Am I a good candidate for breast enhancement or breast enlargement?
What will be expected of me to get the best results?
Where and how will you perform my breast augmentation surgery?
What shape, size, surface texturing, incision site and placement site are recommended for me?
How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
How are complications handled?
How many additional implant-related operations can I expect over my lifetime?
How will my ability to breastfeed be affected?
How can I expect my implanted breasts to look over time? After pregnancy? After breastfeeding?
What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my implanted breasts?
How will my breasts look if I choose to have the implants removed in the future without replacement?
Do you have breast augmentation before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?
8 Types of Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. There are several different types of breast augmentation procedures, each with its own approach and considerations. Here are some of the most common types:
- Breast Implants: This is the most traditional and well-known type of breast augmentation. It involves the surgical placement of breast implants to increase breast size and improve shape. There are two main types of breast implants:
- Saline Implants: These implants are filled with sterile saline (saltwater) solution after they are placed in the breast. Saline implants can be adjusted for size during surgery.
- Silicone Gel Implants: These implants are filled with silicone gel, which closely mimics the feel of natural breast tissue. They come pre-filled and require a slightly larger incision for placement.
- Fat Transfer: Also known as autologous fat transfer or natural breast augmentation, this method involves removing excess fat from another area of the body through liposuction and then injecting it into the breasts. It is a more natural alternative to implants, but it is typically suitable for modest increases in breast size.
- Composite Augmentation: This approach combines breast implants with fat transfer. A smaller implant is used, and then fat is injected around it to achieve a more natural look and feel.
- Transaxillary Augmentation: In this technique, the breast implant is placed through an incision in the armpit (transaxillary) rather than directly on the breast. This leaves no visible scarring on the breast itself.
- Periareolar Augmentation: The incision for breast implant placement is made around the edge of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). This incision type can help hide scarring.
- Inframammary Augmentation: The incision is made in the fold under the breast (inframammary crease). It allows for direct access to the breast tissue and provides good visibility during surgery.
- Submuscular vs. Subglandular Placement: Breast implants can be positioned either behind the chest muscle (submuscular) or in front of it but behind the breast tissue (subglandular). The choice depends on factors such as body type, implant type, and personal preference.
- Reconstruction After Mastectomy: Breast augmentation is also used for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy (removal of the breast). This may involve using implants, autologous tissue (flap reconstruction), or a combination of both.
It’s important for individuals considering breast augmentation to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss their goals, the most suitable options, and the associated risks and benefits. The choice of procedure will depend on factors like the desired outcome, body type, and the surgeon’s recommendations.