Breast Augmentation

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. 

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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.


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Size


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.

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Material


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.

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Incisions


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.

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Placement


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.


Breast Augmentation 
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"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

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