When you look at your figure, you are happy with what you see for the most part. Your weight is in a healthy range. You have a nice backside and a waistline that gives you curves. There is one area that is a disappointment to you. You don’t feel like your bust is as attractive as it can be. You believe in the philosophy that more is better when it comes to your bust. You’ve tried wearing clothing and padded bras to create the illusion of voluptuous breasts. You feel like you look good, but those results are temporary. As soon as you get undressed, you’re back to where you began. No exercise program is going to give you a larger bust. You’ve thought about it long and hard. You’re ready to talk to a plastic surgeon about breast augmentation. Before you go ahead with the procedure, you have one concern. You want to make sure you choose the safest route to go.
Which Type of Implants are Best?
It all depends. Recent studies have found that saline and silicone breast implants don’t have a noticeable difference when it comes to what is safer. That doesn’t mean there aren’t disadvantages and advantages to each type of implant. It’s best to have a good understanding of each type of implant before you make your final decision.
Ruptures are a More Serious Concern with Silicone Implants
Ruptures can occur on occasion with either type of implant. If you have saline implants and a rupture occurs, your body will naturally absorb the saline solution. You’ll also notice the difference in size of the affected breast right away. If you have silicone implants and there is a leak, the silicone will not be eliminated from your body. It will collect in one area or it may end up in your lymph nodes. You also may not notice the change in your breasts if the leak is small. You’ll need to have regular MRIs every two or three years after you get your implants to make sure your silicone implants haven’t ruptured.
You May Be Happier with Your Results with Silicone Implants
If you talk to experts and other women who have had silicone implants, they’ll tell you this type of implant looks and feels natural. Women who go with saline may not be as satisfied with their results. Our surgeon can give you the opportunity to feel a silicone implant and a saline implant to get an impression of what it will be like after breast augmentation.
You Have More Flexibility with Saline Implants
When you choose saline implants, you will benefit from more flexibility. Our surgeon will add the saline solution after the implants are inserted in your breasts. You may also have a faster recovery. Our surgeon will work with you to make sure you are happy with the size of your breasts. If you feel like you want more volume, it’s a simple procedure to add more saline. If you aren’t happy with a larger size, our surgeon can remove saline. If you go with silicone, you’ll need to have your implants removed and swapped if you are not happy with the results after your initial surgery.
Consider Your Eligibility
You need to wait until you are at least 18 because your breasts are changing until that point. Once you reach the milestone of 22, you can get silicone implants if that is your preference. If breast reconstruction is a concern after a mastectomy, you can have either kind of implant. Your age won’t be a factor. You should consider other factors that could determine if breast augmentation is right for you. If you are pregnant, you will need to wait until after the birth of your baby. The same holds true if you are nursing. If you are on a weight loss plan, you should get to your goal weight to get a good impression of what your breast size will be before you consider increasing the size of your bust.
What are the Risks that Come with Breast Augmentation?
While there may not be more risk associated with one type of breast implant over another, you still need to recognize potential risks that come with any type of implant. Breast implants are going to deteriorate over time. It won’t matter which kind you choose. There is no proven timetable for how long your breast implants will be in good shape. As a rule of thumb, you can anticipate a need to change your implants after a decade. However, it all depends. As you consider getting implants, you need to think about what will happen in the long run. If you feel ten years is a reasonable amount of time to make this investment, you can move forward. At the end of that time, you can decide if you want to get more implants or if you feel like going back to your natural bust size.
Understand That Your Breasts are Going to Change Over Time
Whether you choose saline or silicone implants, your breasts are going to change through the years. Fluctuations in weight will affect your bust size. You may see it get smaller or increase depending on what happens with your overall body size. Aging is going to have an impact on the shape and position of your breasts as well. As you go through menopause, hormonal changes will affect your breasts. Your collagen production will go down. This means your skin will be less elastic. This will make it harder to keep your breasts in a youthful position. Gravity is going to work against you as well. You may feel that a breast lift is in order at some point to raise your bust. That will be a good time to make any changes with your implants as well.
Take Your Time to Figure Out What Kind of Results You Want
If you are going to go ahead with breast augmentation, you want to make sure you will be happy with your results. To help you make this decision, look at before and after photos of other women who chose breast augmentation. Research reviews about the different types of breast implants. Ask our plastic surgeon about wearing gel implants to help you see what you will look like when you choose one cup size over another.
Make Sure Breast Augmentation Surgery is Safe for You
Our surgeon is going to look at your overall health and medical history to determine if you are in good enough condition to have surgery. If you have a medical condition, surgery may put you at risk. Any type of infections will need to be addressed before surgery. You should be cancer-free. Smoking could be a strike against you because it increases the risk of complications. Our surgeon will be able to advise you if you are a good candidate during a consultation.
Make Sure You are Doing This for the Right Reasons
If you are considering breast augmentation, you should be doing this for your satisfaction. Don’t jump into cosmetic surgery because you feel pressure from someone else. Otherwise, you may end up unhappy with your results. If you have always felt that your breasts are too small or your bust has lost volume, breast implants can help you to improve your figure. Only you can decide what is right for you.
Understand What is Involved After the Procedure
Many women focus on the final results from breast augmentation. They don’t think about the recovery. You are going to need weeks to heal after you get implants. You’ll have to hold off from any strenuous activities or heavy lifting for a set amount of time. If you are a fitness fanatic, you’ll need to accept that it will be time for a break. Otherwise, you could injure yourself and prolong your recovery. You will need to take care of your treatment areas. Plan on taking some time off from work. You’ll have to listen to your body and the advice of our surgeon. You may need more time. If your employer isn’t flexible about time off, this might not be the procedure for you.
You Can Do More Than Increase Breast Size
Many women choose implants if their breasts are not symmetrical. This is a common occurrence, as most women have one breast that is larger than the other. For some, this difference isn’t all that noticeable, but for others, it can be a great cause of embarrassment. Breast augmentation can be used to even out the size of the breasts. In these cases, one implant may be used to bring the smaller breast up to the size of the larger one and restore balance.
Learn More About Breast Implants from Our Plastic Surgeon
Our plastic surgeon at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about breast implants. Make an appointment at our office to get started. Our surgeon will assess you and go over all of your options, helping you to find the best fit for you. If our surgeon approves and you are confident about breast augmentation, you can schedule your procedure at a time that works for you.
Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery is conveniently located in Santa Rosa and proudly serves clients throughout Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for breast augmentation!