Decisions to Make Once You’ve Decided Upon Augmentation

Breast augmentation can certainly be life changing, particularly if the woman has felt her breasts were disproportionate to the rest of her body. The procedure can give a person new confidence in her figure and boost overall self-esteem.

But once you make the big decision to go ahead with augmentation with Dr. Smith, there are still other decisions you’ll need to consider.

Implant type

You’ll first choose your implant type: saline, silicone, or cohesive silicone. Each option has its own pluses and minuses.

Saline implants have the advantage of needing a smaller incision, as they are filled once placed into the breast pocket. They also are less worrisome if they rupture, as the body simply absorbs the saline water. Saline implants do have a higher incidence of wrinkling, however.

Silicon implants are generally thought to feel the most like natural breast tissue. However, if they rupture, the silicone needs to be removed.

Cohesive silicone implants (commonly known as gummy bear implants) are a new addition to the implant options. They are filled with thicker gel, hence the gummy bear name, and are shaped like a teardrop. If these rupture, the thicker gel usually stays within the shell and doesn’t leak into the surrounding tissue.

Implant size and shape

Beyond the type of implant, you’ll need to decide on the size and the shape of your implants. Beyond the size, which is measured in cubic centimeters of the filling substance, you also will decide on projection and the shape of your implants.

Incision location

Your final decision is the location of the incision. Implants can be placed through an incision in the armpit, at the base of the areola, on the undercrease of the breast, or through the belly button. Each choice has its own pluses and minuses and Dr. Smith will discuss them with you during your consultations before surgery.

If you’re considering breast augmentation, call us at 843-705-8940 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith. Although the decisions listed above may seem daunting, he will give you the information you need to comfortably make each one.


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