Your Decisions to Make with Augmentation

No one takes the decision to have breast augmentation lightly. After all, the surgery will forever change the very shape of your figure. Of course, that’s the whole idea, so the possibility is very exciting for women considering the procedure! Once you’ve made the overall decision, you’ll have a handful of other choices to make, as well. Throughout the process, Dr. Smith will give you the information you need, and help you with these other decisions.

Of course, your first step will be your consultation with Dr. Smith. You’ll discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure. It’s important you are making your choice for augmentation based on your wishes, not the expectations of someone else. And your expectations need to be realistic. Although, breast augmentation is definitely life changing and confidence boosting, it doesn’t change you as a person.

Next, it’s time to get into the more detailed decisions about your augmentation. Dr. Smith will help you through each of these, so you feel totally comfortable and ready to go ahead with your surgery.

  • Implant type. Saline or silicone — both types have pluses and minuses. Most people feel that silicone implants have a more natural feel than saline. However, if a saline implant ruptures, your body simply absorbs the salt water. If a silicone implant ruptures, you’ll need to have any silicone that has leaked removed. That rupture point can be moot, however, because if either type of implant ruptures, you will have to have replacement surgery to remove the ruptured implant, and if you choose, replace it.
  • Implant position. Do you want the implants placed atop the breast muscle or underneath the breast muscle? Many people believe that implants placed under the muscle have a more natural look, but, as with all of these decisions, it’s all about personal preference. Also, especially with saline implants, placement atop the muscle can sometimes not leave adequate muscle coverage of the implant, creating wrinkling that can be visible on the underside of the breast.
  • Incision location. Where you choose to have the implants inserted will affect your scarring. Implants can be placed through incisions either at the bottom of the breast, near or in the areola, or in the armpit. Obviously, incisions in the armpit don’t leave any scarring on the breasts.
  • Implant style. You will choose the size, shape, and the projection of your implants. You will also decide if you want your implants to have texture, which can help to keep them from shifting.

This list of decisions may seem daunting, but Dr. Smith and our entire team want the whole process to be an enjoyable one. Call us at 843-705-8940 and set up a consultation for your breast augmentation.


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