Every woman wants to feel attractive and desirable. If your small, flat, or asymmetrical breasts are preventing you from looking your best, you might be a good candidate for breast implants. This popular procedure has helped millions of women attain the beautiful, feminine curves they crave.
What Is Breast Implant Surgery?
Breast implant surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure that increases the size of your breasts. A breast augmentation can:
- Give you larger, fuller breasts.
- Make your breasts match in shape and size.
- Enhance the way your body looks and the way you feel about yourself.
A Popular Procedure
Known as augmentation mammoplasty by doctors and a “boob job” in slang terms, breast augmentation is without a doubt the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 290,0000 women in the U.S. chose to have breast implant surgery in the past year. This was closely followed by liposuction, nose jobs, and facelifts.
What accounts for the ongoing popularity of this procedure? As it turns out, there are many factors that have made this procedure an enduring favorite.
Greater Acceptance of Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic surgery has gone mainstream, with celebrities openly discussing their surgeries and facelifts and women sharing online reviews of doctors and procedures. A breast augmentation is no longer associated with unnatural-looking, oversized breasts. Many women are choosing natural-looking implants and discussing their results openly.
Medical Advances Have Made Implants Safer
New implants are a vast improvement over those that were used decades ago. Women now have a choice of implant type. These new implants are safe and long-lasting, making more women feel comfortable with their decision to get surgery.
Women Love the Results
Review ratings for breast augmentation are overwhelmingly positive. Women report being thrilled with their new breasts and their new bodies. On the popular review site RealSelf, breast augmentation has a “worth it” rating of 98%.
Women Want to Feel Attractive
All women want to look their best. For most women, that means having breasts that are full and shapely. When a woman is born with small, unbalanced, or irregularly shaped breasts, the effects on her self-esteem can be long-lasting and profound. A breast augmentation can correct that.
Who Can Benefit from Breast Implant Surgery?
Women in various situations find that breast implants are a choice that enhances their life in many ways.
You Don’t Like the Size or Shape of Your Breasts
If you’re unhappy with the size, fullness or shape of your breasts, you can change all that in a day with breast implants. This is the primary reason that women get breast augmentation.
You’ve Had a Mastectomy
After a mastectomy, you may have lost one or both breasts. Breast implants can restore the look of your body. In many cases, breast augmentation after a mastectomy is covered by your health insurance.
You’ve Lost a Lot of Weight
Many women find that after weight loss, they also lose a breast size or more. If you want to get that fullness back, breast implants can restore you to a larger size.
You’re in a Specific Career
Women in certain lines of work find that large breasts are a necessity to be personally and financially successful. For those women, breast implant surgery is a smart business expense.
Are You a Good Candidate for Breast Implants?
You are probably a good candidate for breast augmentation if you:
- Feel that larger breasts would enhance your self-esteem.
- Are at or near your ideal weight and your weight is stable.
- Are healthy and a nonsmoker.
- Are prepared to follow your doctor’s aftercare instructions.
- Have realistic expectations for your surgery.
What Breast Implants Can’t Do
Breast augmentation is not the best choice for women who are happy with the size and shape of their breasts but want them to be firmer. For those women, a breast lift is the correct option.
Similarly, if you lose weight and have a lot of loose skin around your breasts, a breast lift is a better option. In some cases, a breast lift can be combined with breast implants. Your plastic surgeon is the best person to advise you on the right procedure to achieve your body goals.
Benefits of Breast Implant Surgery
- You’ll feel great about your body and your new breasts. Many women have thought about getting breast implants for years, and almost all of them are ecstatic that they had the surgery done.
- You’ll look your best in your favorite clothes and swimsuits.
- Compared to other cosmetic procedures, breast augmentation is an affordable way to transform your body.
- Many women report taking better care of their bodies after surgery, because they are finally happy with the way they look and feel.
What Is Involved in Breast Implant Surgery?
Before the Surgery
A consultation with a plastic surgeon is key to a successful outcome of your surgery. You and your doctor should discuss your expectations and goals for surgery. You should also be clear on what you both see as the most desirable outcome.
You should discuss:
- the final size and shape of your breasts
- the type of implant you want
- the type of incision your doctor thinks is best for your case
- any questions or concerns that you have
Try Them On
You can also try on different implant sizes and shapes to see how they would look on you. These trial implants slip into your bra cups and give you a good idea of how the finished result will look.
There are several options for where your surgeon can place the incisions. The choice will depend on the size of implant you want, the size of your breasts now and other factors. These options can include:
- Underarm incision
- Incision in the crease of your breast
- Areola removal
During the Surgery
Breast augmentation surgery takes about two hours. You will have general anesthesia. In most cases, the surgery is performed in the privacy and comfort of your doctor’s surgical center. Keep the following pointers in mind:
- Follow the instructions given by your doctor’s office on how to prepare for anesthesia and surgery.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure.
- Make sure your concerns have been addressed and you’re calm and relaxed.
After the Surgery
Your surgeon’s office will give you aftercare instructions. These will include instructions on wearing a compression garment or a special bra. You will probably need to take a week or two off work to let your body recover.
Choosing the Right Implants
There are several different types of breast implants available. Each has its own features and benefits. Your plastic surgeon can advise you on the ones that will work best to achieve the look you want.
When you’re discussing the size and the look of your new breasts, you will likely be using the following terms.
- Fullness: This term refers to the actual cup size.
- Projection: This refers to how far your breasts stick out from your chest.
- Cubic centimeters (cc): This is the measurement used to determine the size of your implants. Implants range from 120 cc to 800 cc. Most women use 250 to 350 cc implants, which generally translates to about two cup sizes.
- Profile: This is another term for projection. Make sure you and your doctor both have the same idea for what you consider an ideal projection.
These implants are filled with sterile salt water. They are a good choice if you prefer an all-natural implant. They give you a well-proportioned look and feel.
Designed for a woman who wants more definition in her breast size, these implants contain a special insert that gives the breasts a more natural feeling when they’re touched.
Silicone gel implants tend to feel more like natural breast tissue than saline implants. They are also a better option for women who want to go up more than two cup sizes. Silicone is the preferred choice for most women because of its smooth, natural look and feel.
Style and Type
In addition to the material, you can also choose the shape of implant that will give you the best results.
Round implants are the same size at the top and the bottom when they’re lying flat. Once they are inserted, they will be fuller at the bottom. Round implants give the most fullness.
Shaped or Teardrop
These implants are designed to mimic the natural teardrop shape of the breast. They give natural-looking movement to the implants.
What Results Can You Expect?
Although you’ll notice your increased size right away, your body needs time to heal after surgery. You won’t see the full effect of your implants until your body has had time to adjust to the implants. It takes about two weeks to recover, and you may have to limit strenuous activity for at least a month.
Some women experience what’s known as “drop and fluff.” This refers to the fact that right after surgery, the implants seem to be very high and quite stiff. After a short time, the implants drop and get soft, resulting in the beautiful, natural-looking, final result.
As with all cosmetic procedures, patience is key. Take the time your body needs to heal. The end result is definitely worth it.
How Long Will Your Results Last?
One of the benefits of breast implant augmentation is that it gives you long-lasting results. Most implant surgeries last about 10 years. At that point, you may need to replace the implants. You can also have them removed.
Are You Ready for Breast Implants?
If you’re ready to get the beautiful, full breasts you’ve always wanted, your first step should be a consultation with a plastic surgeon. Our knowledgeable, experienced practice is ready to help you live your dream of a lovely new body. At the Plastic & Cosmetic Center of South Texas, breast augmentation in San Antonio is what we do best. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!