According to statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation remains the cosmetic surgical procedure most performed as of 2013, and the demand still continues to rise. At Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C., our board certified plastic surgeons carefully consult with each patient in order to make sure goals and realistic expectations are fully explained and the patient understands all of the necessary information. By explaining the available options we can allow the patient to make a fully informed choice about their breast enhancement procedure.
When choosing a breast implant size, it is important to consider the patient’s body frame, including shoulder width, height and weight and even their original breast size in order to make sure the final result appears balanced and natural. The decision of whether to choose silicone or saline implants has remained an important matter of personal preference among our patients as implants are available in many different shapes, sizes, and textures. Recently, the introduction of the newest FDA-approved highly-cohesive silicone gel implants (gummy bear) has added yet another viable option to the list. Saline and silicone implants are elastomer shells filled with either sterile saline solution or silicone gel, but gummy bear implants are textured form-stable implants made of a more cohesive form of silicone that will not leak if a rupture occurs.
Implant placement and area of incision depend on various factors including the type of implant that is used. Our board-certified surgeons make small incisions for optimal implant insertion. Saline breast implants can be inserted deflated and filled with a sterile saline solution during surgery while silicone implants are pre-filled prior to being inserted into the breast cavity. There are many different ways to place breast implants during breast augmentation: in the most common technique, an incision is made on the underside of your breast, in the natural skin fold, before placing the implant. The implant may be also placed through a cut under the patient’s arm using an endoscope (a tool with a camera and surgical instruments at the end). Our surgeons may alternately make a cut around the edge of the areola (the darkened area around the nipple). The implant would then be placed through this opening. Finally a saline implant may be placed through a cut near the belly button using an endoscope to move the implant up to the breast area. Once in place, the implant would then be filled with saline. Breast implants may be placed either directly behind the breast tissue (subglandular) or behind the outer layer of chest wall muscles (submuscular).
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