Once you’ve decided to have breast augmentation, the decision making process isn’t over. In fact, the choice to have breast augmentation is really just the beginning of the decisions you’ll need to make. Since everyone’s body is different and many women have slightly different goals for the procedure, there are a range of breast augmentation options available.
When all is said and done, you and your surgeon will choose the type and size of implant that works best for your body and for the amount of enhancement you’re seeking. Your surgeon will also help you choose the placement that will work best for you. Here’s what to know about your breast augmentation options so that you can ask the right questions during your consultation.
As you may already know, implants are typically made out of one of two materials. You can choose between silicone implants or saline implants. The major difference between the two is the materials found inside of each. Saline implants are filled with a salt water solution. Silicone implants contain a viscous silicone gel. Some types of silicone implants are called gummy bear implants because they are made of a very firm type of silicone that holds it shape.
Differences in materials are just the start of the differences between silicone and saline implants. One big difference is in how the implants are placed in the breasts. Saline implants are often filled after placement, which means they can be filled to a custom size and that the incision made is usually rather small. Gummy bear and silicone implants are pre-filled. The incisions made to place either regular silicone or gummy bear implants are often slightly larger. Due to their larger size and shape, gummy bear implants often require the longest incision.
Silicone and saline implants often feel different once they are placed in the breasts. With their soft, gummy feel, silicone implants typically have a more natural feel. Saline implants are often harder. Additionally, the edges of saline implants can pucker and ripple, which can be visible in the breasts, especially in women who don’t have a lot of natural breast tissue.
Another choice you’ll need to make before breast augmentation is what size you’d like the implants to be. Choosing implant size can be one of the trickier aspects of undergoing breast augmentation.
For one thing, implants aren’t sized the way you might think. Choosing an implant size isn’t like choosing a bra size. If you’ve ever gone bra shopping, you know that what one brand describes as a 34B might actually be the same as what another brand describes as a 36A. Plus, proportionally speaking, a “C” cup on a person with a 32-inch chest is considerably smaller than a “C” cup on a woman with a 38-inch chest.
There’s no uniformity in bra sizing, so it’s not a good way to measure implant size. Instead, implants are sized based on volume. You might be presented with implants that are 300 cc (cubic centimeters) or 450 cc. Usually, the best way to figure out which size is most appropriate for you is to try a few implant sizers on. You wear sizers under a tight fitting shirt so that you can see what your silhouette and shape will look like with each size.
Your surgeon can also recommend a size to you based on the size of your frame and your description of your goals. Keep in mind that a surgeon might advise against going to too large with your implants. Choosing implants that are too big can mean you end up with breasts that don’t work with the rest of your proportions or that you end up with breasts that are too heavy to be comfortable.
The final thing to consider when weighing your breast augmentation options is the placement of the implant. Often, choosing implant placement is up to the surgeon, but he should be willing to explain the difference to you and why one option is preferable to the other.
Generally, a surgeon will either place an implant above or beneath the chest muscle. Often, submuscular placement is recommended for patients with a limited amount of breast tissue, as the muscle helps to conceal the implant better. The result is a more natural-looking augmentation.
Of course, for some women, placing the implant over the muscle can make more sense or create a better result. A woman with more natural breast tissue can often benefit from over-the-muscle placement.
Since there really is no single magic answer or option when it comes to breast augmentation, the best thing to do is schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon and review all the options in depth. Dr. Paul Vitenas is one of the country’s highest rated breast augmentation surgeons. His practice is located in Houston, Texas, and patients regularly travel to see him from around the US. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Vitenas, call 281-484-0088 today.