With over 300,000 procedures just last year, it’s clear that breast augmentation is continuing to be a very popular procedure among women in the U.S. Whatever the reason for undergoing a breast augmentation, either for reconstructive or cosmetic reasons, there are plenty of decisions to make before you go into surgery. For some, the number of choices to make can be daunting, including where to make the incision, what type of implant to use, and what you qualify for in regard to your health history.
Here are some key points to keep in mind when deciding what type of breast augmentation is right for you.
How Many Different Types of Breast Augmentations Are There?
So you’ve decided that you want breast implants. Great! You’ve made the first step on your journey toward a more ideal self. You might have heard about different types of implants, such as saline and silicone, but it is just as important to consider the implant shape, size, placement, and the location of the incision.
Breast augmentation surgery does not come in “one-size-fits-all” package; your aesthetic goals, medical history, and body frame all play a part when you and your doctor create a roadmap for your success.
Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants
The two most popular options for breast implants are saline and silicone. This is one of the most crucial decisions to make prior to surgery, as both options have their own unique benefits.
Saline is FDA approved for women 18 years old or older and is better suited for those with asymmetrical breasts. The saline breast implants contain a sterile saltwater solution that offers enhanced firmness and can be easily absorbed by the body.
Silicone implants are a very popular gel-based alternative to saline. They are FDA approved as well, but cannot be used for women under the age of 22. Silicone implants are ideal for those who wish to achieve aesthetic-oriented results, as it also offers a more natural look and feel.
This is a crucial decision to make, and it shouldn’t be made without your doctor. There are three types of incisions to choose from, and ultimately, you may have to choose an option based on health and safety rather than preference. Your options are:
- Inframammary: A small incision is made along the inframammary fold, which is the crease underneath the breast. This option results in a small, concealable scar within the crease. It is the preferred method for those looking to use large silicone implants for their breast augmentation.
- Transaxillary: This technique involves a small incision in the armpit that will allow your surgeon to place the breast implant. This is a popular choice for those who do not wish to have a visible scar along the breast.
- Periareolar: A preferred choice for women who are also undergoing a breast lift in conjunction with a breast augmentation. Your surgeon will create a small incision around the circumference of the areola so that the natural transition of skin color helps camouflage the scar.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Once you’re ready to undergo the operation, you’ve already discussed with your surgeon what implant and incision type is right for you. Anesthesia will be administered during the procedure. Lasting anywhere from one to two hours, the procedure involves creating a pocket for the implant to rest inside of. Everything will be done in compliance with very strict health and safety guidelines.
You will receive medicine to help alleviate the pain around the chest. You will be sore for the first few days following surgery, but the pain should be easily manageable. It’s important to know that results typically do not last forever. Drastic changes to the body, including weight loss, pregnancy, and age may alter the look of your breasts. Saline implants can last anywhere between 4 and 10 years, and silicone implants usually last between 10 and 20 years.
If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation, feel free to contact our Carlsbad plastic surgery office for your complimentary consultation today! Call 760-637-5288.