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Patrick W. Hsu M.D., F.A.C.S.
Kendall R. Roehl M.D., F.A.C.S.
Patrick W. Hsu M.D., F.A.C.S.
Kendall R. Roehl M.D., F.A.C.S.


Memorial Plastic Surgery (Clear Lake)

Breast Augmentation Is About Choice

Last Updated: October 30, 2014 | Author: MPS Group

Houstonian women like to have choices. Choices have a motivating influence on us. If we have the impulse to buy something, or go somewhere, or find something to do on a Saturday night, we like to have choices. The same attitude applies to cosmetic surgery, especially breast augmentation surgery, to be specific. Women like the fact that they can choose the type of implants used in an augmentation procedure. They like the fact that they can choose the size of their soon to be augmented breasts. Mainly they like the fact that they can choose to have any size and shape that they see fit. There are definitely several choices facing women who elect to have augmentation surgery.


Choices of implant type


There are two types of implants that are commonly used in breast enhancement surgery. These are saline implants and silicone implants. Both types have something in common; they are comprised of a shell, and material that fills the shell. Breast implant shells are generally made of silicone. Silicone implants are pre-filled with just what you expect, silicone. Saline implants are filled with a sterile saline solution. They can come pre-filled, or the surgeon can fill them during the procedure for greater control of the size. Silicone implants are becoming increasingly popular because they feel natural, just like actual breast tissue.

Choice of breast size


Probably the most pressing concern and choice for a woman considering a breast augmentation procedure is the resulting size.  On an average, women tend to increase their breast size by one or two cup sizes. However, some women opt for a more remarkable increase, with the result being very large breasts. It is a personal choice, and it depends on your goal and what you are comfortable with. Whatever size you may desire, the surgery is the same. Larger implants may require additional follow-up care, but for the most part, the procedure and recovery is the same regardless of the size you choose.


Choice of implant placement


Your breast augmentation surgeon will consult with you in depth about the placement of the implants, and what will be most suitable for you. The procedure requires the skin and tissue to be lifted and a pocket created under the nipple for the implant. Procedure times and recuperation periods are determined by the incision and placement type. There are two common placement methods, submuscular placement and subglandular placement. Submuscular placement provides a more natural look, especially in patients with smaller breasts. This surgery and subsequent recovery require more time. Subglandular placement puts the implant above the muscle, under the tissue.


Before your breast augmentation surgery, you will discuss every aspect of the surgery, including the points mentioned above, with your cosmetic surgeon. He or she will help you determine appropriate and realistic goals for the outcome. All of your options will be presented, and you will begin the process of making these choices.

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