Life circumstances, like pregnancy and weight fluctuations, can change the look of your breasts, resulting in loss of volume. Or perhaps you have a naturally smaller chest and wish to increase the size of your breasts to enhance your curves. Whatever the case, breast implants can restore or enhance the size and volume of your breasts.
Breast enlargement surgery is particularly common, and many patients love their results. If you’re interested in learning whether breast implants could help you reach your aesthetic goals, schedule your consultation at Soler Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL.
What Is Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Breast augmentation surgery, also commonly referred to as a boob job, aims to add volume to the breasts. Patients can achieve larger breasts with breast implants or, in some cases, fat transfer to the breasts.
Breast implants can make breasts look and feel fuller, and many patients love the addition to their natural body contour.
Types of Breast Implants
Breast implants are not one-size-fits-all. For this reason, breast implant manufacturers have created a range of breast implants to suit patients’ wants and needs.
The following are the types of breast implants we will help you choose from to achieve maximum results.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are silicone shells filled with saline, or salt water. If a saline implant ever breaks or leaks, the body simply absorbs the salt water and naturally expels it.
Because saline implants are inserted unfilled, we have more control over size and fullness. Breasts with saline implants are usually uniform in shape with a firmer feel.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants contain silicone gel. Many women believe that silicone mimics the feel of natural breast tissue a bit better than saline. However, women under 22 years old should not get silicone breast implants unless they are receiving them for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.
Gummy Bear Breast Implants
Gummy bear implants are gel-based, teardrop-shaped implants.
These implants are ideal for patients who wish to see more volume at the bottom of the breast, as they help breasts project more at the bottom while the implant tapers toward the top. Gummy bear implants are also firmer to the touch than other types of implants.
Round Breast Implants
Most breast implants, whether saline or silicone, have a round shape. These implants help women achieve overall fuller-looking breasts due to their shape and volume.
Smooth Breast Implants
Smooth breast implants are the softest kind of implant, and they are typically round in shape. Because of their smooth surface, they can move around freely in the breast pocket, contributing to more natural-looking movement.
Textured Breast Implants
Textured breast implants, because of the texture of the outer shell, stay in place better than smooth implants. These implants can either be round or teardrop-shaped, and they come in either saline or silicone.
Breast Implant Profiles
Breast implants also have different profiles. The profile refers to how much a breast implant projects forward. Breast implants with smaller widths will have greater projection. Along with the size, you can choose from the following profiles for your implants:
- Low Profile: Often best for women with wider chests, as these implants are relatively flat and offer minimal projection
- Moderate Profile: Recommended for a more natural appearance, as these implants are more pronounced than low profile but not as much as high profile
- High Profile: Provides the fullest and roundest result, as they are particularly narrow at the base
Different body shapes will look better with different profiles. Some types of breast implants even come in ultra-high profile. We can help you decide on the best implant profile for you based on your body type, needs, and desired results.
Breast Implant Insertion Methods
Breast implants can be inserted into the chest via different insertion methods, including:
- Inframammary: An incision made through the natural crease at the bottom of the breast
- Periareolar: An incision made around the bottom of the areola
- Transaxilliary: An incision created in the armpit
- Transumbilical: While not as common, this incision is made through the navel
Along with determining the right location for your incisions, we will discuss implant placement. Implants can be placed either on top of or under the pectoralis muscle in your chest. Because both options provide different results, we can help you decide which is best for you.
Breast Augmentation Surgery: What to Expect
We do our best to make you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible as we guide you through preparing for your procedure.
Breast augmentation surgery is performed under general anesthesia. You’ll slowly drift off to sleep before we begin. We will make the incisions in the desired areas, place the implants, and make sure the breasts look nice and symmetrical before closing the incisions and completing your surgery.
The procedure time will vary, but it often takes one to two hours. After surgery, we’ll take you to a recovery room, where you can calmly wake up and rest before going home to begin healing.
We will provide postsurgical instructions to help promote quick recovery. It is normal for implants to sit high on the chest immediately after surgery and in the few months following while the breast tissue and skin adjust to the implant.
After a few months, the implants will drop, and you will see your final results.
Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation Today
If you’ve been considering breast enlargement surgery, take the first step. Contact us at Soler Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL, today to schedule your consultation.