Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to increase the size, shape, and fullness of the breasts. Size isn't the only decision you need to make, however. If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, here's what you need to know.
Breast implants are placed in different positions, depending on the look you want to achieve and your anatomy. That said, there are two main types of surgical procedures for breast augmentation: submuscular and subglandular.
With a submuscular procedure, the implants are placed under the chest muscles. This option results in a more natural look and feel. In a subglandular procedure, however, the implants are placed under the existing breast tissue but above the chest muscles.
The type of surgical procedure that is best for you will be decided by your surgeon based on many factors, including:
- Type of size of implant
- Amount of existing breast tissue
- Current muscle tone
- Appearance goals
Breast implants are inserted through incisions made during breast augmentation surgery in inconspicuous locations. The location of your incision will depend on the size and type of implant you are requesting. There are typically three options including:
- Along the crease underneath the breast (inframammary)
- At the nipple (periareolar)
- Through the armpit (transaxillary)
Again, your surgeon will help you decide which incision option is best for you based on your individual goals and anatomy.
Type of implant
There are two main types of implants used for breast augmentation: saline and silicone gel. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water and are usually less expensive than silicone gel implants. Silicone gel implants are filled with a cohesive gel closely resembling human fat. Therefore, it feels more like natural breast tissue. During your consultation, your surgeon will help you decide which type of implant is best for you based on your individual appearance goals.
It should be noted that while all surgical procedures come with some risks, complications from breast augmentation surgery are rare. Potential risks associated with any surgery include infection, blood clots, and anesthesia complications. Understanding your breast augmentation procedure is key to making an informed decision. Talk over any concerns you may have with your surgeon about potential risks during surgery and throughout the recovery process.
Breast augmentation surgery is a popular procedure that can help women achieve their desired look. However, knowing what decisions you need to make and what control you have over the process is important to manage expectations.