Breast augmentation is popular. In fact, it is the most popular of all cosmetic surgical procedures. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 290,000 women chose to have the procedure last year. The greatest concentration of those opting for breast augmentation tends to be in in the 20 to 39 year old range, although it is performed across most age groups.
Choosing to have breast augmentation surgery is obviously a big decision. And while we are all unique to a certain degree, and may have different expectations, there are several questions that women commonly ask when they are considering this procedure:
- How big? Many women express the desire to look as if there has been a change in the size of their breasts, without being “too big.” There is no universal answer to the question of what size is best, since it depends upon your body and your goals. You can make the choice easier by viewing before and after pictures.
- Silicone vs. Saline. Both are safe, although not all implants are the same. They differ in size, texture, and in the material used in the implant itself. The majority of women (over 70%) choose silicone. Rippling is much less common with silicone implants. On the other hand, the incision is often smaller when saline implants are used. You can discuss the pros and cons with your cosmetic surgeon.
- Incision site. The incision can be made in a number of different areas, and each choice has certain advantages. In addition, your choice of implant material, the placement of the implant, and other factors will affect which incision site is best in your case.
- Implant placement. Placement options include subfascial (under the connective tissue and above the pectoralis muscle); submuscular (partial and total); and subglandular (not usually recommended). Each of these options has its advantages and disadvantages. The choice can affect the overall look of your breasts, recovery time, certain risks associated with the surgery, and even how much mammography interference you will experience in the future.
Talk to your cosmetic surgeon about which breast augmentation procedure is right for you.