Annually, breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery performed. Deciding to undergo breast augmentation surgery is a very personal decision. It is important to select an experience, credible, board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure the best results possible. There are also quite a few options available to patients, such as type of implant, size, and surgical method. To follow are some things every patient should consider and discuss with their plastic surgeon prior to undergoing breast augmentation surgery.
- Silicone-gel or saline filled implants? The preferred choice among surgeons and patients is often silicone-gel implants because they produce a more naturally feminine silhouette. However, silicone-gel implants are not suitable for all patients, nor do they provide the results all patients are seeking. Silicone-gel implants had a negative reputation through the 1990s for posing health risks. After rigorous research and testing, silicone-gel implants are safer than ever and potential risks have been minimized. Silicone implants also provide more versatility than saline filled implants because they come in a variety of shapes and textures. Saline implants are very round, and often produce a less natural appearance. Saline implants are approved by the FDA for women 18 years and older, and silicone-gel implants are approved for women 21 years and older. For more information about the differences between silicone-gel and saline implants discuss the benefits and risks of each design with your plastic surgeon.
- Surgical method and incision placement. There are 3 main surgeon methods for breast augmentation: under the breast fold, through the areold (skin around the nipple), and through the armpit. Each method is designed to reduce the visibility of scars. The method for implant insertion used is largely determined by your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon chooses placement methods by considering his or her own skill and preference against what is safest for the patient.
- Size. For most patients, the most exciting decision to make when considering breast augmentation is the size of the implants! It is important to have realistic expectations of size, and acknowledge that everyone’s physique poses anatomic limitations. Choosing an implant that is too large can pose dangerous health risks. A board-certified plastic surgeon will assist in choosing the correct size implant that will create an aesthetically pleasing proportion for your new look!
- Selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon. The most important thing to consider before undergoing breast augmentation surgery is selecting the right surgeon for the task. Risks are generally low with breast augmentation but to ensure your safety and best results, schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon specializing in breast augmentation who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. Also, look for professional affiliations such as surgeons who are a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Breast Augmentation in West Orange and Jersey City
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