Understanding Your Breast Augmentation Choices
If you’re considering breast augmentation, there are a number of choices and decisions that you’re going to need to make before your surgery. Some of these options may not always be available if your surgeon doesn’t offer them.
It should be noted that there are no right or wrong choices, it simply helps to know about all of the options that are available to you.
Your Breast Augmentation Choices
Breast Implant Shape: Anatomical or Round?
As a breast augmentation patient, you will have the choice between a round or anatomical breast implant. The core difference is that the gel in anatomical implants has been specifically shaped that way and cannot be altered. They are also stiffer than round implants. Anatomical implants are mostly used for breast reconstruction surgery while round implants are the preferred choice for those looking to achieve larger breasts in general. It should also be noted that round implants are more affordable.
Breast Implant Fill Material: Saline or Silicone?
Saline and silicone implants each of their own pros and cons. For one, if a saline implant leaks, it isn’t as dangerous as the saline will be absorbed by the body. Unfortunately, saline implants don’t always look as natural as silicone and the implant will collapse if it bursts. Silicone on the other hand looks more natural and if you opt for a gummy bear implant, it will retain its shape if it bursts.
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Breast Implant Profile: Low, Moderate, High or Ultra-High?
The profile of a breast implant is its projection for a given base diameter, with low, moderate and high profile being the most popular. Profile makes a difference to the fullness of the upper pole of each breast. Basically, the higher the profile, the firmer your breasts will be.
Surgical Access: Peri-Areolar or Infra-Mammary?
An infra-mammary approach is most commonly used and the scar from the incision can be hidden quite well. The glandular tissue will also not be disturbed as much as the peri-areolar approach. Unfortunately, there can be a high risk of implant exposure due to the weight of the implant resting on the incision site.
The peri-areolar incision is much smaller but this approach is slightly more challenging. When done correctly, scarring can be minimised and implant exposure risks are minimal. Potential loss of nipple sensation is the only downside to this approach.
Breast Implant Surface Texture: Smooth or Textured?
Textured implants are the most popular as the pores on the implant help bond it to the patient’s tissue, which means it won’t move around as much. Unfortunately, textured implants tend to feel and look less natural than smooth implants due to the lack of movement.
Plane: Dual Plane, Sub-Glandular or Sub-Muscular?
You will also need to discuss where you want your implant to be placed as it can be placed under varying amounts of tissue. The sub-glandular plane refers to the implant being placed under the breast tissue but on top of the muscle. The sub-muscular plane refers to the implant being placed under the pectoralis muscle. Lastly, the dual plane refers to dissection under the muscle as well as the release of the lower attachments of the pectoralis muscle.
Your surgeon will be able to discuss the pros and cons of the various planes with you.