While planning your breast augmentation surgery it is important to understand the technologies and available breast implant options with your cosmetic surgeon. There are many questions you need to ask and discuss with your doctor during your consultations. They include breast implant type, size, placement, incision type, recovery time, and more.
Breast Implant Shapes
Breast implants come in a number of shapes ranging from anatomical to round. Round implants look like a flattened sphere and have equal volume at all points. As such, they are symmetrical implants that are designed to look the same from any perspective. Anatomical implants are designed to look more like natural breasts in that they are shaped like teardrops with the majority of their volume at the bottom. Round implants have the property of not changing shape even if they shift within the body once inserted where as teardrop or anatomical implants will need additional surgery if they shift or flip.
Breast Implant Textures
Breast implants come in different textures as well as shapes. Some implants, called textured, are designed to reduce the chances of capsular contracture or movement within the breast. All anatomical implants are textured for this purpose precisely. Smooth implants may have less chance of rupture than anatomical implants. It is best to see samples of completed surgeries and discuss your options with your cosmetic surgeon before deciding on the specific breast implant shape and texture for you.
Breast Implant Size and Volume
The size of breast implants is measured in three ways: width, projection, and volume. The width is measured across the base of the implant while the volume is measured by the overall mass of the breast implant. The projection is the distance between the outermost point of the implant to the chest. It is important to consult sizes and shapes with your doctor to determine the right size and volume for your body and desired look. Some women prefer a subtle augmentation while others desire a large and strongly noticeable change in the appearance of their breasts. Smaller breast implants are less likely to trigger complications after breast enlargement surgery. Such complications include rippling and displacement.
Breast Implant Placement
One of the last decisions to make is the placement of your breast implants. Submuscular breast augmentation surgery positions the breast implant beneath a layer of muscle in the chest wall. Subglandular breast implants are placed on top of the chest muscle and just behind breast tissue. The benefits of submuscular placement include decreased risk of capsular contracture and less interference with mammography. However, breast implant surgery with subglandular placement can take less recovery time and may involve a lesser amount of postoperative pain.
Breast Implant Incision Site
There are four principal incisions associated with breast augmentation surgery. The most common type is inframmary incision. This type of cutting is executed along the creast beneath the breast where the incision scar will be concealed. Another common type of breast implant surgery incision is the transaxillary incision. This type of incision is placed through the armpit which hides scars very well. The third common type of breast augmentation incision is called the periareolar incision which occurs around the age of the nipple in the aureola region. The latest breast augmentation procedure innovation involves an incision using the TUBA method which allows the breast implant to be placed through an incision in the navel.