The decision to have breast augmentation is a big one involving lots of research and deliberation. It shouldn’t be taken casually. But for women who have felt their breast size or shape was disproportionate or unsatisfying, the decision to have augmentation can change their lives.
The first step down this path is to have a consultation with Dr. Ip. You’ll discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure. Your goals need to be realistic because, while breast augmentation is life changing, it is not a panacea.
Once you decide to go forward, there will be four additional decisions you’ll need to make. Dr. Ip will help you with all of these decisions.
You’ll choose between silicone implants and saline implants — both types have pluses and minuses. Most people feel that silicone implants have a more natural feel than saline. However, if a saline implant ruptures, your body simply absorbs the salt water. If a silicone implant ruptures, you’ll need to have any silicone that has leaked removed.
You’ll decide on the position of the implant, whether it will be placed atop or underneath the breast muscle. Many believe that implants placed under the muscle have a more natural look, but this is all personal preference.
Where you want the incision will affect your scarring. Implants can be placed through incisions either at the bottom of the breast, at the base of the areola, or in the armpit. Obviously, incisions in the armpit leave the least visible scarring.
The last of your decisions will be the size and shape of your implants. Some implant styles feature more projection than others. Others, such as gummy bear implants, are more teardrop shaped. You will also decide if you want your implants to have texture, which can help keep them from shifting.
While these decisions may seem daunting, they’re not. Dr. Ip will help you with each of them. Call us at our New York or Newport Beach offices to schedule your consultation.