Breast Implant Decisions

breast implantsThe decision to have breast augmentation isn’t one to take lightly. After all, it will change your appearance forever more, and it’s not a temporary change like having a dermal filler session. Still, for a woman who has been unsatisfied with the size, shape, or symmetry of her breasts since she was a teenager, augmentation can really change her self-confidence.

Of course, the first step in the augmentation procedure is your consultation with Dr. Yates. You’ll discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure. The goal, as with any cosmetic surgery, is to have realistic expectations. While breast augmentation will change your life, it won’t change who you are.

Once you make the big decision and decide to have augmentation, there will be four additional decisions you’ll need to make. Sometimes, the choices can seem overwhelming, but Dr. Yates will provide you with all the information you need to make informed decisions about each one.

Implant type. 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. This is somewhat of a moot point really, however, because if any type of implant ruptures, you’ll need to have it removed. This applies to saline as well as silicone.

Implant position. 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.

Incision location. 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. Dr. Yates prefers the transaxillary method with the incision in the armpit because the patient has no visible scarring on the breasts.

Implant style. 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. Yates will guide you through each one, so that your augmentation experience is as stress-free as possible. Call us at 563-275-4701 to set up your consultation.


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