The decision to have breast implants
Breast augmentation has become one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the country. Friends, sisters, mothers and daughters are choosing to be in charge of their breast size. And it’s no wonder. The surgery can definitely change your appearance in ways that can increase confidence and self-esteem if you’re looking to:
- Add some volume and lift after pregnancy
- Combat aging and gravity
- Achieve the size that nature didn’t provide
We encourage our patients who are interested in the procedure to make sure they don’t make the decision lightly when it comes to increasing the size of their breasts. Here is some basic advice for a successful breast augmentation to help you get started:
Good implants could go unnoticed, and that’s a good thing
The best breast augmentations look natural and don’t draw wide-eyed attention to themselves.
Ask your surgeon important questions. Here are three examples:
- Where will the incisions be made?
There are three main incision location options.
- Underneath the breast
- Bottom of areola
- Under the arm (armpit)
An incision under the breast is most popular because it heals well, hides well and gives your surgeon the best visualization.
- Should you have silicone or saline implants?
This can be a difficult decision based on many factors, including:
- Silicone implants have less rippling or wrinkling and a lower rate of deflation over time.
- Saline implants can be adjusted for size and symmetry after they are placed, also allowing the incisions to be smaller.
- What size should you get?
This can be the most difficult decision of all. You will want to consider your goals for your appearance, your lifestyle and your age, but it’s also important and helpful to discuss all of the variables with your surgeon. Call for a consultation appointment today: In Pinole (East Bay) call (510) 724-8282; In Larkspur (North Bay) call (415) 461-5755.
- Much of the decision on implant size is based on the width of the ribcage.
- Narrower patients do better with smaller implants.
- Implant “sizers” can help give you the best idea of what various sizes will look like under clothing prior to surgery.