So you’ve read a ton of information and asked your surgeon a million questions on breast augmentation. Once you have thorough understanding of how the procedure works you can start making plans for exactly what kind of breast implants you want. Breast implants are made in all different types of shapes, sizes and textures. Keep in mind that the type of implant you choose will have a direct effect on your overall look so you’ll have to decide whether you want a drastic look or a subtle change.
During the consultation with your doctor, you will have an opportunity figure out the direction you want to go in with your implants.
There are two main types of breast implants; saline breast implants and silicone implants. Saline breast implants are filled with sterilized saline water. You have the option of filling it with varying amounts of saline to determine the right shape and firmness of the breast. Silicone breast implants are filled with a gel substance which makes the implanted breast feel and move like a natural breast.
Both of these implants are safe to use and have been approved by the FDA. They do require upkeep; to ensure that they don’t leak and that things are functioning properly it’s recommended that you see your surgeon on a regular basis.
Next, you will have to decide where you want your breast implants placed. For some this can be a challenging decision because opinions vary. You have the option of having the implants inserted under the muscle which is medically referred to as sub muscular or over the muscle known as subglanduar placement.
The placement of a breast implant can depend on how much breast tissue the patient currently has. The soft breast tissue is what provides cushion for the implant and helps shape the upper portion. If a woman with little to no breast tissue was to have the implant placed on top of the muscle it would look like two large round objects and fail to look natural. If the implant is placed under the muscle, the pressure on the implant from that muscle would give the breast a natural slope in turn creating a natural look.
Over muscle implants does have its advantages. For one, whenever the chest muscle contracts or the pectoralis muscle is flexed, the implant shape never changes as it would if it were placed under the muscle. Some who have had their breast implants repositioned over the muscle say that the change is much more comfortable.
Also , saline based implants are much more stiffer than silicone implants so to achieve a natural look, more pressure is needed on top. In this situation, to give the upper portion of the breast a slope, there would need to be more pressure on top. Under muscle implant placement may be best in this case.
For inserting and positioning the breast implant under or over the muscle depends largely on the woman’s body, the type of implant being used, the degree of enlargement the patient is trying to achieve and your plastic surgeon’s recommendation.Tweet