Sometimes, it can seem as if the battle to look and feel your best is less like a series of skirmishes and more like a never-ending war against nature. Heredity and the march of time should not consign you to a life of unhappiness with your figure. If genetics, breastfeeding, or simple aging have left you with sagging, deflated, or otherwise unattractive breasts that negatively impact your body image and your self-esteem, it may be time to consider an upgrade.
Breast implants offer a solution for women unhappy with the size, shape, and/or fullness of their breasts, and they can help to correct issues like sagging or uneven breasts, or aid in reconstruction following a mastectomy. That said, you will have to choose the right options for your frame and your personal goals. The best way to get a clear idea of what will best suit your needs is to consult with a qualified and experienced professional. Your plastic surgeon can inform and advise you so that you can make the best choice for your body.
There are two main types of breast implants to consider: saline or silicone gel. Both start with silicone shells, but the former is filled with saline (sterile salt water), while the latter is filled with a silicone gel. What’s the difference?
For one thing, silicone gel has greater viscosity, which some people say makes silicone implants feel more like natural breast tissue. On the other hand, saline can be harmlessly absorbed by the body should a rupture occur, so saline implants may be considered the safer option.
Both types of implants are generally expected to last at least ten years, although many last significantly longer. It’s best to discuss the potential pros and cons of each type of breast implant with your plastic surgeon before making a decision.
Sizing for Your Stature
Breast implants are not a one-size-fits-all proposition – sizing is a very personal choice. You may want larger breasts than you currently have, or you might just want to return your breasts to their former position and fullness after breastfeeding, mastectomy, or the simple outcome of aging and gravity.
One thing you should certainly consider is how the size of implant you choose will suit your body, and this relates not only to your frame and stature, but also factors like the dimensions of your breasts, the relative laxity of your skin, and so on. Your plastic surgeon can explain these factors to help you come to an informed decision about sizing.
Discussing Options with Your Doctor
The most important part of the implant process is the consultation you have with your plastic surgeon. This discussion allows you to gather information and understand what is possible and what to expect. As much as possible, your doctor will attempt to help you reach your goals for appearance and sizing, but it’s important to go into the process with realistic expectations, and understand that plastic surgeons sometimes have to make calls during surgery to ensure the best possible outcome in terms of fit and appearance.
If you’re interested in the potential benefits of breast augmentation, contact Dr. Beverly Fischer and the talented team at the Advanced Center for Plastic Surgery today at 410-308-4700 or online to schedule a consultation.