What to Consider When Considering Breast Augmentation

Every year, 300,000 women undergo breast augmentation surgery in the US. If you’re dissatisfied with the size, shape, or symmetry of your breasts, you may be considering breast augmentation for yourself.

At Pousti Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon James J. Chao, MD, FACS is highly skilled in conducting a variety of breast surgeries, including augmentations. He and the experienced staff at the comfortable San Diego, California office can help you determine if you’re healthy, physically and mentally, to undergo breast augmentation surgery.

We want you to have the best experience with breast augmentation possible and be thrilled with your results. Consider the following when deciding whether you want to undergo breast augmentation surgery.

Your health

Before even considering implant surgery, you should be in generally good health. That means your vitals are normal and stable, you don’t have any chronic diseases – such as a bleeding disorder – and you don’t smoke.

Smoking can inhibit healing because the nicotine constricts blood vessels, interfering with healthy circulation. Plus, smoking gives off carbon monoxide, which affects your oxygen supply and ability to nurture treated tissue.

You also must be of age: at least 18 years old to receive saline implants and 22 for silicone implants as mandated by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Type of implant

When considering augmentation, you’ll need to settle on a type of implant. Dr. Chao can help you understand your various options and which will help you get the results you want. Saline implants consist of silicone shells filled with sterile water. Silicone implants are also silicone shells, but these are filled with silicone gel – a type of plastic. Many women prefer silicone because they feel more realistic.

Fat transfer is another option for breast augmentation. This option involves removing fat from unwanted areas of your body through liposuction, purifying it, and then injected into the breasts.

Each implant has pros and cons. Plus, if you choose silicone or saline, you then must determine the shape you want (round or teardrop), texture or smooth, and size. Dr. Chao can help you determine the right size according to your body proportions, your posture, and skin elasticity.

Incision and implant location

Breast implant surgery isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure. Surgeons can make incisions around the areola, in the fold underneath the breast, or near the armpit. The type of incision you choose affects your ability to breastfeed in the future and the extent and visibility of scarring.

Dr. Chao will also ask you to consider where you want the implants placed. Subglandular placement means the implant is inserted between the mammary gland and the pectoral muscle while submuscular means the implant sits underneath the muscle. Both options have pluses and minuses for you to weigh.

Long-term considerations

The longer you have implants, the more likely they’ll need to be replaced. Sometimes this is because of rupture or leakage or because these devices are prosthetic and not designed to last forever. Discuss the predicted lifespan of your implants with Dr. Chao, and be sure you understand how to protect yourself from unwanted complications.

If you do undergo breast augmentation, you’ll need regular monitoring to check their integrity. Breast augmentation requires a commitment to staying on top of your health.

Raise all your concerns about the way your breasts look with Dr. Chao. If you have sagging breasts, you need a breast lift (mastopexy) in addition to or instead of breast augmentation.

If you’re ready to sit down and discuss breast augmentation and how it can change your physique and boost your confidence, call Pousti Plastic Surgery for an appointment, or book online. The team reviews everything you need to know about this popular cosmetic surgery to help you determine if it, or another procedure, is right for you.

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