3 Tips for Choosing Breast Implants

Three Tips for Choosing Breast Implants

|| By Sam Smith ||

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The growing popularity of cosmetic enhancement procedures shows that the desire to look great isn't going away anytime soon. This heightened level of interest has paved the way for advances in surgical techniques and the development of safer, more effective products. Breast augmentation has seen some of the most noteworthy advances over the past decade, and navigating through these new options can be tricky for first-time cosmetic enhancement patients.

If you're considering breast augmentation or you know someone who is, there are a few tips that can make selecting the right implants easy and even fun. Here's my advice for achieving beautiful results:

1. Know your options.

For many women, size is the first consideration when it comes to breast implants. Factors such as body type, cosmetic goals, and general lifestyle all play a role in what implant size best serves your needs. Although size is certainly an important component of the selection process, there are many other considerations when customizing your procedure. Breast implants come in 2 materials: a cohesive silicone gel and a saline solution. Saline implants offer a safe and effective option, but silicone implants are significantly more popular. Not only do silicone implants have a more natural feel and look compared with saline, but the highly cohesive silicone gel developed in recent years means patients also don't have to worry about ruptures or tearing.

Regardless, both materials provide a safe solution for patients who want more breast volume, and the best choice for you has a lot to do with your existing breast tissue, budget, and other factors. Another important implant consideration is shape. Most plastic surgeons offer round (more upper-cup fullness) and anatomically shaped implants (more natural appearance). Anatomically shaped implants look like a drop of water with more fullness at the bottom, mimicking the shape of natural breasts. Once a patient chooses an implant size, material, and shape, she can move to other considerations such as shell texture, incision location, and implant placement.

It's important to remember that one implant isn't necessarily better than another. It's all about choosing implants that will create a natural-looking result for your body. Your surgeon will play a key role in helping you find the implants that will meet your personal needs.

2. Get a picture of the possibilities.

Many plastic surgeons are embracing the development of new tools that make it easier to show patients how different options may affect their outcomes. For instance, the VECTRA® 3-D imaging system takes a series of photos of a patient to create 3-dimensional images. Surgeons can then use the digital program to manipulate those images and show the patient how different implant selections could affect her results.

According to the website of The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, a practice with 3 board-certified plastic surgeons who use VECTRA in hundreds of breast augmentation procedures a year in Denver, Colorado, the system helps doctors and patients "avoid uncertainty." "A critical ingredient in determining your happiness after surgery is your pre-operative understanding of the expected results," the site says. "It serves as a visual tool to help you and your surgeon discuss plans and expectations during your pre-surgery consultation. Through this educational process, possibilities and limitations of the surgery can be seen and, ultimately, you can make the best decisions and feel less anxiety about your results."

If you're unsure whether a surgeon in your area offers this technology, reach out to the staff. It's not critical to the success of every procedure, but the VECTRA imaging system could be the tool that makes all the difference in your results. Also, surgeons who invest in 3-D imaging are likely to invest in other innovative products that could make your planning process easier and more informative.

3. Find a qualified specialist.

It's No. 3 on the list, but we've saved the best for last; finding an experienced surgeon should be a top priority for all breast augmentation patients. When it comes to cosmetic surgery, patients  should look for board-certified plastic surgeons. Finding a doctor in your area has never been easier, thanks to the American Board of Plastic Surgery's website. This is the organization to trust when considering plastic surgeons, and checking your doctor's certification status is one of the easiest ways to ensure your safety and happiness.

When deciding between multiple surgeons, online users should also look through before-and-after photos on each doctor's website. Many surgeons also provide detailed procedure information, which can offer a lot of insight into complementary procedures and preferred surgical techniques. Also, there are usually opportunities on surgeons' websites to learn about the practice's staff, office, and past patients.

Once you've narrowed down your list of potential physicians, the best way to find a surgeon with whom you feel comfortable is through in-person consultations. Creating a list of questions, bringing photos of results you like, and being open and honest about your needs will help you find a great surgeon. Ideally, patients will feel comfortable and confident working alongside the surgeon and her or his team.

Whether you've already met with potential surgeons or you're just starting to consider breast augmentation, there are countless resources that can make the process more enjoyable.

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