An Overview of Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is one of the most popular procedures among women in the Western world. According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, about 300,000 breast augmentations are performed every year. With the procedure having evolved and developed over the years, there has never been a better time for breast augmentation surgery.
Why do women pursue breast augmentation?
While most people typically associate breast augmentation with a desire to have more sex appeal, there are many other reasons that women choose this route. Some may be looking to restore their original size and shape following pregnancy, weight loss, or breastfeeding. Some women may feel that their breasts are asymmetrical and want to have that rectified. Others may require restoration of the breasts following an unrelated surgery. While breast augmentation is normally considered cosmetic surgery, it can also be reconstructive (when done as part of a treatment for breast cancer).
What are the different types of implants available?
There are various types of breast implants that are employed in breast augmentation surgeries.
- Saline breast implants contain sterile salt water. In the event that the implant casing leaks, the saline will be naturally disposed of by the body. These FDA-approved implants have a uniform shape and feel and provide the firmness that many women are looking for. There are also structured saline implants, which contain an inner structure that makes them feel more natural. Both types are available to women 18 years and older.
- Silicone breast implants, filled with silicone gel, tend to feel a bit more like natural breasts. If the implant leaks, the gel may either remain in the casing or move into the breast area. Silicone-filled implants will not collapse if they leak. Those who choose these implants will need to regularly see their practitioner to ensure that everything is functioning correctly (usually by employing an ultrasound or MRI). Unlike saline implants, silicone implants are only FDA-approved for women ages 22 and older.
- Gummy Bear implants, also known as form-stable implants, keep their form even in the event of a shell breakage. The silicone gel contained within is thicker than the one used in traditional silicone implants. Their shape is peculiar in that the bottom section protrudes slightly. If the implant rotates, it can create an odd appearance.
- Round breast implants make breasts look fuller than form-stable ones. There is also no concern about rotation because the shape is uniform throughout.
- Smooth breast implants feel the softest and move along naturally with the breast pocket.
- Textured breast implants promote scar tissue growth to stick to the implant. They are less prone to rotation and unwanted movement.
Why is it so important to choose a qualified breast surgeon?
When choosing a plastic surgeon, it’s important to remember that everyone is different. Just because somebody you know had a positive experience with a certain surgeon does not mean that you will feel the same way. A good surgeon is able to tailor their approach to the client and provide an open line of communication to voice concerns.
Receiving breast implants can be a life-changing experience, and it is important to take your time before choosing your practitioner. Above all, it is imperative that you make sure that your surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and that their facility meets the highest safety and quality standards.
What is the takeaway?
All in all, breast augmentation is still one of the safest, most popular procedures available to women today. Whether your motivation is improving your looks or correcting a problem, it is an effective treatment that lasts for years. With the vast amount of options available today, your procedure can be perfectly customized to your wishes.
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