What Should I Know About Breast Augmentation?

What Should I Know About Breast Augmentation?

Posted on September 13, 2019 by Dr. Susan MacLennan

Out of all cosmetic plastic surgeries, breast augmentation is one of the most popular choices. If you’re like the many women that consider a breast augmentation procedure, it’s likely that you have a few questions about what to expect. There are a lot of decisions that come with breast augmentation surgery, so here are some common ones to consider as you schedule your consultation.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to enhance and recontour the breasts. This procedure is usually performed by inserting implants through an incision. Implants can help improve the proportion of the body and enhance the profile. Many women opt for breast augmentation after pregnancy or weight loss, and this often means that a breast lift is included in the procedure.

What Types of Breast Implants Can I Choose?

Breast implants have a silicone shell and are filled with one of two types of filling: saline or cohesive silicone gel. Other than the type of implant, it’s important to know that they come in different shapes and sizes as well. Round implants are usually used to create more substantial lift, fullness, and cleavage. However, teardrop-shaped implants create a more natural look.

What are the Differences Between the Types of Implants?

Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. On occasion, these implants might leak, but on the rare occurrence that they do, the saline is naturally absorbed by the body. Saline implants can be placed with a smaller incision because the shell can be filled after placement.

Silicone implants are filled with a medical-grade gel. This gel provides a more natural look and feel compared to saline implants. However, they need to be removed as soon as possible if a rupture is detected.

Who is an Ideal Candidate?

Anyone who is over the age of 18 and healthy is eligible for saline implants. However, for silicone implants, you’ll need to be 22 years or older, according to FDA regulations.

Things that make an ideal candidate also include:

  • Realistic expectations and fully informed breasts
  • Nonsmoking
  • A stable and healthy weight
  • Not breastfeeding or pregnant

What Should I Expect During the Procedure?

Breast augmentation is usually performed under general anesthesia, and Dr. MacLennan will discuss the risks and preparation steps during your consultation. Once the procedure is underway, Dr. MacLennan will make small, predetermined incisions (most commonly around the areolae, under the breast fold, or within the armpit) and create a pocket within the breast tissue. The implant can then be placed. Once the implant is in place, Dr. MacLennan will close up the incisions and prepare your breasts for recovery. Overall, the procedure takes between one to two hours and you can return home with a close friend or family member afterward.

What Are the Risks That Come with This Type of Procedure?

Just like any surgery, there are a few risks that come with this procedure. These include:

  • Pain and tenderness
  • Asymmetry
  • Infection
  • Cosmetic dissatisfaction
  • Implant leaks
  • Excessive scar tissue

Dr. MacLennan will make sure you understand the risks and know what warning signs to watch out for during your recovery period. By selecting an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon, you can remain healthy, safe, and risk-averse.

Schedule a Consultation

In summary, you should do as much research as possible when considering a breast augmentation procedure. There’s a lot to learn, but you don’t need to feel overwhelmed. Dr. MacLennan can help guide you through the decision-making process during a consultation. To schedule an appointment, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.