The Basics of Breast Augmentation

There are many things that we as individuals may be uncomfortable with or unhappy with regarding our bodies. We now live in a day and age where we can change things about our bodies to better suit our ideals of beauty and perfection. Breast augmentation is one of the most common plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures that people across the country have done. Knowing the basics of this procedure can help you to determine if a breast augmentation is right for you.

What is a Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation can be a number of different things. It can involve moving fat from other areas of the body to the breasts, changing the shape and size of the breast, or adding implants to change the size of your breast. An augmentation is basically making your breast larger or changing their overall shape. Augmentation is not breast reduction or lift, but both of these procedures can be performed at the same time as your augmentation.

What Options do I Have?

When it comes to augmentation there are two different ways that the breasts can be enlarged, the first is to move fat from other areas of the body to the breasts. This typically involves liposuction of one area of the body then the fat is injected into the breast to increase the size of the breast. The fat then stays in the breasts and makes them larger. This is a less invasive procedure than implants and can have a similar, less dramatic result.

Another option is a breast implant. With this procedure, the breast is opened up and the implant that you and your surgeon chose is then inserted. There are tons of different types of breast implant. The first, and possibly most common type of breast implant, is the saline implant. These are implants that are filled with sterile salt water and that are safe if they rupture as the body will just absorb the saline. There are also structured saline implants that contain an inner structure to help make the implant feel more natural.

You can also opt for silicone implants that are filled with silicone gel, form stable implants like the gummy bear implant that are harder and do not lose shape, or round implants that change not only the size, but the shape of the breast as well. There are also smooth breast implants that are soft and give natural movement as well as textured implants that cause scar tissue to affix the implant inside the breast pocket and prevent movement.

No matter what type of implant you think you may want, it is always best to get a consultation and to take the time to find out what implant is going to work best for you and for your particular breast.

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