Among the most popular of all plastic surgery procedures is breast augmentation. Sometimes known informally as a “boob job,” breast augmentation procedures are designed to enhance and increase the size of the breast. Breast augmentation patients can desire this change for a wide variety of reasons, including to bring their proportions into alignment and to feel more confident. There are also cases where issues of breast asymmetry are addressed, or where breasts are enlarged simply so that clothing fits better and so on. In other words, women pursue breast augmentation procedures for a wide variety of reasons.
At its most simple, breast augmentation procedures increase the size of the breasts. But the basic shape or “feel” of the breast may also be changed. The degree of these changes will depend largely on the desires of the patient in question, and will be discussed thoroughly during initial consultation periods. There are, of course, many options when it comes to your breast augmentation procedure, from size to shape to incision to texture. There are so many options, in fact, it can be difficult to discern what your preferred option is. The end results, however, are almost universally satisfactory—in fact, breast augmentation continues to be one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures with excellent results for patients.
Why is Breast Augmentation Popular?
The popularity of breast augmentation procedures have been well documented and well sustained over the years. It’s true that recent years have seen a slight dip in the frequency of procedures, but breast augmentation’s dominance remains unchanged. So why is this procedure popular? It certainly has something to do with the quality of the results. Patients who are looking for a breast augmentation often feel self-conscious about their bust size for a number of reasons. Breast augmentation procedures are designed to increase that bust size and, as a result, tend to make those patients feel much more comfortable in their own bodies.
There are, of course, many benefits that come with breast augmentation. Those benefits include the following:
- Increased bust size
- Many patients report increased confidence and self-esteem
- Many patients mention that clothes fit better afterward
- More evenly proportioned breasts
- Breasts in proportion to the rest of your body
- The ability to feel comfortable wearing whatever you want
- Increased symmetry in the breasts
- Larger breasts that can look incredibly natural
- Many patients have reported an increase in quality of life after their breast augmentation procedure
Due to the sensitive nature of breast augmentation procedures, it’s worth noting that no patient should ever feel pressured into getting any plastic surgery procedure that she does not want. In fact, most plastic surgeons will take the time to emphasize realistic expectations and healthy attitudes.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
Most breast augmentation procedures are performed under general anesthesia, in a hospital or surgical suite setting. Your plastic surgeon will, of course, determine the best way, time, and place for you to get your desired results. This will be determined before your procedure begins. Before your procedure begins, you and your surgeon will determine which breast implant works best for you:
- Saline Implants are composed, basically, of salt water. They less commonly used than before, but are particularly useful for those patients who do not want silicone implants or who want the procedure to be as minimally invasive as possible.
- Silicone Implants are the most common breast implant type. They are robust, and they look and feel quite natural. For this reason, silicone breast implants are usually the number one choice of plastic surgeons.
- Fat Graft Implants are, at the moment, somewhat “trendy.” They can, in the right circumstances, be the best choice, but most surgeons still opt for silicone breast implants over any fat graft options.
Once you have decided on the implant type, you and your surgeon will also consider incision type.
When surgeons decide to use a periareolar incision, it generally involves making a circular incision around the areolar region of the nipple. This particular site is chosen, in part, to help obscure any scarring, but also to provide easy access to the area in which the implant will be inserted.
Perhaps the most common incision technique, inframammary incisions are made along the lower contour of the breast. This effectively hides the any scarring that may develop beneath the breast itself. This particular incision type offers among the lowest instance of complications, both short term and long term.
For patients who want the smallest possible incision and scars that are easy to hide, transaxillary incisions are definitely worth considering. These incisions are actually made in the armpit area, and the implant is “pushed” into the proper place. Transaxillary procedures have the benefit of being minimally invasive, but they are limited in the size and types of implants that can be accommodated.
Breast implants can be placed either under the pectoral muscle or directly behind the breast tissue. Breast implant placement will often play a role in determining incision type as well.
Breast Augmentation Results
Most women love their breast augmentation results. It may take several weeks for swelling to subside to the point where you can accurate gage those results (though you should be on your feet in a day or so after surgery, in most cases). Patients who elect to undergo breast augmentation will, of course, notice significantly (or modestly) larger breasts and, in most cases, a change in the shape of those breasts. In most cases, patients report increased confidence, self-esteem, and quality of life after these procedures.
If you’re thinking about a breast augmentation procedure, your cosmetic or plastic surgeon is going to be among the best sources for further information in making decisions that will enable you to fulfill your transformative wishes. The sooner you schedule a consultation, the sooner you can be walking around with your new figure.
Breast augmentation results speak for themselves. That’s why, after all these years, they’re still such a popular option for so many plastic surgery patients. Learn more about breast procedures.