Undoubtedly one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures, breast augmentation was performed more than 290,000 times in 2013, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). This is most likely due to a continued societal trend for pursuing an idealized appearance and ever-improving techniques and technology.
While this procedure continues to become more and more available to a greater population, the essential considerations prior to surgery are the same.
There are two options for implants: silicone and saline. Most patients (72%) choose silicone, which are considered softer, lighter and more natural in texture. Additionally, there's a lower deflation rate and less rippling. However, these benefits do cost more. Some patients do prefer the lower cost or the smaller incision of saline implants, a great alternative to silicone.
If you’re concerned about the location of the incisions for breast augmentation surgery, discuss your concerns with your surgeon. Advancements in technique and equipment have made it much easier to reduce the appearance of scars but there still may be telltale signs of alteration. The three standard areas for incision are inframmamry (under the breast fold; typically the most preferred), peri-areolar (around the areolar), or transaxillary (under the armpit). You can work with your doctor to determine which of the three best suits your body type, implant choice and lifestyle.
This may be the most challenging decision for patients, although it doesn't have to be. Work with your doctor closely to decide what is right for you. Your surgeon will help you match your body type with your desired outcome using accurate measurements, imaging technology and thoughtful discussion.
When selecting a surgeon for breast augmentation, check for an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) certification in the field of plastic surgery as well as a current American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) membership. A good doctor will share plenty of before and after images, either online or in person. Ask trusted family and friends for referrals or check reliably sourced ranking systems for your area to find a well-respected office.
If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, contact us for more information. We always offer a free consultation and are happy to answer any questions you may have.