Women considering breast augmentation choose one of our experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons for results that look natural, yet remarkable. For women who have been self-conscious about the size of their breasts most of their lives or those who have lost volume after having children, breast implants can help increase confidence.
Your Breast Augmentation Options
Many of our breast augmentation patients think about their decision for months before scheduling their consultations. It can be an exciting time to meet with your plastic surgeon and discuss the choices involved with getting breast implants. It also may be a bit overwhelming, which is why choosing a surgeon with years of experience is so helpful. The options involved with breast augmentation include:
- Implant Size: Most women want breast enhancement results that are noticeable but still look natural. Choosing the size of implants involves considering both your cosmetic goals and your body’s frame. The same sized implants you think look great on another person may not be right for you because you have a different type of body. Even though most women think in terms of cup size, breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc’s).
- Implant Filler: In general, you have 2 options for the material that fills the implants: saline or silicone gel. Saline implants are filled with a saltwater solution. The choice of silicone gel implants is a bit more varied, with the latest generation of these implants including cohesive and highly cohesive silicone gel. These options depend on personal preference, but most patients and surgeons believe the cohesive gel implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue.
- Shape: You can choose round implants that provide more fullness in the upper pole of the breasts or teardrop-shaped implants that have more fullness in the lower area of the breasts.
- Profile: This refers to the projection of the implants and how they appear in a profile view. Our surgeons thoroughly explain your options and will recommend what they believe will provide the best results.
Our surgeons’ expertise helpfully guides you through these choices. Patients often bring “wish” photos with them to their consultations to show their desired results.
Your Breast Augmentation Procedure
The advanced techniques used by our cosmetic breast surgery specialists help create results that look natural and minimize the small risk of complications. Patients also have options when it comes to the actual procedure, including the location of the incisions and the placement of the implants.
You have 3 choices for incision location:
- Inframammary incision: This is the most common. Your surgeon makes a short incision at the base of the breast, just above where the breast connects to the chest.
- Periareolar incision: This technique involves making an incision on the lower edge of the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). This incision is barely perceptible after the procedure. Even though the risk to breastfeeding is minimal, that’s something to consider if you’re still planning to have children.
- Transaxillary incision: The benefit of this location is the incision is hidden in the underarm area. Using this location, however, prevents the surgeon from having a direct view of the implant during the procedure.
Breast implants can be inserted behind the existing breast tissue and above the chest muscle or behind the chest muscle. For patients with little breast tissue, a submuscular placement helps avoid visible rippling or wrinkling. A subglandular placement (above the muscle) may be appropriate for patients with more tissue. Your surgeon will explain the benefits and limitations of each option.
Breast augmentation is often part of a Mommy Makeover procedure that women choose after having children. A Mommy Makeover may include a breast lift with implants, along with a tummy tuck and liposuction.
We provide detailed post-op instructions that help minimize discomfort and enhance your recovery after getting breast augmentation. Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, meaning you’ll return home the same day as surgery. There’s some soreness during the first day or two. Many patients return to non-physical jobs within a week. Any discomfort during the recovery can be managed with prescription or over-the-counter pain medication.Back to Top