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How do I choose the right breast implant size?
Choosing the right breast implant size is a crucial part of the breast augmentation process. It is important to consider your body proportions, existing breast tissue, lifestyle, and personal preferences. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will assess your anatomy, discuss your goals, and provide guidance to help you select an implant size that is appropriate and will achieve a balanced and natural-looking result.
What are the different types of breast implants available?
There are different types of breast implants available, including saline implants, silicone implants, and cohesive gel implants (also known as gummy bear implants). Saline implants are filled with a sterile saline solution, while silicone implants are filled with silicone gel. Cohesive gel implants have a thicker gel consistency that maintains its shape even if the implant shell is damaged. Each type has its advantages and considerations, and your plastic surgeon will help you choose the best option based on your goals and individual circumstances.
Are breast implants safe and long-lasting?
Breast implants have been extensively studied and are considered safe. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with breast augmentation. These can include infection, implant rupture, capsular contracture, and changes in nipple or breast sensation. It is important to choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon and follow all pre- and post-operative instructions to minimize these risks. Breast implants are long-lasting, but they are not considered lifetime devices. Over time, some individuals may require implant replacement or revision due to changes in breast shape or implant integrity.
What can I expect during the breast augmentation procedure?
The breast augmentation procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make incisions in inconspicuous locations, such as around the areola, in the breast crease, or in the armpit, to create a pocket for the implants. The implants will then be carefully placed either under the breast tissue (subglandular) or beneath the chest muscles (submuscular). After the implants are in place, the incisions will be closed with sutures, and dressings or surgical tape will be applied to support the breasts during the healing process.