Breast Augmentation Basics
If you’re considering plastic surgery to enhance or enlarge your breasts, you have many options to best suit your needs and cosmetic goals. Our main goal is to provide you with the look and feel that you want to improve your self-image and self-confidence! The breast augmentation procedure from Dr. Rast will be highly personalized to your goals, your health, and anything else that you need.
Breast augmentation can:
- Enhance or enlarge breasts one or more cup sizes.
- Reshape breasts, creating a natural and attractive looking bust
- Counteract breast volume reduction post-pregnancy or weight loss
- Balance a difference in breast sizes
Common Types of Breast Implants
Saline Breast Implants
Saline implants provide a very uniform shape and feel and are filled with sterile salt water, making them extremely safe if the implant breaks. The implant will collapse inside the body and the saline absorbed naturally. Implants are inserted, then filled with saline after insertion. Saline breast implants are FDA-approved for augmentation in women age 18+.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel, which most women agree feel much more similar to natural breast tissue than the saline option. Silicone implants are also FDA approved for women aged 22+.
Learn more about the differences between Saline and Silicone from the Mayo Clinic.
Breast Augmentation Incision Areas
There are three possible incision sites for most breast augmentation procedures. These incision sites are be chosen based on risk, overall patient health, and personal choice.
Periareolar – This incision is around the nipple, which is the most concealed place for the incision. While it is the most concealed, it does have more risks related to future breastfeeding, breast changes, and sensation in the nipples.
Inframmary – This option is within the breast fold and is the most common option because there are fewer risks, although it is more visible that the periareolar option.
Axillary – This under the arm incision is also common because it carries fewer risks to breastfeeding and nipple sensation, but it is the most visible incision area.
If you have questions about the breast augmentation basics, or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rast, contact us online or call (913) 451-3722.