The reasons why women turn to breast augmentation vary. The majority of patients who undergo breast enlargement are doing so to gain a flattering, more feminine shape. Women who have asymmetrical breasts (an unbalanced appearance) or would like to restore volume after weight loss or pregnancy may also desire breast implants. Because full, voluminous breasts remain a symbol of femininity, those who have a small size may feel less than adequate. Breast augmentation helps some women improve their self-image and feel more confident.
Breast augmentation entails the use of saline or silicone gel breast implants. The type of implant selected will be based on several factors, including your surgeon’s recommendation. Both saline and silicone gel breast implants are FDA approved.
Options also exist for incision placement and implant position – above or below the pectoralis muscle. Typically, and depending on the type used, the implant is placed through a small incision in the fold beneath the breast or through an incision at the edge of the areola of the breast (pigmented area around the nipple). Additionally, implants can be placed above or beneath the muscles of the chest wall. There are advantages and disadvantages to options for incision placement and implant position and your surgeon will discuss these during your consultation.
Sometimes, breast augmentation is combined with mastopexy, or breast lift. While simple breast augmentation typically takes about two hours to complete, mastopexy will increase the time required for surgery. The amount of time needed and the cost of breast augmentation is based on factors such as the choice of implant, approach, and need for breast lift. A full consultation is required to allow for evaluation of each patient’s specific situation and goals for surgery and for full discussions of options available.
Overall, breast augmentation is regarded as a successful and rewarding surgery for the patient. Following recovery, women look forward to wearing certain fashions and filling out swimwear tops. Whether you would like to regain shape and size or newly enhance your appearance, breast implants can provide you beautiful, natural-looking results.