Also known as augmentation mammoplasty, breast augmentation is a very popular cosmetic procedure. Women usually choose this procedure to enhance their feminine curves by increasing their breast volume and size. Due to the obvious immediate benefit, majority of women choose to undergo breast augmentation procedures using breast implants.
Breast Implant Options
Saline implants – one of the popular forms of breast implant options. These are filled with sterile salt water and have been used for many years. Until now, many women have undergone breast augmentation using saline implants and have achieved excellent results. It is approved for use by the FDA.
Silicone implants – Also known as Memory Gel implants, silicone implants are the best choice for women with very little breast tissue and subcutaneous fat. These are pre-filled with a fixed amount of a cohesive, gelatin-like substance--the silicone gel.
Saline and silicone gel breast implants each have their own advantages and disadvantages. When compared to saline implants, the new silicone gel implants feel softer.
Where Are the Implants Placed?
In most cases, the implants are placed underneath the muscle (submuscular) rather than immediately underneath the breast tissue (subglandular). The implants will be placed through incisions. The incisions are made in the crease under the breast, through the areola, through the armpit, or through the belly button, depending on the technique and the type of implant used.
The procedure itself takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete. Most surgeons perform the procedure on an outpatient basis, under general anesthesia. Some may administer local anesthesia with sedation. After the procedure, you should expect to go home from your procedure with small, clear adhesive dressings over your incisions and wearing a regular bra.
Prior to the surgery, careful discussion with the plastic surgeon is essential. Discuss all your concerns with the doctor, and let him or her know of your goals and expectations. He will let you know of the potential benefits, the different choices of implants available, incision placement, potential risk factors and recovery period.