If you are considering obtaining a breast augmentation procedure to boost your breast volume, then realize you are not alone. In fact, over 290,000 people obtained a breast augmentation procedure in 2016 alone, making it the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure of the year. If you looked into obtaining a breast augmentation procedure many years ago, but decided to hold off on obtaining one, then you may not realize just how many more augmentation options are available today than just a couple of decades ago.
Read on to learn about two important decisions you will have to make when obtaining a breast augmentation in 2017.
1. Breast Implant or Fat Transfer?
While you may think that your only breast augmentation option is to obtain breast implants, breast augmentation can now be performed by harvesting your own fat cells through a liposuction procedure and injecting them into your breasts. This is called a fat transfer breast augmentation.
While fat can still be harvested from your body if you are relatively thin, this is a great option for you if you have also been considering a liposuction procedure, since it can help you both sculpt your body and increase your breast size during just one cosmetic procedure.
However, realize if you are looking for a very dramatic increase in breast size, fat transfer may not be a great option for you. Typically, this procedure can only increase the size of a person's breasts by one to two cup sizes.
2. Which Implant Type Is Best for You?
If you decide to opt for breast implants instead of a fat transfer breast augmentation, then you may not realize that there are many breast implant types on the market today that you will get to choose from.
Implant types your cosmetic surgeon may offer you include:
Saline implants have a silicone shell that is filled with sterile saline solution. These implants can look and feel very natural, although many cosmetic surgeons feel that silicone implants more closely mimic natural breast tissue.
However, one great advantage of saline implants is that their uninflated silicone shells are often inserted into a person's breasts before they are then filled with saline solution. This means that placement incisions are often very small. In addition, implantation methods not possible with other types of implants, such as TUBA, or Trans-umbilical Breast Augmentation, which involve placing your implants through your belly button to eliminate unsightly scars on or around your breasts, can be performed when you choose saline breast implants.
While traditional silicone implants were pulled off the market for a period of time due to concerns they were harmful to a person's health, the evidence was later reviewed by the FDA and it was realized that they did not pose the health hazard once expected. They were then re-introduced onto the American market in 2006. This is great news if you want an implant that looks, feels, and moves like a natural breast, like silicone implants do.
Another type of breast implant that has been on the market for several years is called a cohesive gel, or "gummy bear" implant. These implants are made from silicone, but the silicone used to create them is much firmer than that inside of a traditional silicone implant. If you desire a traditional silicone implant, but fear it will leak (which is actually very rare), or would like an implant that feels firmer to the touch than a traditional silicone implant does, then a cohesive gel implant may be perfect for you.
The IDEAL IMPLANT
A new type of saline implant that was recently FDA-approved in 2014 is called the IDEAL IMPLANT. Unlike the traditional saline implant that is composed of just one outer silicone shell filled with saline, this implant is made of many layers of silicone shell with saline sandwiched between them. Many cosmetic surgeons believe that this new type of saline implant has a more natural appearance and feels more natural than traditional saline implants.
If you would like to boost your breast volume to increase your self-confidence, then realize you have many breast augmentation options today that were not available just a decade or two ago. Keep this information in mind when consulting with a cosmetic surgeon so you can make a more educated decision as to which breast augmentation procedure is right for you. Contact a medical facility like Renaissance Center For Facial & Body Sculpting for more information.