Breast augmentation is just one of the breast enhancement options available to you. If you’re not happy with the shape or size of your breasts, then there are procedures that can help.
Did you know that there were almost two million breast augmentation procedures performed worldwide in 2018? This made it the most common surgical procedure performed by plastic surgeons.
Want to learn more about some of your breast enhancement options?
Read on as we take a closer look at the most common procedures.
1. Breast Augmentation
As we already learned at the start of this article, breast augmentation is by far the most popular of all the options for breast enhancement. Indeed, it’s one of the most common plastic surgery procedures periods.
It’s not difficult to understand why. If we’re not happy with our bodies, it can have a serious impact on our self-confidence. Conversely, if we feel proud of our bodies, our self-confidence goes through the roof.
Self-confidence isn’t the only reason why many women choose to have breast augmentations. There are many other reasons for having this procedure. These include:
- Having one breast larger than the other
- Weight loss impacting the size of your breasts
- A change in your breasts after pregnancy
- Disproportionately small breasts
- Having had a mastectomy
- Correcting problems from previous breast surgery
As you can imagine for such a popular procedure, there are many different methods of breast augmentation. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common options.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are filled with sterile saltwater.
This makes them a safe option; if the implant were to rupture, the saltwater would be absorbed by your body without any ill effects. Saline breast implants are firmer than some of the other options, so can look a little rounder in shape and feel a little less natural.
Some saline implants are pre-filled and others are filled during the procedure. By filling during the procedure, it’s possible to adjust the implants to the ideal size for the patient.
Structured Saline Breast Implants
Structured saline breast implants also use sterile salt water, but have an internal structure that can help the implant to feel a little more natural.
These are a great option for people who want the best of both worlds.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants were the first type of implants to be used in breast augmentation surgery.
They are filled with silicone gel, which gives the implants a more natural look and feel when compared with saline implants. If the implants rupture, the silicone can leak out, which can cause issues. You may need occasional checkups to ensure that your implants are functioning as expected.
Form-Stable Breast Implants
Form-stable breast implants are more commonly known by their nickname: gummy bear implants.
As the name suggests, these are silicone implants that use a firmer gel that is more similar to the consistency of a gummy bear. This means that this type of implant will hold its shape better over time and will be less prone to suffering the effects of gravity. It also means that should the implant rupture, the silicone won’t leak out and cause issues.
Since these implants are firmer and less pliable, larger incisions are required when inserting the implants.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Fat transfer breast augmentation doesn’t use artificial implants; instead, fat is removed from other parts of the body via liposuction. This fat is then injected into your breasts.
This procedure comes with a number of benefits. The most obvious is that there is no breast implant involved at all, so you don’t need to worry about the implant rupturing or large incisions during the procedure. In addition, since you’re using your body’s natural fat, your breasts will look more natural, and there is the added benefit that you will also be removing fat from other parts of your body at the same time.
There is a limit to the amount of fat that can be used in the procedure, so your breasts will only increase by a cup size at most.
2. Breast Reduction
Breast enhancement surgery isn’t always about making your breasts larger. Many women opt for breast reduction surgery in order to reduce the size of their breasts.
For some women, the weight of large breasts can put undue strain on their bodies. This can lead to symptoms such as neck pain, back pain, and numbness. Reducing the size and weight of the breasts can help to alleviate these symptoms.
During this procedure, fat and breast tissue are removed, as well as any excess skin. This type of surgery can also help to improve the shape of the breasts at the same time.
3. Breast Lift
For some women, their skin is not strong enough to support the weight of their breasts. This causes their breasts to sag. As the skin stretches, you end up with too much skin in comparison to breast tissue.
A breast lift will remove this excess skin and reshape the tissue of the breasts to lift the breasts back to their original position. The procedure by itself will not change the size of the breasts, but it can be performed in combination with a breast augmentation or breast reduction.
Are You Considering Breast Enhancement Options?
If you’re considering your breast enhancement options, then we hope that this article will have been of some use to you.
Take your time to consider your options. You might want to consider going for a consultation with a plastic surgeon so that they can talk you through what they believe are the best options for your needs. It’s always best to get an expert opinion.
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