The decision to have breast augmentation isn’t one to take lightly, and it should be made only for you. Without a doubt, breast augmentation is a life-changing event. If you’re a woman who’s never felt her breasts were proportionate with the rest of your body, augmentation can give you a new confidence in your figure, and it can give your overall self-esteem a big boost.
But once you make the big decision to go ahead with augmentation with Dr. Lipton, there are some other decisions you’ll need to make. They can seem daunting, but Dr. Lipton will help you with each decision.
You’ll first choose your implant type: saline, silicone, or cohesive silicone. Each option has its pluses and minuses.
- Saline implants have the advantage of needing a smaller incision, as they are filled once placed into the breast pocket. They also are less worrisome if they rupture, as the body simply absorbs the saline water. Saline implants do have a higher incidence of wrinkling, however.
- Silicon implants are thought to feel the most like natural breast tissue. However, if they rupture, the silicone needs to be removed. But when you think about it a ruptured implant will always need to be removed, whether filled with saline or silicone.
- Cohesive silicone implants (commonly known as gummy bear implants) are a new addition to the implant options. They are filled with thicker gel, hence the gummy bear name, and are shaped like a teardrop. If this rupture, the thicker gel stays within the shell and doesn’t leak into the surrounding tissue. However, a ruptured gummy bear implant will still need to be replaced, even without leakage away from the implant.
Implant size and shape
Beyond the type of implant, you’ll need to decide on the size and the shape of your implants. Beyond the size, which is measured in cubic centimeters of the filling substance, you also will decide on projection and the shape of your implants.
Your final decision is the location of the incision. Implants can be placed through an incision in the armpit, at the base of the areola, or on the crease on the bottom of the breast. Each choice has its pluses and minuses, and Dr. Lipton will discuss them with you during your consultations before surgery.