Plastic surgery has evolved over the years and has many benefits beyond improving physical aesthetics. Thanks to advancements in technology, plastic surgery is more accessible than ever before. Breast augmentation is one of the most common types of plastic surgery that people elect for various reasons.
What is breast augmentation?
Breast Augmentation uses breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of breasts. A patient can undergo breast augmentation to enhance the shape of their breasts. Ultimately, undergoing breast augmentation surgery can improve the natural breast size to be more asymmetric or to get a more rounded breast shape.
Reasons for breast augmentation
There are many reasons that someone may elect breast augmentation. It can also improve the balance between breast size and hip contours, changing the body's overall look and making it more proportionate. Some women also undergo breast augmentation to reconstruct their breasts after an injury or mastectomy.
After pregnancy and breastfeeding, women’s breasts will lose their natural shape. In other instances, one breast looks smaller than the other. In these cases, breast augmentation can help achieve symmetry. While these are some of the more common reasons, some women choose to undergo breast augmentation is to feel good about themselves and to boost self-confidence.
Silicone vs. Saline implants
Silicone and saline implants are the two types of breast implant options. It’s important to understand the differences between the two to make an informed decision with your plastic surgeon.
Saline implants are silicone shells filled with sterile saltwater. Some implants are pre-filled before the operation, and others are filled during the operation.
Silicone gel implants are silicone shells that are pre-filled with a plastic gel.
Choosing between the two options has its advantages and disadvantages. For instance, silicone gel implants are known for looking and feeling more like natural breast tissue, but they do pose the risk of leakage. Consulting with a plastic surgeon will help you pinpoint which one is better for you based on your needs and personal goals.
What to expect during breast augmentation
A consultation is an important part of the breast augmentation process. The plastic surgeon will evaluate your overall health and talk about medical conditions that can affect the surgery. The doctor will also discuss risks and complications that may arise and post-surgery procedures that you must follow to get to full recovery.
During the consultation, you’ll choose the type and size of your implant. You’ll also discuss if your implant will be placed above or below the muscle and the incision site. Your doctor will provide information about what to expect during recovery and possible complications.
As with any procedure, there are some possible risks associated with breast augmentation. Some of these risks may be linked more often with a particular type of implant. Possible risks include:
- Capsular contracture
- Implant leakage
- Implant rupture
- Changes in nipple sensation
Speak with a plastic surgeon to learn more about which type of implants are right for you and what you can expect during the recovery process.