Major Factors to Consider Before Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation was the second most common cosmetic surgery carried out in 2015. Almost 305,856 procedures were performed in a single year. The procedure was more popular in 19-34 years age group.
The surgery is seen as a way to enhance self image for women who aren’t satisfied with their bodies. Depending upon particular concerns of a person, breast enhancement can be the right choice.
While most people have heard about silicone implants, most don’t know all the choices available to them. The result of surgery is dependent on the choices a patient makes. Hence, it is important to learn about the major options.
The size of breast implants is measured in ‘cc’ and typically ranges from 200cc to 600cc. The size of implant chosen depends on the patient’s anatomy as well as the degree of naturalness expected from the final result.
Most women opt for a size which enhances their breast but do not make them look unnaturally large. Patients can try different implant sizers to help them determine which size suits them better.
While silicone implants are commonly used, these may be filled with either silicone gel or simple saline (sterile salt water). The saline implants are filled after placement and are easier to get the desired size.
On the other hand, silicone gel more closely mimics human fat. Its appearance and feel is more natural in this manner. These implants are placed fully filled in the body.
3. Surgical incision
Four different surgical incisions can be made for the procedure. These include periareolar, inframammary, transaxillary and trans-umbilical breast augmentation. The first two incisions are most common for breast augmentation.
Periareolar incision is made near lower areolar region and is suitable especially when combined with breast lift. Inframammary incision is made in the crease under breast. It is ideal for silicone implants.
Both smooth and textured surface implants are available. Smooth implants have higher chance of displacement but have a lower rupture rate, and last longer.
Textured implants have a thicker shell, which gives them a firmer feel. These are designed to reduce capsular contracture.
Two different shape options are available for breast implants.
Round breast implants offer a symmetrical round shape and a smaller chance of deformation even if displacement occurs. They come as both smooth and textured surfaces.
Anatomical or contoured implants were designed especially for breast reconstruction but are now also used for augmentation procedures. These are oval shaped and result in asymmetry if they shift the position.
You can discuss these options with experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Sadrian. Call 858-457-1111 for a complimentary consultation for breast augmentation and enhancement.