To believe that breast implants have been in use for more than fifty years is hard. However, the fact that breast augmentation is still the most well-liked cosmetic surgical procedure is less surprising.
While the surgeries number continuously grows, the breast implant technology is also growing. This poses a greater challenge especially to patients who consider breast augmentation. To reduce the confusion, here are the 4 S’s of breast augmentation by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
1. Silicone vs. Saline Implants
There have been many exciting improvements recently as far as breast implants are concerned. The advancements relate to profile, texture, size and the composition of the implant. Today, patients are provided with many implant choices that have been thoroughly tested for both efficacy and safety.
For many patients, choosing between silicone and saline breast implants is a major decision. In short, silicone implants are the best options compared to saline. Some of the advantages of the silicone implants, including the latest cohesive gel or gummy bear implants, are a softer, lighter and more natural feel. Also, there is less rippling and lower deflation rate. However, patients should expect to pay more money for silicone breast augmentation.
For some people who prefer an inexpensive option or slightly smaller incision, saline breast implants are mostly a perfect option to silicone. But, the patient is the decision-maker.
2. Surgical Incision
Despite the fact that breast augmentation surgery is widely accepted in the society today, many patients like better to keep their surgical procedure personal. Therefore, they are concern about the location and the size of their incision.
Through improvement in breast implants products and technology, it is possible to reduce the scars appearance significantly. Though there are various standard incision approaches in breast enhancement surgery, nearly all plastic surgeons like transaxillary, or periareolar, or inframammary. The doctor should discuss the incision method that is suitable for the patient’s daily lifestyle, implant selection, and body type.
3. Breast Implant Size
One of the causes of anxiety for patients who are seeking breast enhancement is determining size. It is good always to educate patients on the anatomy of their bodies. In addition, patients should be educated on how breast implant size choices are determined.
During the consultation, surgeons should always take measurements to know what size implant is most suitable for the anatomy of the patient. They should also offer ways in which the patients can visualize their results. Through the use of imaging technology to trying on various implant sizes, the patients should participate actively in the process of selecting the size.
4. Selecting a Plastic Surgeon for Breast Augmentation
This is the final S as far breast augmentation is concerned. Choosing a plastic surgeon for breast augmentation that will carry out the procedure is crucial. When trying to find a breast augmentation surgeon, women should seek plastic surgeons who are certified under the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in the plastic surgery field. The surgeon should also be a member of ASPS.
Apart from having right certifications, it is also significant that the patients have access to before and after photos either in the office or online so that they can review the results of the surgeon. Although nearly all patients find online testimonials helpful, mostly they take a larger interest in the advice of the family members or friends who have undergone cosmetic plastic surgery previously.
Whether patients get their surgeon through referral or online, they should have a good connection with the doctor and the whole practice staff. However, the most important thing is the confidence of the patients on the ability of the surgeon to deliver the results they want.