4 Factors that Influence Your Breast Augmentation Results
Breast augmentation continues to be one of the most popular cosmetic procedures among women. Breast implants can boost a woman’s self-image and self-confidence and give her the sexy, feminine curves she has always wanted. If you’ve decided to get breast implants, there are several decisions you will have to make before surgery, and each will directly determine how your new breasts will look. Here are four important factors to consider in order to get the best breast augmentation results.
1. Implant Size
Deciding on an implant size can be one of the toughest decisions to make before your breast augmentation. Many patients worry that they’ll choose implants that look too small and will later regret not going bigger. Other patients are fearful of going too large and getting results that are too noticeable and make them feel self-conscious or embarrassed. During consultation appointments with your surgeon, you should aim to determine the perfect implant size that fits your figure, complements your body’s proportions and helps you feel comfortable and confident.
2. Silicone vs. Saline
Understanding the unique benefits silicone and saline breast implants have to offer is important for you to be able to choose which is best for you. Saline implants are typically less expensive and require a slightly smaller incision because, unlike silicone, they’re inserted empty and then filled with saline solution once placed in the breast pocket.
Silicone implants, which better emulate natural breast tissue, are by far the more popular choice and are now chosen by nearly two-thirds of women who get breast implants. They’re less likely to show visible rippling than their saline counterparts, and the silicone gel’s consistency is more like that of natural breast tissue. There are actually two types of silicone implants — gel and highly cohesive or “gummy bear” implants. Highly cohesive implants have a firmer feel and are teardrop shaped to mimic the natural shape and slope of a breast. Silicone implants are a particularly popular choice for very thin women or women without much existing breast tissue, because the implant is less likely to be visible through the skin.
3. Incision Placement
While there are several incision techniques for placing breast implants, most plastic surgeons focus on two different incision options:
“ A periareolar incision is made around the outer circle of the nipple, called the areola. When using this incision location, every effort is made to make the incision directly along the border of the areola in order to minimize the appearance of the scar.
“ An inframammary incision is made underneath the breast, where the breast fold meets the chest wall. One of the benefits of this location is that the scar will be discreetly hidden underneath the natural breast fold and is usually undetectable even when wearing a bra or bikini top.
4. Choice of Surgeon
Of all the decisions you’ll make before your breast augmentation, choosing your surgeon is by far the most important. When performing breast augmentation, a plastic surgeon combines medical skill with artistic instinct, and the level of his or her expertise and experience will directly determine the quality of your results. Do your research and choose a highly trained, board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgery.
Use your consultation appointment wisely to explore your doctor’s qualifications and observe the quality of his or her work through before and after photos of prior patients. Your ideal surgeon will not only be qualified but will make you feel comfortable and will listen carefully to understand your goals and expectations.