Breast augmentation can help women feel sexier, more confident and more feminine in their own bodies. If you’re considering what breast enhancement can do for you, it’s likely that you have some questions about the details of the procedure and results. Here, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lee B. Daniel responds to some of his patients’ most frequently asked questions about breast augmentation at his Eugene, Oregon practice.
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Breast enlargement is one of the most commonly performed elective surgeries, and candidates can be women of a wide range of ages, lifestyles and body types. The best breast augmentation candidate is a woman in good overall physical and mental health with realistic expectations about her results. Many women who get breast implants are naturally small-breasted, while others may have lost breast volume due to pregnancy or nursing, weight fluctuations and age. If you’re concerned about breast sagging, you can combine breast augmentation with a breast lift to create a fuller, perkier profile.
Both saline and silicone breast implants can create beautiful results in the right patients. The best implant type for you depends upon a variety of factors, such as your goal appearance, your existing breast volume and any additional needs or preferences you may have. Most women who get breast augmentation prefer silicone implants because they have a slightly more natural feel. However, saline implants are also highly sought after, especially by women who desire more fullness on top for a more dramatic profile. The best way to determine the right implant for you is to consult with your surgeon.
Deciding on the best breast implant size for your goal appearance is best done with the help of your plastic surgeon. Bring photos of women with your ideal breast size in to your consultation so that your surgeon can develop an informed idea of your desired outcome. Keep in mind that cup size is subjective and inconsistent, so photos of your goal breast appearance are more helpful to your surgeon than describing your ideal cup size. The best results are seen in women who strive for a breast size that is proportional to their figures.
Dr. Daniel is careful to make incisions in the most discreet locations possible and to keep incision size to a minimum. However, as with any surgery, some scarring is inevitable. There are three common incisions used in breast augmentation surgery. The first is placed in the inframammary fold, the natural crease below the breast. This incision allows your surgeon ideal access to the breast pocket. Another incision option traces around the areola. This incision often heals to a point of being hardly detectable, since it’s camouflaged within the pigmented skin of the areola. The third incision is placed in the armpit, allowing for a scar-free breast surface.
You should notice a change in your breast size immediately following your surgery. However, you will have post-surgical swelling and bruising for the first several weeks. Breast implants also take some time to settle into their appropriate position. This is because the surrounding tissue, muscle and skin need to slowly stretch to accommodate the new implant. The entire process of implant settling can take several months. You should be able to enjoy your final breast augmentation results by about six months after your surgery.