What Is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation, colloquially referred to as a “boob job,” is a cosmetic surgery designed to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. More formally known as Bilateral Breast Augmentation or Augmentation Mammoplasty, this surgical procedure primarily entails the insertion of implants behind the breast tissue or under the chest muscle to achieve the desired effect of fullness and symmetry.
Breast augmentation is not merely about size increase; it’s about restoring balance and enhancing body image. Women who experience changes in breast size and shape due to pregnancy, weight loss, or ageing, or those who naturally have asymmetrical or small breasts, often seek this procedure. It’s also a common reconstructive technique post-mastectomy for breast cancer survivors.
What Are The 2 Main Types of implants Used in Breast Augmentation?
When it comes to breast augmentation, there are two main types of implants commonly used: saline implants and silicone implants. Each type has its unique characteristics and considerations.
Saline Implants For Breast Augmentation: Benefits & Considerations
Saline implants are composed of a silicone shell filled with a sterile saline (saltwater) solution. These implants offer several advantages:
- Adjustable volume: One of the key benefits of saline implants is that their volume can be adjusted during surgery. This allows the surgeon to customize the size and symmetry of the breasts according to the patient’s preferences and anatomy.
- Rupture detection: Saline implants have the advantage of easy rupture detection. If a rupture occurs, the saline solution leaks out and is harmlessly absorbed by the body, resulting in noticeable changes in breast shape and size. This facilitates early detection and prompt treatment.
- Smaller incisions: Saline implants can be inserted through smaller incisions than silicone implants. This can lead to less scarring and faster recovery.
There are a few considerations to keep in mind with saline implants:
- Firmer feel: Saline implants tend to have a firmer feel than silicone implants. Some patients may prefer a softer and more natural texture.
- Potential for visible rippling: In some instances, particularly if a patient has thin breast tissue, saline implants may show rippling or wrinkling, which can be visible or palpable.
Silicone ImplantsFor Breast Augmentation: Benefits
Silicone implants comprise a silicone shell filled with a cohesive silicone gel. They are a popular choice for breast augmentation and offer several benefits:
- Natural look and feel: Silicone implants are known for mimicking the natural feel of breast tissue. The cohesive gel inside the implant provides a softer and more natural texture, which many patients find desirable.
- Reduced risk of rippling: Silicone implants have a lower chance of visible or palpable rippling than saline implants. This can be particularly advantageous for patients with thin breast tissue.
- Variety of shapes and sizes: Silicone implants come in various shapes and sizes, allowing for greater customization and better matching of the patient’s desired aesthetic goals.
Choosing to undergo breast augmentation is a significant decision, contingent upon personal goals, health status, and lifestyle. It is essential to have a thorough consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals, medical history, and personal preferences. The surgeon will provide guidance and help determine which type of implant is best suited to achieve the desired results based on your unique circumstances.
Bolster Your Self-Confidence With Breast Augmentation Today: Book A Consult
As with all surgical procedures, it’s crucial to discuss your options by contacting us and booking a consult with our specialist board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Deon Weyers to make an informed decision regarding breast augmentation. Breast augmentation offers the opportunity to reshape body contours and bolster self-confidence. However, it is essential to approach the procedure with realistic expectations and a comprehensive understanding of the surgical process and recovery. Your body, your decision – make it a thoroughly informed one.