The decision to have your breasts enhanced, made fuller, or augmented in any way is a personal matter that each woman makes for reasons that are meaningful to her.
Some women experience sagging after giving birth or nursing, while others become unhappy with the appearance of their breasts after losing or gaining significant amounts of weight. Women who have had mastectomies may want to enjoy the natural look they had prior to surgery, and yet others simply want bigger breasts that look perkier and make them feel better about their appearance.
No matter the reasons you choose to change the shape and look of your breasts, Allen Aesthetic Surgery in Raleigh, North Carolina is here to help.
Types of Implants
There are many different types of breast implants on the market today, all of which require Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approval. The two most commonly used materials in breast augmentation procedures include saline and silicone.
While the latter contains a gel that gives one’s breasts a more natural look and feel, they come with greater risk for complications than the former. Determining which implant is right for you should be based on your discussions with a board certified plastic surgeon at Allen Aesthetic Surgery.
A surgical consult is an important factor in receiving optimal care, as it allows you and your surgeon time to discuss your goals, medical conditions, and any other issues that may preclude you from having this procedure.
Saline implants were introduced in the mid 1960’s and became the preferred implant material by the early 1990’s. Saline is used more often than silicone-gel implants, as they are less problematic than than their chemical forerunner.
In order to augment breast size, empty implants are placed inside the breast and then infused with salt water. Once they have been secured in place, they can be filled to a predetermined, clinically agreed upon, cup size. Saline implants are typically available to women who are above the age of 18, though younger women are eligible for this type of implant in cases of breast reconstruction.
All types of implants run the risk of leakage. If saline implants rupture however, the fill is absorbed by the body, the breast deflates, and additional surgery is ultimately required to remove the implant itself.
Filled with a gel that is of similar consistency to natural adipose tissue, silicone implants allow women a more natural look and feel than their saline counterparts.
Though silicone-gel implants have received bad press over the years, rigorous studies by the FDA in 1992, 1996, 2006, and 2011, determined which brands of silicone were safe, and which alleged complications were or were not connected to the use of these implants. By the summer of 2011, the most definitive research supporting the safe use of silicone implants was published by the Federal Drug Administration. Ongoing studies continue to be shared by the FDA on their website.
Should a silicone breast implant rupture, it will not deflate completely or at all. Instead, gel may leak into surrounding scar tissue or the breast itself. Size, shape, and feel may change during a rupture, but this is not a definitive outcome either. Additionally, not all leaks are detected as is the case with “silent ruptures,” in which gel gets trapped within the tissue encasing the implant.
Silicone-gel implants are available to women who are 22 and older, as well as younger women undergoing breast reconstruction.
Before & After Photos
A surgical consult with Allen Aesthetic Surgery must include not only a discussion about saline vs silicone, but implant shape and texture as well.
Round vs. Teardrop (Anatomical)
While both shapes can be achieved with silicone or saline, round implants tend to add fullness to both the lower and upper parts of the breast and surrounding tissue. Teardrop implants closely mimic the shape of a natural or anatomical breast, offering less height at the top and more volume at the bottom.
Smooth vs. Rough
Implant texture relates to the feel of the outer layer of the implant. While rough surfaced implants allow tissue to hold on more firmly to the implant, smooth surfaced implants are thinner, feel more natural, and move more easily than those that are textured. Round implants fare better with smoothness than those that are anatomically shaped.
How to Determine if Breast Augmentation in Raleigh is Right for You
There are a variety of factors that go into the decision to have breast augmentation in Raleigh, North Carolina. The patients of Allen Aesthetic Surgery can only benefit by discussing their reasons for wanting this procedure, and the myriad number of considerations that must be looked at and evaluated before embarking on this journey.
Understanding why you want to augment your breasts can help you and your surgeon determine what cup size will best fit your needs. No matter why you have chosen breast augmentation, keeping your expectations in check will help you accept and respect the changes in your appearance and self- image.
Understanding The Risks and Side Effects
Though breast augmentation in Raleigh is a safe procedure, all surgeries come with risks. You have to decide whether or not you will be able to handle possible ruptures, leaks, and remain compliant with post operative care.
Overall Wellness and Health Habits
Whether or not you are a candidate for breast augmentation at Allen Aesthetic Surgery is directly connected to your overall health. Being in “good health” is a great place to start, but it is incumbent upon prospective patients to let their surgeon know if they are breastfeeding, have a history of breast cancer, smoke cigarettes or other substances, drink alcohol on a regular or social basis, and what kind of work they do.
Some of these factors may be of no concern, while others, including age, blood disorders, and a history of prior surgeries, may increase the risk of surgical complications related to breast augmentation in Raleigh.