Decisions with Breast Augmentation
- Posted on: Jan 15 2018
The decision to have breast augmentation surgery is a life-changing decision, and it should only be made for the patient. The procedure will change your body image, and potentially your overall self-image along with it. It’s a big decision that should only be made after you’ve done your research. But once you have decided to go ahead with the surgery, you’ll have a variety of other decisions you’ll also need to make. The choices may seem overwhelming, but our entire team at Snodgrass & Robinson will be with you every step of the way. We’ll provide you with all the information you need, and walk you through each choice to be made.
Here are the other choices you’ll make with breast augmentation.
- Implant type. Saline or silicone — both implant types have pluses and minuses. The consensus is 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 overstated, though, because if any implant ruptures, you will need to have replacement surgery to remove the ruptured implant and to replace it, if you choose to. Also, today’s silicone is far more cohesive than that used even a decade ago, meaning that it tends to stay in the implant shell even after a rupture.
- Implant position. This may seem obvious, but it’s not. You may not have known that implants can be placed atop or underneath the pectoral muscles of the chest. 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. One issue to take into consideration is that if the implant is placed atop the breast muscle (especially with saline implants), if there isn’t adequate coverage the implant can show visible wrinkling on the underside of the breast surface.
- Incision location. We place your implants through three incision locations, and scarring is different with each. 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, although larger implant sizes may not be able to be placed through this method.
- Implant style. You will choose the shape, generally teardrop or round, and the size of your implants. Implants are sized based on the amount of the filling substance measured in cubic centimeters. You will also decide on the “projection” of your implants. This is the degree to which the implant has more filling higher in the implant.
Breast augmentation is an exciting time, but your decisions can seem daunting. Whether you’re working with Dr. Snodgrass or Dr. Robinson, you can be sure our entire team will help you with each decision, so that you can feel confident heading into your surgery. Call us at 706-622-4941 for a consultation.
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