Breast augmentation is a surgical process that creates fuller, more proportionate breasts through the use of saline or silicone gel implants. Many women feel that nature has not generously endowed them with the breasts they desire, so they opt for this commonly-performed surgery to enlarge their breasts and increase self-confidence and personal attractiveness.
Silicone gel implants have a thick, sticky, fluid consistency that resembles human fat and feels natural, while saline implants can feel like water balloons, especially for patients with thin, soft skin. Silicone gel implants were viewed as potential health hazards in the past, but recent studies have found no scientific evidence that they are harmful. A new product, “Gummy Bear” implants, made of cohesive gel that maintains its shape and is resistant to leakage even when cut with a knife, are currently offered through an FDA study.
To install the implants, a surgeon will make an incision under the breast fold (the lower crease of the breast), around the lower part of the areola, or in the armpit to create a pocket for the implant. The implant itself is often placed under the muscle to allow accuracy for future mammograms. Most procedures are conducted on an outpatient basis. After the procedure, patients may feel pain for one to five days, and soreness and swelling that may last a few weeks.
In the hands of a skilled, board-certified surgeon, the results of breast augmentation can be life-changing. If you are considering getting breast implants, Dr. Eko from Eko Plastic Surgery will consult with you and show you computer simulations of how your breasts will look. For information or to schedule a consultation, fill out the form below or call us at (760) 249-2222.
About Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation surgery comes with a lot of choices that make a huge impact. All potential breast augmentation candidates should consider these questions before even deciding to embark on the road towards a breast reconstruction surgery. These considerations not only effect the physical appearance of the patient, but their mental capacity as well.
What Are the Most Common Reasons for Breast Augmentation?
There are numerous reasons why women decide to receive breast augmentation. Although reasons vary from woman to woman, some of the most common reasons are to enlarge breast fullness and projection. Another reason women get breast reconstruction surgery is to better the balance of their bodies due to different breast sizes. A third very common reason why women get this surgery is to enhance and increase body image and self-confidence due to pregnancy or weight loss. But, no matter if the surgery is for body image or a confidence boost it is highly recommended to search out a doctor’s advice and council before deciding if breast augmentation is a good choice.
Are There Different Ways to Do It?
Along with choosing if breast augmentation is a good fit there are also different options of what kind of breast augmentation a woman can choose from pending on the feel and the appearance of the material used to fill the breasts. Much like choosing to buy a car used or new; or which outfit to buy at the mall, the kind of material can result in different outcomes. This is why it is of great importance to seek out the advice and the knowledge of a trained surgeon, so that the patient may receive the best support and ultimately the best results for their breast augmentation.
Is it Better to Make My Breasts as Large as Possible?
Choosing the right breast size is a personal preference that is made by the patient. It is a fact that bra size is not regulated in the bra apparel industry, therefore bra sizes vary from one brand to the next. Even though there are no regulations on standard bra sizes and which breast size to choose, a doctor could make a recommendation for the patient. Some factors that will be taken into consideration are the overall body frame size of the woman, the skin’s laxity or ability to stretch, and how the patient’s body will be impacted by the weight of the breast implants.
How do I Know if I am a Good Candidate?
Knowing if the person is a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery is a very important question to consider. Even though a person may feel that they are an eligible candidate for the procedure there are some factors that will determine if breast augmentation is an option. One of the factors to consider for this surgery is if the patient is in good physical and mental health. Another important factor is whether the patient is pregnant; if that is the case, the procedure should not be performed. Also, if the woman is considering pregnancy, the doctor may recommend waiting until after the patient’s child-bearing years are over. Also, in many cases, pregnancy can alter breast size in many women. If the patient is considering a significant weight loss, they should hold off the procedure.
What Should I Consider When Choosing a Surgeon?
Much like considering if breast augmentation is right for you; choosing the right plastic surgeon is also key part of the process. One of the most important, if not the most important thing to consider when choosing a surgeon is if the doctor is board-certified; meaning the doctor is a part of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Another important consideration is if the surgeon has gone through at least six years of surgical training after medical school, with at least three years of plastic surgery residency training. Lastly, make sure to inspect the facility where the surgeon practices to make sure it is Medicare-certified.
Making sure that the patient is of the right heart and mind prior to embarking on the path of breast augmentation surgery is vital, but also making sure that all bases are covered like choosing the right surgeon and choosing the right kind of material to fill the breasts with can make all the difference in the world.
Before and After Gallery
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Silicone Breast Implants
Saline Breast Implants
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