What Breast Shape Options Are Available for Breast Augmentation Patients?
If you are considering undergoing breast augmentation, you’ll want to think about size and shape. The surgical procedure enlarges breasts to create a fuller appearance by using either implants or fat grafting.
The first step in choosing a breast size is to schedule an appointment at Andre Marshall Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andre Marshall will discuss your goals and any concerns that you might have about the procedure. He will outline your options and help customize a treatment plan that focuses on meeting your goals.
Breast augmentation shape
If you decide to undergo implant surgery, you’ll have the option of choosing between two shapes: round or teardrop. Round implants are popular because they resemble the natural shape of breasts. Teardrop-shaped breast implants are often ideal for women who have undergone a mastectomy or lumpectomy.
Round implants are either textured or smooth, but teardrop implants are always textured. The textured implants were designed to prevent contracture, but smooth implants create a more natural feel.
The filler in breast implants
You can choose from implants filled with saline or silicone gel. Both types of filler are popular. Modern silicone breast implants have the consistency of jello to help prevent leakage. The saline solution found in implants is biodegradable, and if a leak should occur, the body will naturally absorb the solution with no adverse effects. However, silicone is not biodegradable. It is recommended that if you have silicone implants, you undergo an occasional MRI to ensure that the solution is not leaking. When picking between saline or silicone implants, one thing to consider is that silicone feels more natural than saline.
Placement of breast implants
Implants are placed either behind the breast tissue (subglandular) or behind the chest muscles (submuscular). In most cases, the augmentation is carried out behind the chest muscles because it is believed to reduce scar tissue contracture and also ensures easier mammography to detect possible breast abnormalities or malignancies. If you are thin, then submuscular placement can provide the best results. Women who want to dramatically enlarge their breasts also often opt to have a submuscular placement. Sagging breasts often benefit from subglandular placement.
What is the surgical procedure for breast augmentation?
Dr. Marshall will meet with you at Andre Marshall Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA to discuss your breast augmentation surgery. Prior to the surgery, you should be at healthy body weight. You’ll undergo general anesthesia. Dr. Marshall will make an incision and then place the implant into the pocket while securing it into the proper positions with sutures or skin adhesives.
Following the procedure, you’ll need to wear a recovery compression bra to control and reduce the swelling. It will take several days for the bruising and swelling to ease as the implants settle into place. Some patients can return to normal activities in a week, but you should avoid any strenuous activities or exercise for 6 – 8 weeks.
Schedule a consultation for breast augmentation today
If you want to learn more about breast augmentation and your breast shape choices, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Andre Marshall at Andre Marshall Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Marshall will discuss your options and what you can expect from breast augmentation while listening to your goals. We encourage you to reach out today to schedule the consultation.