What to Consider Before a Breast Augmentation
When people think of plastic surgery, many people automatically think of breast augmentation. And this connection is not surprising, as breast augmentation is a very common procedure. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) 2017 National Plastic Surgery Statistics, breast augmentation is currently the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure to date, increasing 3% since 2016.
When considering breast augmentation surgery, there are many things that you will have to take into account. These include incision placement, implant size and shape, and type of implant.
When placing breast implants, there are three common incision options. These include the inframammary, transaxillary, and periareolar incisions. The inframammary is created in the breast fold, the transaxillary near the armpit, and the periareolar around the nipple. The incision placement that is right for you will depend on your individual anatomy and your preference for where the incision will be.
Breast implants are available in a variety of types, including saline, silicone, and form-stable. Saline implants are made up of a silicone shell filled with a sterile saline solution. Silicone implants are made from a silicone shell filled with a silicone gel. Form-stable implants are similar to silicone implants, though they can hold their shape better. The type of implant that is right for you can be discussed during your consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Implant Size and Shape
Breast implants also come in many sizes and shapes to help meet the aesthetic needs of every patient. Breast implants have a variety of widths, projection amounts, and fill volumes, so they are not a “one size fits all” solution. You and your surgeon must take into account your body form, your chest wall shape, and your lifestyle to choose the right implant for you.
But How Do We Know Breast Implants Are Safe?
In the 1980s and 1990s, the media reported claims of how breast implants and breast augmentation may be associated with health problems like autoimmune diseases. However, breasts implants are proven to be very safe, and silicone gel breasts implants are the most widely studied medical device to date. Extensive FDA-directed prospective clinical research has been done and has confirmed that there is no association between silicone gel implants and any chronic autoimmune disease.