Breast augmentation is performed one of two ways: using the patient’s own fat or using implants designed for the breast area.
Wish your breasts were rounder, fuller, and shapelier?
Long for an hourglass figure or more voluptuous curves?
Look in the mirror and think your breasts look too flat, small, or disproportionate compared to the rest of your figure?
Feel that pregnancy, weight loss, or age has taken a toll on the youthful appearance of your breasts?
Breast augmentation surgery is the most popular plastic surgery procedure in America, with over 300,000 performed every year. The goal of breast augmentation is to enhance the size and shape of breasts through fat injections or the insertion of implants. Women choose to undergo breast augmentation surgery to improve their breast size, their breast shape, or asymmetry of their breasts. Many women find that their rounder, fuller breasts enhance their appearance, allow clothes to fit better, and give them the confidence they’ve been looking for.
Fat injections increase breast volume by injecting purified fat cells from problem areas of the body into the breasts. The fat cells can be harvested through liposuction of the thighs, abdomen, or hips.
Creates a trimmer physique by removing fat from problem areas
Uses 100 percent natural material, lowering the risk of an allergic reaction
Provides more natural looking and feeling breasts
Fat injections aren’t right for everyone. This treatment is best for women who desire a subtle increase in breast size. Candidates for fat
It is not uncommon for patients to need more than one fat injection treatment to achieve their breast enhancement goals.
Implants are made of either saline or silicone and are placed into a pocket made under the breast. Implants are ideal for women who wish to drastically change the size or shape of their breasts.
Saline implants are made by filling the implant with sterile saltwater. A saline implant provides uniform shape and firmness. It is FDA approved for women ages 18 and over.
Silicone implants are made from silicone gel. This gel feels similar to natural breast tissue and may be round or anatomically shaped. It is FDA approved for women ages 22 and over.
Textured implants have a rough surface that helps shaped implants hold their position in the pocket and helps limit the amount of scar tissue formed.
Implant placement ultimately depends on the build of each patient.
- Submuscular placement is under the pectoral muscle. This allows the tissue to hide the transition of the implant’s edge at the breast.
- Subglandular placement is over the pectoral muscle but under the breast tissue. This can help project the breast more directly to help correct sagging.
Incision locations include the inframammary crease (where the breast’s lower edge meets the chest), the periareolar (hidden along the outside of the areola), and the transaxillary (within the armpit).
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