Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure sought by women with smaller frames, and would like to achieve fuller breasts. An implant made of silicone or filled with saline is usually inserted in the breasts to achieve the look desired by the patient.


Breast augmentation presents several options in terms of implants to use on the patient. (Photo Credits)

Apart from petite women who would like to achieve larger breasts, breast augmentation procedures is sought for by women whose breasts may have sagged post-partum or after breastfeeding her children. Some women with already sizeable breasts may also opt for augmentation surgery to further balance the size of their chest with wider hips.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has comprehensively discussed breast augmentation in their official webpage. One of the areas they thoroughly mentioned are the types of implants that can be used in a breast augmentation surgery.

According to the ASPS, here are the implants that are usually used:

  1. Saline Breast Implants
  2. Structured Saline Breast Implants
  3. Gummy Bear Breast Implants
  4. Silicone Breast Implants
  5. Smooth Breast Implants
  6. Round Breast Implants
  7. Textured Breast Implants

The ASPS Also discussed the different types of incision that can be performed during the surgery. “Incision options include: along the areolar edge (peri-areolar incision), the fold under the breast (inframammary fold) and in the armpit (axillary incision). A belly-button approach is associated with a higher complication rate. Incisions vary based on the type of breast implant, degree of enlargement desired, your particular anatomy and patient-surgeon preference.” Check out the whole explanation here.

When considering a breast augmentation procedure, it is important that it is performed by a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. The facility should also have a hospital affiliation o should anything go wrong with the surgery, immediate care can be done in his affiliated medical institution. Moreover, this assures that the doctor is of good medical standing because hospitals are quite strict in accepting doctors who can practice in their hospital.