You have thought about it for a long time and today you tell yourself, “I want a breast augmentation.”
Now you have questions….
What type and shape of implant do I want?
How big should I go? What is a realistic size for my body type?
Do I need a lift?
These are some of the most common questions I get during a consultation. There are a lot of implant options to choose from today. There are saline filled and silicone filled implants of differing shapes and sizes. Some implants have a modest project and very natural looking while others are not so modest. There is an implant available to meet your personality. Lets run through highlights of each of these questions.
Saline or Silicone?
There is no difference in appearance between saline and silicone. The main difference is feel. Silicone implants have a more natural feel and this is the number one two and three reason to get silicone implants. The saline filled implants are a little more firm than silicone and if you have firm breast this would not be a real different. Next, The incision can be made smaller for the saline implant because they are filled after they are placed during surgery. Next, Heaven forbid the implants rupture but if they do a saline implant most likely can be changed out in the office where as a silicone implant would need to be changed in the operating room. Cost can also plays a role. Silicone implants are more expensive. There are other differences but these are then main questions asked.
Size and type, realistic for my body?
This is very much personal choice. A patient’s body type does affect the size and shape of the implant desired. What size implant works for your friend may not be a good fit for you. You will be asked a series of questions, shown diagrams, and be asked to try on several different sizes of implants during a consultation. This is a very fun appointment trying on the implants and at the end of this appointment most women have a good idea what they want.
Lift or no lift?
Life happens and Kids happen. This question is usually asked if the patient has lost volume due to weight loss or after pregnancy with breast feeding. Sometimes a lift can be avoided if the size of the implant desired is large enough. A larger implant will fill the breast and avoid having to tighten the skin. Sometimes a lift is unavoidable. During your exam this question will be answered.
To schedule a consultation for yourself, please call our office at (616) 994-2770.