Breast augmentation with implants is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves the placement of breast implants to increase the size and improve the shape of the breasts. The advantages of this procedure include increased breast size and improved appearance, a more balanced and proportionate figure, and enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem.
If you are considering breast augmentation with implants, it is important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience performing this type of procedure. He or she will be able to answer any questions you may have and help you determine if breast augmentation surgery with implants is right for you.
Subpectoral augmentation or inframammary fold:
This technique involves the insertion of the implant under the pectoral muscle. This approach can reduce the incidence of capsular contracture, a condition that can occur when scar tissue forms around the implant, causing the breast to feel hard and uncomfortable. It can also help to camouflage the implant, making it less visible. It is recommended for mothers or older patients as it is less likely to cause ptosis, or sagging of the breasts.
This technique involves the placement of the implants through an incision made in the armpit or axilla. The main advantage of this procedure is that it leaves no visible scars on the breasts. It is recommended for patients who do not want to have any visible scarring from the procedure.
Subglandular augmentation or periareolar:
This technique involves the placement of the implant above the pectoral muscle and below the breast tissue. This approach may increase the risk of capsular contracture and is not recommended for older patients or mothers. It is also less effective in camouflaging the implant. It is recommended for women with small breasts and minimal sagging.
What are the types of implants used in the procedure?
Saline breast implants:
Saline implants are implants that are filled with a sterile saline solution. They are implanted when empty and then filled with the saline solution after they are in place. This type of implant can be filled with more or less saline, depending on the patient's desired results.
Silicone breast implants:
Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel and feel more like natural breast tissue. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes and can be either smooth or textured.
Structured saline breast implants:
Structured saline breast implants are also filled with saline, but they have an internal structure that helps to keep their shape. These implants are less likely to ripple or deform than other types of saline implants.
Smooth breast implants:
Smooth breast implants have a smooth surface. These implants make the breast appear more normal than the other implants.
Round breast implants:
Round breast implants are round in shape and the most common type of implant. They come in a variety of sizes. They do not change the look of the breast as much as other types of implants.
Form-stable breast implants:
Form-stable implants are also called gummy bear implants. These implants are made of silicone gel and have a more cohesive gel that holds its shape. It requires a medical procedure to insert and remove form-stable implants.
Textured breast implants:
Textured breast implants have a rough surface that helps to keep them in place. These implants are less likely to move around or ripple than other implants.
Some of the condition where breast augmentation with implant procedure is recommended are as follows: