Plastic surgery continues to gain popularity, and this is particularly true of breast augmentation. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation was the top surgical procedure in 2017.
In this blog post, Greenwich plastic surgeon and breast augmentation specialist Dr. Sandra Margoles discusses important things every patient should know about the procedure.
Your Breast Implant Choices
Breast implants are filled with either saline or silicone gel. Both have been shown to be absolutely safe, but many women prefer silicone because it has a feel that more closely resembles natural fat and breast tissue. Breast implants can be round or teardrop (i.e., anatomically correct) shaped. Different factors should be considered when choosing the type, size and shape of your implants, including the amount of existing breast tissue present, skin elasticity and your personal preferences.
Some Scarring Is to be Expected
All procedures that require making incisions into the skin will produce scarring. The good news is that advanced incision techniques and good post-op scar care can significantly reduce the appearance of scars. The placement of incisions is also important; most surgeons make incisions in inconspicuous locations (e.g., in the natural breast crease line) to minimize the appearance of post-op scarring.
Fat Grafting Can Produce Subtle, Natural-looking Results
Are you looking for a modest increase in breast size? Breast augmentation with fat grafting is a less-invasive breast augmentation method that involves removing unwanted fat from one body area and injecting it into the breasts. With fat grafting, no incisions will be made on the breasts, so patients can enjoy fuller breasts without scarring. That being said, Dr. Margoles will need to make several small incisions in the area from which the donor fat will be taken. The surgeon can discuss the pros and cons of fat grafting and implants during your initial consultation.
Breast Augmentation Alone Does Not Address Breast Sag
While breast augmentation with implants does provide a subtle lift, women with significant breast ptosis (sag) should not expect dramatic results. In fact, implants can sometimes accentuate saggy, droopy breasts. The best way to achieve perky and youthful breasts is through breast lift. If you desire fuller and perkier breasts, a breast augmentation with lift combination procedure may be the best option.
To learn more about breast augmentation, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Margoles. Contact her Greenwich practice by calling (203) 869-2939 or emailing us today.