What should patients consider when choosing an implant?
According to a study completed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation was the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in 2012. But before deciding to undergo the procedure, there are many components to consider.
There are a lot of trade-offs that individuals must consider when having their breasts enhanced. From size and implant type to perkiness, it’s crucial to analyze all of the decisions surrounding the surgery before diving in to come up with the best solution for you.
Here is what you should consider before having your breast augmentation surgery:
- Firm vs. Soft: The type of implant varies depending on both surgeon preferences and patient preferences as well. With firmer implant, there is less wrinkling and dimpling, but there is also a less natural feel to the breast.
- Implant Placement: Patients must consider where they would like the incision to be made, either under the arm, under the breast fold or under the nipple. When performing breast augmentation, the plastic surgeon creates a pocket for each implant, either directly behind the breast tissue or under the pectoralis muscle.
- Physical Position: Women must also consider how high they would like the implant to be placed and how perky of an implant to select. Lifted, perky breasts give a youthful look while a teardrop shape may appear more natural.
- Implant Texture: As a natural reaction to a foreign object in the body, the body forms scar tissue to protect itself, which may create hardening of the breasts and a rippling effect. Using a textured implant helps reduce the risk of excessive scar tissue and allows the scar tissue to adhere to the implant instead.
Once you’ve decided on the factors above, patients can consider physical implant size options. Remember, bigger isn’t always better, so pick something that will help you feel comfortable and confident. Here’s to looking and feeling your best!