An Overview of the 3 Most Common Breast Augmentation Procedures
A breast augmentation could be any number of plastic surgery procedures designed to improve the fullness, shape, or projection of your breasts. Women who are unhappy with their breasts—whether due to genetics, childbirth and breastfeeding, weight loss or gain, illness, or any other reason—are ideal candidates for a breast augmentation.
If the above describes you and you want to improve the look and feel of your breasts, you may want to start researching different options or contact a surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation to learn more. Here is a brief overview of the three most common breast augmentation procedures to help you get a better idea of what to expect.
With more than 200,000 procedures performed each year for the past two decades (according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons), breast implants are consistently the most popular form of breast augmentation in the United States. Not to mention, they’re also the most popular form of plastic surgery, period.
Breast implants are effective for women who are unhappy with the fullness of their breasts or women with two different sizes of breasts (whether because of genetics or a mastectomy). Implants can vary in three particular areas: material, insertion method, and placement.
Breast Implant Material
Today, breast implants are typically either made out of silicone or saline. Silicone implants are available for women ages 22 and older and mimic the feel of natural breast tissue. Saline implants are available for women ages 18 and older and are made from sterile salt water.
Breast Implant Insertion Method
Depending on your body, the implant type and size, and your and your surgeon’s preferences, your breast implants could be inserted one of three ways. These include through a cut under the breasts, underneath the arms, or around the nipples.
Breast Implant Placement
Breast implant techniques have evolved in many ways over the years. Today, your breast implants can be placed either behind the breast tissue but in front of the pectoral muscle (subglandular placement) or behind the pectoral muscle (submuscular placement). Your breast surgeon can help you decide on the right placement for your body.
Though size is one of the most frequent complaints in regards to breasts, another complaint is sagging or unshapely breasts. Age, childbirth, breastfeeding, and genetic factors can all make your breasts susceptible to sagging. Fortunately, you can fight back against gravity and enjoy perky breasts once again through a breast lift procedure.
Today, there are a variety of techniques available using different types or shapes of incision. The one used by your breast surgeon will depend largely on your body type and the degree of sagging.
Because lifting the breasts can give the illusion of larger breasts, a breast lift may be performed as a standalone procedure or in addition to breast implants. This will depend on your overall goals for your breasts and your doctor’s recommendation.
Breast Augmentation Through Fat Transfer
A relatively new and minimally-invasive procedure, natural fat transfer, allows women to fill and contour their breasts in the most natural way possible. Fat transfer is for the woman who wants to enhance her breasts and who also has excess fat elsewhere on her body.
If this applies to you, your doctor would use a procedure like Aqualipo Liposuction—a revolutionary form of water-based liposuction—to gently remove fat from your problem areas. This excess fat gets moved through a machine that ensures its quality and keeps it safe from contaminants. Then, the fat can be inserted directly into your breasts to fill and shape them to your liking.
When compared to breast implants, this method appeals to women who don’t want to introduce foreign objects into their bodies, women who are looking for a quicker recovery time, and those who are hesitant about going under the knife. Whether you’re interested in a breast augmentation with implants, a breast lift, or fat transfer, your first step to making your breasts look beautiful and improve your self-confidence is scheduling a consultation with your plastic surgeon.