Many women are insecure about the size of their breasts. They find that their clothes don’t fit right and that they can’t fill out their bikinis or shirts. Luckily, breast augmentation with implants can help. Nearly two million women get breast-augmentation surgery every year, which is why it’s the second-most-common cosmetic surgery in the United States.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, is a way to increase breast size and projection using prosthetic implants. Breast augmentation and breast implant surgery are different terms for the same procedure and are often used interchangeably.

Is Breast Augmentation Right for Me?

Before getting a breast augmentation, it’s important to understand whether or not you’re getting this surgery for the right reasons. You should only get a breast augmentation for yourself, not for anyone else. If you are being pressured to get breast implants, take the time to think it out.

Talk with friends, family, and an experienced medical professional who can help you figure out if you’re mentally in the right place for this treatment. Remember that breast augmentation cannot resolve any emotional or mental issues.

Understanding the Breast-Augmentation Procedure

Make sure you know what you’re getting before you undertake any surgery. There are different types of materials used in breast implants that affect the feel and comfort of your results.

Saline implants are silicone shells filled with saltwater, or saline. The implants can come pre-filled or can be filled during the operation. Saline implants have an increased risk of rippling, and patients report they feel heavier than other implants.

Silicone implants are silicone shells pre-filled with silicone gel. They are reported to feel more like real breasts and are the more popular of the two.

The incision sites used can also make a difference. Post-surgical marks may be present, so you will need to familiarize yourself with the process as much as possible. If you’re planning on going topless a lot or wearing tank tops, these decisions matter. If you have small areolae, it can be difficult for the surgeon to make an incision, meaning it may be necessary to instead make an underarm incision.

It’s important to know your post-surgery plans beforehand. If you’re planning to adopt a weight-loss routine right after the procedure, it can affect the results. You must have a stable weight before you decide to come in for breast-augmentation surgery. Implants don’t affect lactation, but your results can also be affected if you become pregnant right after the procedure.

Are Breast Augmentations Safe for Me?

Breast augmentation is an FDA-approved process for patients who are in generally good health. Saline implants are available for candidates who are 18 years of age or older, while silicone implants are available for those who are 22 years of age or older.

A Consultation with Dr. Stagnone

Breast augmentation is a safe and reliable procedure that offers major benefits. If you seek out a skilled medical professional in your area who understands the art and science of breast augmentation, you have nothing more to worry about.

Consulting with Dr. Gregory Stagnone, a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon, is the best way to learn about whether or not breast augmentation will help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Contact our office to schedule your consultation today!