If you’re thinking about getting breast augmentation or if it’s always been a niggling thought in the back of your mind and you just didn’t have all your questions answered, here are a few things you may not know about the process of choosing the right breast implants.
During your consultation with Dr. David Kaufman , the doctor will first try to get an idea of what your goals are in terms of size and overall appearance or whether there’s a certain model or celebrity you like the look of. Our office uses gel implant sizers to get an approximation of what the patient can expect to look like with a given size breast implant. This is usually a fairly accurate representation of what the patient can expect.
The next step is choosing between saline and silicone. There are pros and cons to each type of implant and which one patients go with depends on what the patient wants. Saline implants are filled with water and can be more precisely sized. It is also easier to detect when a saline implant ruptures, although saline implants don’t feel as natural as silicone ones. With silicone implants, on the other hand, ruptures are more difficult to detect because they are filled with gel, but ruptures are uncommon and many patients opt for silicone for its superior feel.
The last step is choosing an incision route. Below the breast is the most common – it makes it easy to do later revisions is needed or desired by the patient, it does not distort the breast in any way and has the lowest rate of capsular contraction, which is fancy-doctor-talk for a negative response from the immune system to a foreign object in the body. Though the nipple or near the armpit are other options that have to do with minimizing visible scars.
That’s it for today’s tutorial on breast implants. Hopefully this will help better inform you about your options and you can make the next step toward the body you always wanted.