Breast augmentation uses implants to increase breast size or to restore breast volume. Breast augmentation can improve the proportion of one’s figure, often enhancing self-esteem and self-confidence.
Concerns breast augmentation can address
- My breasts are too small.
- After having children (or losing weight) my breasts look deflated.
- I don’t like the shape of my breasts.
- Asymmetrical breasts
- My breasts don’t fill out the top of my bra.
- Silicone vs. saline - Each implant has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, but both are safe (FDA approved) and commonly used.
- Saline implants consist of an implant shell filled with a sterile saltwater solution similar to the fluid that makes up the human body. Saline implants are placed deflated, then inflated once they are inserted, allowing the surgeon to use a smaller incision and adjust the volume during the procedure.
- Silicone implants are filled with a cohesive gel that holds together uniformly and has a natural give. They are slightly softer than saline and thought by some to have a more natural feel. Because they have a set fill volume, the surgeon uses a slightly larger incision size. Silicone implants cost about $1,000 more than saline implants.
- To lift or not to lift? Severely drooping breasts are not corrected with breast augmentation. If you desire fuller, more lifted breasts, the surgeon will help you decide whether you need a lift in conjunction with breast augmentation.
- Mini lift vs. full lift – A mini-lift will correct slightly sagging nipples. A full lift is necessary to correct droopy breasts.