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Summary: If you are considering breast augmentation, or any other procedure for that matter, the most important thing you should know is that you must choose a board-certified plastic surgeon. After that, your surgeon will be able to guide you towards the most suitable options and provide any advice you may need. Between now and your initial consultation, you may find it useful to brush up on some of the keywords used when discussing breast augmentation. Of course, you don’t need to become a breast augmentation expert, but your decision will be easier if you know what you’re both talking about.

A Primer on Breast Implants

Used during breast augmentation, implants are shells which are inserted into the breasts and filled with volume-enhancing saline or silicone. Saline implants are filled after being placed in the breasts, which enables your plastic surgeon to make a slightly smaller incision. Silicone implants come pre-filled and are inserted as their full size into the breast. Implants may also be used to reconstruct breasts following surgery.

Saline Implants

One of the options for breast augmentation, saline implants involve inserting a shell into the breast before filling it with a sterile saltwater solution to achieve the desired volume. IDEAL IMPLANT® is an innovative type of saline implant that offers some of the benefits of a silicone implant.

It’s a good idea to brush up on your breast augmentation terminology before your consultation.

Silicone Implants

This type of breast implant is filled with a silicone gel before being inserted into the breast. Silicone resembles the look and feel of real breast tissue, which allows silicone implants to offer natural-looking results.

Breast Implant Incision Types

Your plastic surgeon will make an inconspicuous incision in one of three places in order to optimally position the implants within your chest. The type of incision that works best for you will depend on a number of factors that includes the size and type of implant you choose as well as your anatomy. Your board-certified plastic surgeon can help advise you on which incision type may be best-suited to your needs.

Inframammary Incision

An incision which is made in the fold underneath your breast to enable a saline or silicone breast implant to be inserted. The inframammary incision is among the most popular of breast implant incisions.

Periareolar Incision

An alternative to the inframammary incision method, this technique involves making an incision on the lower part of the areola to enable your plastic surgeon to insert a breast implant.

Transaxillary Incision

Another option when carrying out breast augmentation, this one involves making an incision in the underarm area.

Implant Placement

Where your breast implants are placed will affect your final breast augmentation results. You have several options for breast implant placement, and each type has advantages.

Subglandular Placement

One breast implant placement option is subglandular placement, which involves positioning the implant beneath the breast tissue but above the muscle. This placement is particularly beneficial for women who are involved with sports or activities that engage the chest muscles.

Submuscular or Subpectoral Placement

The other placement option for breast augmentation involves positioning the saline or silicone implant beneath the pectoral muscle. Submuscular placement may be optimal with women who are quite slender and don’t have a lot of breast tissue. Placing the implant below the tissue offers additional camouflage for the implant for a more natural-looking result.

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