward–at least, on a very basic level. In most cases, patients will have to choose one of two options:
- Saline implants: These implants are filled with saline–a solution of salt and water. The idea is that if the implant ruptures for some reason, the saline can be harmlessly absorbed into your body.
- Silicone implants: In general, silicone implants are more robust and more natural looking than their saline counterparts. Silicone typically has a longer lifespan and is more resistant to ruptures.
There is no single right answer in terms of the implant type to get. However, the vast majority of patients do opt for silicone implants. In part that’s because of their longstanding safety record. But it’s also because silicone implants tend to last longer, cause fewer problems, and offer more options.
Choosing Your Incision Type
There are several types of incisions used in completing a breast augmentation procedure. Sometimes the incision can be made under the fold of the breast. In other cases, the surgeon may make an incision around the areola of the nipple. In still other cases, an incision through the armpit can be used to insert the breast implant (though, this technique is much more limited in terms of the size of implant it can accommodate).
There are benefits and drawbacks to each incision type. The most common–and the one usually recommended by surgeons–is the incision that’s made under the fold of the breast. There are several reasons for this:
- The fold provides a wonderful hiding place for the incision, helping any marks to blend in with the rest of your body.
- The under-the-fold technique provides surgeons with the maximum amount of control in terms of placement of the breast implant, which can improve outcomes.
- Typically, the under the fold technique will have the fewest instances of certain complications.
- A wide variety of implant types and sizes can be accommodated using this incision technique.
Of course, you and your surgeon will discuss the best incision technique for you and your desired outcome.
Choosing an Implant Size
One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is the implant size you want. In other words, you’ll have to choose just how large you want your new breasts to become. Most patients want a result that is proportional to their body. It isn’t always easy to gauge what’s proportional, however. Surgeons may take detailed measurements. You may also be able to use certain scanning software to generate a 3-D model of what you’ll look like with your new breast size.
But this decision is an important one. And there are considerations beyond the aesthetic to take into account (the weight of the implants, for example). Still, most patients will have a pretty firm idea of what they want.
And that’s what it’s really all about–all of these options exist to help ensure you get the look you want.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for almost five years. He’s constantly in touch with surgeons to ensure he gets the latest and most up to date information possible.