Every patient has different aesthetic goals and preferences. Since each patient is unique, not only in goals and needs but also in body structure, board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. James Namnoum educates his patients about the various techniques and decisions involved in choosing a procedure. One of the most popular cosmetic procedures, breast augmentation surgery, actually involves several decisions before a patient may undergo surgery.
One of the biggest decisions in breast augmentation surgery is choosing the type of breast implants. The two types, saline and silicone, are FDA approved for use and are available in various sizes, textures, and shapes. Saline breast implants are composed of silicone elastomer shells filled with sterile saline solution, while silicone implants are also made of the same type of shell but are filled with silicone gel. Each type is available in teardrop or round shapes that can either be textured or smooth.
Another component in breast enhancement surgery is implant sizing. Instead of breast cup sizes (A, B, C, etc.), implants are measured by volume of cubic centimeters (cc). Dr. Namnoum discusses sizing with each of his patients to determine what will yield the most proportionate results. It is important to consider the patient’s weight, current breast size, body frame, and aesthetic goals when determining size of implant.
Along with choosing implants, Dr. Namnoum also discusses options for types of incisions for breast augmentation surgery. Incisions may be made near the areola, in the navel, in the armpit, or under the breast crease. The most common incision is the crease breast incision (inframammary) because scarring is naturally camouflaged and the proximity to the breast mound provides greater control over implant placement. Other incision sites may be recommended for patients depending on their goals. For example, an areolar breast incision is recommended for patients who opt for a breast lift in addition to an augmentation since a breast lift incision is made in the areola.
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