Important Considerations in Breast Augmentation

breast implantsAs the field of plastic surgery has evolved over the past several decades, the options women have for breast enhancement has grown significantly. No longer is the only choice saline or silicone. Today, plastic surgeons like Dr. Frank consider multiple factors, and they discuss their effect on the final outcome with patients. In addition to size, the type of implants, their placement, and the method of access are three important factors to consider.


The two primary types of implants, silicone and saline, each have unique characteristics that will affect how they ultimately look, and how they feel. For this reason, patients must know what to expect before choosing one over the other. Many women today instinctively lean toward saline implants. However, new, cohesive silicone gel is an appealing option that should be discussed.


Breast implants may be positioned beneath the breast tissue, glands, and milk ducts in the subglandular placement technique. Another option is to have implants inserted between the pectoral muscles and the chest wall. The placement of implants will affect how high they sit on the chest, which affects how breasts look in proportion to the rest of the body. Although it may seem logical that implants placed above the muscle, rather than below, may sustain less stress, the opposite is actually true. Submuscular implants less often experience capsular contracture, or tightening around them.


Access translates to incisions, so it an important consideration. Implants may be inserted via three routes: through a periareolar incision around the nipple, through an incision made beneath the fold of the breast, or through a transaxillary incision made through the underarm. The most predictable results tend to come from the inframammary incision made at the breast fold. However, the experience and technique of the surgeon also affects outcome. Dr. Frank’s passion for cosmetic surgery developed at an early age. This has driven him to pursue advanced education through which he can meet the needs of each patient.

If you are in the Calgary area and are interested in enhancing your figure with breast augmentation, we invite you to learn about your options in our comfortable, friendly office. Speak with an experience member of our staff at (403) 245-1228.


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