Body image is a powerful thing. How you feel about your body will affect how you interact with other people and the world around you. If you feel self-conscious about the size and fullness of your breasts, you may want to consider breast augmentation.
Breast Augmentation Methods
Using breast implants, fat grafting, or a combination of both, Dr. Aycock can help you change the size, shape, fullness, and appearance of your breasts. This relatively short surgery can inspire a positive body image, self-confidence, and empowerment.
Implants are not measured in cups but in cubic centimeters of volume. Smaller implants tend to produce a more natural or subtle change while larger implants tend to produce a fuller and rounder appearance. Your preferences, goals, and physical anatomy will all be key factors in selecting the ideal implant size.
The filler material for breast implants is either silicone or saline. Silicone implants tend to feel softer to the touch and are less visible in thinner people. Saline implants can be placed through a smaller incision, and are also easier to notice when they are ruptured. Factors such as placement, scarring, body frame, and finances should all be considered before selecting your implant material.
There are three main techniques for breast implant insertion: inframammary, periareolar, and transaxillary. The inframammary incision is hidden underneath the breasts along the crease, and it can be used to insert any type of implant with the fewest risks. The periareolar incision is around the border of the areola so that scarring blends into the darker skin. This technique can be used for a more limited range of implant types. Finally, the transaxillary incision is in the underarm. While there will be no scarring on the breasts, only certain implant types and sizes can be placed through this incision.
Your breast implants can be placed either above or below the pectoral muscle. Below-the-muscle placement makes the implant less visible in thin patients and has a lower risk of capsular contracture, or a firm scar around the implant. Above-the-muscle placement has an easier recovery, and does not show movement when using the pectoralis muscle, however may have a greater chance of a more visible implant. Each location has certain pros and cons, so choosing the right location for you will depend on your body type, desired breast size and activity level.
Other Breast Augmentation Characteristics
Other implant characteristics are also important to consider for breast augmentation. For example, the profile of the implant determines how far it projects and how wide it is at the base. Your frame and natural breast position, as well as your desired size, should be considered when selecting your implant profile. Other factors include implant shape (round or teardrop) and surface texture (smooth or textured). Dr. Aycock will discuss all of these in detail with you and help you come to the best conclusions for your body frame, preferences, and aesthetic goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
Most women are good candidates for breast augmentation. If you are in good physical health, do not smoke, and are at a stable body weight, breast augmentation could be right for you. Breast augmentation is specifically designed to help women who would like to enhance their breast size and appearance. It may also be recommended to women whose breasts have become deflated due to pregnancy, nursing, or weight loss. Breast augmentation alone does not correct nipple position below the breast fold. In this case, a breast lift, or mastopexy, may also be recommended in combination with implants.
Is there an age limit for breast augmentation?
The FDA has approved silicone implants for women who are at least 22 years of age. Women who are at least 18 years of age can get FDA-approved saline breast implants.
Do breast implants look natural?
When properly selected for your body measurements, breast implants will look very natural. Implants that are overly large compared to your body will look less so. Careful selection of breast implants and surgical techniques can improve your breast contour in a way that looks beautiful and natural.
Are breast implants permanent?
Breast implants are long-lasting devices, especially modern gel implants devised with today’s advanced technology. They are designed to last for many years. However, if after breast augmentation you desire a change in implant size, or if you no longer want your implants, they can be removed. Most people who get breast implants will eventually need a second surgery to replace or revise their implants over the course of their lifetime.
How long is the recovery?
The recovery after breast augmentation is approximately one week before you can return to work and your typical daily activities. Dr. Aycock will monitor your condition and let you know when you are safe to resume full exercise and other activities.
How much scarring should I expect?
Breast augmentation will leave scars, but the location will depend on the technique performed. Inframammary scars are underneath the breasts along the crease, periareolar scars blend with the edge of the areolas, and transaxillary scars are hidden in the underarms. The degree of scarring is also affected by the implants: silicone implants and larger implants will require longer incisions for insertion than saline or smaller implants. In all cases, every effort is made to minimize scarring, and scars typically fade over time.
What are the risks of breast augmentation?
The risk of complications is present with any surgery, but risks are low in the hands of a skilled board-certified surgeon. Perhaps the greatest risk is dissatisfaction with your resulting breast size or appearance, but this risk is greatly minimized with careful consideration of all related factors before undergoing augmentation in the first place. Other risks are those that are common to all surgery such as bleeding, infection or anesthesia, and there are some related to implants, such as capsular contracture or a firm scar around the implant. Most of these risks are very infrequent and can be corrected with additional procedures. Dr. Aycock will discuss the risks and benefits of breast augmentation with you in detail to help you make an educated decision about breast augmentation.
Are breast implants safe?
Despite rumors about the safety of breast implants, these heavily-studied medical devices have been proven to be very safe. Decades of scientific research in countries around the world have confirmed that breast implants cause very few health problems for women. Dr. Aycock is happy to discuss the scientific information we have on implant safety so that you can make an informed choice.
"Each woman has a different ideal and her own individual anatomy. I listen to you and your body to find options for beautiful and natural results. "
- Joyce Aycock, MD