• 26 July 2013

Breast augmentation continues to be one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States and around the world. When planning the procedure there a couple of decisions that you and your plastic surgeon must make. These decisions will be based on your goals for breast enhancement, your body frame

and size, your existing breast tissue, and your preferences.

To make it easier for you, we have come up with a short checklist of questions that you should ask your surgeon before a Breast Augmentation.
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What type of implants will be used for your breast augmentation?

All breast implants are made with a solid silicone outer shell called a lumen. The material inside the implant can either be saline or silicone.

  • Saline breast implants: These implants are filled with sterile salt water.  Saline implants may be pre-filled to a predetermined volume. Saline may also be  filled at the time of surgery to allow for minor changes in implant size.
  • Silicone filled breast implants: These implants are filled with soft, elastic silicone gel. All silicone breast implants are pre-filled. They may require a longer incision for implant placement.

Where will the implant be placed?

The implant can be positioned in a pocket created either directly behind the breast tissue (diagram below: right) or underneath the pectoral muscle which is located between the breast tissue and chest wall (left).


Where will the incisions be made for the placement of the implant?


Placement of the implant and type of implant are some of the factors considered when deciding where to make the surgical incision in breast augmentation. The incision may be made either:
1. Underneath the breast just above the crease;
2. Around the lower edge of the areola; or,
3. In the armpit.
Individual factors and personal preferences will help you and your plastic surgeon to make the best decision on implant type, implant location and incision location. Armed with the knowledge on some of the decision-making required, you are more prepared for your breast augmentation consultation with a board-certified plastic  surgeon.
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