23rd of September 2013

Breast Enlargement – Information

Breast Augmentation or Breast Enlargement surgery has always been one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed around the world and remains so today.

For someone considering breast enlargement surgery, there are many options and many choices.

Implant Type.

There are two basic types of implant – either saline filled or silicone gel filled.  All implants have an outer, silicone shell.

Before 1994 silicone implants contained a runny, liquid silicone.  Todays modern implants contain a cohesive silicone gel which feels soft to touch but in actual fact is quite firm like ‘turkish delight’.

Implant Shape.

Breast implants are either round or tear drop in shape. Round implants are the most popular because they actually look quite natural both lying down and standing.

The tear drop or anatomic implants are firmer to touch.  They have the other problem of a tendency to rotate.  Also, anatomic shaped implants often look unnatural when lying down.

Insertion Site.

  1. Infra-mammary (beneath the breast)
    • the most common site
    • technically straight forward
    • used always for anatomic implants
    • 4.5 -5.0 cm scar.
  2. Peri-areolar (around the nipple)
    • from 3 oclock to 9 oclock within the areolar
    • sometimes the scar can be seen front on.
    • slightly higher infection rates.
  3. Transaxillary (armpit)
    • technically more difficult
    • can result in implants sitting too high
    • no scars on the breast.

Implant Position.

  1. Behind the mucscle (subpectoral)
  2. Infront of the muscle (prepectoral)
  3. Dual plane (partially behind the muscle).

Size and Projection.

Dr Jane will measure your breast base to determine a range of breast implants that would ‘fit’ you. This is only part of the overall equation that will give you the best results.  Another important factor in sizing is skin type and existing breast volume (quality, quantity and laxity).

The projection of the implant refers to the forward height of the implant.  Essentially the options are low, moderate, or high.  Most women chose moderately projecting implants s these give good filling and the most natural shape.

Women who are well informed, who have a clear understanding of what they want (and can communicate this) and who are realistic about what can and cant be achieved are most likely to have the best results and be the happiest patients.