Since breast augmentation is the most widely performed cosmetic procedure in the world, much investment has been made to make it as safe and effective as possible. Within the last few years alone, there have been advancements in the type and texture of implants as well as surgical techniques that minimize scars, reduce risks, and shorten recovery time. Since many of the options present their own advantages and disadvantages, every procedure is customized to satisfy the patient’s concerns and aesthetic goals. Dr. Batra holds Black Diamond Status with Allergan, Inc., performing over 300 breast augmentations each year, and is more than familiar with the choices that will arrive at your ideal result. While you wait for your scheduled consultation, here is a quick breast augmentation decision-making guide.
What Are My Options?
Dr. Batra will help you decide on the breast augmentation options that will arrive at your ideal results. Since every patient has a unique set of desires, each procedure is completely customized.
Some of your options include:
- Implant type
- Implant projection
- Implant width
- Implant size
- Implant shape
- Implant placement
Saline vs. Silicone
Patients can choose between either saline implants, which can be filled with a sterile saline solution during surgery, or silicone gel implants, which are pre-filled with a cohesive silicone gel. Most women believe that silicone implants look and feel more natural than saline. Similar risks are associated with both types of implants, and they are both widely accepted as safe and effective options for breast augmentation. The implant size you desire and the incision location you choose may have an effect on whether silicone or saline will be your best choice.
Projection, Width, Size, and Shape
Implant projection can also be referred to as “implant profile” and refers to how far the breasts project from the body. Patients can also decide together with Dr. Batra on the width, size, and shape of implant that will provide them with the best results. Implants that are anatomically shaped, known as “teardrop” implants, can often provide a more natural-looking result than standard round implants.
Textured vs. Smooth
Textured implants are newer to the implant market and were created with a slightly rough surface to more readily adhere to the surrounding tissue. This keeps them securely in place within the implant pocket. Smooth implants typically cost less than textured but are equally as effective when the implant pocket is created correctly.
Breast implants can be placed either beneath the pectoral muscle or above it. Both options can provide a very natural-looking appearance and are acceptable for all implant types. The ideal option will depend on the patient’s chest width, amount of natural breast tissue, lifestyle, and preferences.
Dr. Batra will make the decision-making process as smooth and informative as possible as you relay your desires and concerns. Together, you and the doctor will arrive at the procedural steps that provide the breast augmentation results you desire.
For your consultation with Dr. Batra at our San Diego, Temecula, or Vista office, please call (858) 365-3558 or fill out our online contact form for more information.