January 14, 2016
These days, women have an endless array of resources that can change the way they look. Makeup, clothes, and laser hair removal are just a few examples. Many women decide that a breast augmentation is right for them in order to achieve the body they want. Within this realm of plastic surgery there are plenty of options to choose from. Women will decide whether to get silicone or saline implants, what size implant is right for their body and their lifestyle, and which surgeon they will trust to do the procedure. All of these are essential decisions for any woman considering breast augmentation surgery to consider.
It’s important to understand the implications of getting breast implant surgery, including the implications on your appearance and your day-to-day life. The first major decision to make is whether to get saline or silicone implants. Saline breast implants are filled with sterilized salt water while silicone implants are filled with silicone gel. Both types of implants are surrounded by a silicone shell. Many believe that silicone implants more closely mimic the look and texture of natural breast tissue though it is best to compare the physical differences with your surgeon in order to decide which is right for you. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are no life-threatening medical implications of a ruptured implant. This holds true for both silicone and saline implants although the ruptured implant will need to be removed and replaced if desired.
Another important factor to consider is the level of physical activity you’re accustomed to in your daily life. We’ve all heard big-chested women complain about how it feels like an extra weight on their chest when they are just going about their daily business. This can turn an exciting new look into a physical burden in no time. It’s important to understand the effect that different breast sizes will have on your day-to-day life, as well as your exercise routine. If you prefer to do yoga and often attend spin classes, perhaps larger breasts will not pose as much of a hindrance for you. If, on the other hand, you can’t go a day without your morning jog around the park, understand that bigger breasts means more baggage to carry with you on that run. Not only does this pose a physical burden in the sense that you’ll need to adjust to a heavier frame, but it may cause premature breast sagging with excessive movement during exercise. One way to compensate for this is to ensure that your sports bras are correctly fitted and provide enough support to keep your breasts in place during a run session.
Perhaps the most difficult determination for a woman to make with regards to her breast augmentation surgery is deciding the size of the implants. Remember, ladies - bigger is not always better. Everyone has a different body shape, personal preference, and lifestyle. One important notion to keep in mind is how you’d like your clothes to fit. If you’re small-chested and wish your shirts would fit you better or if you’d really like to wear lower cut shirts that show off a hint of cleavage, it may be that larger implant sizes are preferable. If, on the other hand, you’re bothered or irritated by tight clothing and find it uncomfortable, you may decide that a smaller implant size is right for you.
The proportionality of your new implants to your existing body frame and shape is another factor to consider. Take into consideration your weight, height, and shoulder width so that you can decide on a size that looks naturally beautiful and still feels comfortable to you. This is an extremely personal decision, and every woman should embrace what will make them feel great about the way they look. This will not be the same for everybody, and rightfully so! Implant size will be a unique decision for each woman considering breast implant procedures, so take pride in your decision to determine what is right for you.
It’s essential to discuss with your surgeon if the implant size you want is physically feasible. If you currently do not have enough skin and/or breast tissue to accommodate the larger implant size, you may opt for a smaller implant size. Stretch marks, rippling, and other complications may arise if the implant size is too large for your skin and tissue to properly support. Your surgeon should discuss the options you have with regard to implant size and skin treatment after the procedure to ensure healthy and supple-looking skin.
An important development in breast augmentation surgery is that you’re able to attend a sizing session in order to see for yourself what size implant would fit your body and preferences best. You’ll wear a padded bra that holds the implants in place, which allows you to see how different sizes look with your own clothes. This session provides a more realistic glimpse of the body you’ll have after surgery, and will help to determine what size implant you’ll like the best. Better than a computer-simulated image of what you would look like with different sized implants, this sizing session allows you to see and feel the difference, and give you a true look into the body you’ll soon have.
It is crucial to find a surgeon with whom you’re comfortable discussing your concerns and goals. Be sure to discuss your medical history and to understand the health implications and potential risks going into any surgery. A good decision is an informed decision, and you should make this decision with the help of a surgeon you trust. Breast implant surgery is a viable and beneficial procedure for women who want to achieve the body they want to have. Take the initiative to decide on an implant size that is right for your body, your lifestyle, and your happiness. Your body will thank you!
Dr. Amjadi MD, DDS, FACS
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons
915 Gessner Rd #870
Houston, TX 77024
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