Breast augmentation is a type of cosmetic procedure involving an enhancement of natural breast tissue. The surgery is performed through the placement of a breast implant to make the bust line larger. Each breast implant is encased in surgical-grade silicone. When it comes to the materials found inside of this shell, you have two choices: silicone gel and saline, which is sterile saltwater. Saline implants are relatively inexpensive, while silicone provides a more natural feel. You also have more variety of shapes with silicone, while saline breast implants are more inflexible and round. Research has found that there is no greater risk of developing damage from silicone than with saline implants.
What results do you desire?
Breast implant technology has seen rapid innovations recently, especially in the variety of style choices available to the implant patient. These changes have resulted in safer implants and more treatment options. Of course, this level of complexity can also make things more confusing for the patient. You have to consider factors like your desired cup size, for example. Dr. Antún will convert your preferred cup size into a measurement of the volume of your future implant.
Take a good look around you at women that you are seeing in your environment and in the media. What is the most appealing size and shape to you? Do you prefer a rounded, full, push-up bra style? Do you feel that your breasts have a deflated look and would prefer them to be somewhat larger with a natural “tear drop” shape? Or would you prefer a more lifted and projected look? Is your goal to look a certain way in clothes or without? How about both?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Antún will not make aesthetic decisions like these. Instead, he will work with you to gain a better understanding of your goals and desires for your breast augmentation surgery. He will be supportively guiding you throughout the planning process, explaining your procedure choices based upon your frame and measurements.
Saline vs. Silicone
Breast augmentation is a very individual type of surgical procedure. It can involve the use of either saline or silicone breast implants, depending upon your unique objectives. Patients typically prefer silicone implants due to their softer and more natural feel similar to that of natural breast tissue. The saline form of implant involves the use of a sterile saltwater solution. Even though saline implants are firm and less natural in feel, some patients prefer them because they feel that they offer a more perkier and dramatic look.
The placement of incisions necessary for breast augmentation is another thing to consider when you are developing a plan for your procedure. One of the most discussed options is the location of the incision. Dr. Antún will discuss with you the pros and cons of your options so that you can understand which type of incision is most appropriate for you.
One option is the peri-areolar incision, which is partially located around the areola. This type of incision is favored by many plastic surgeons due to its ability to more accurately position the implant. This type of incision also results in a less prominent scar that is concealed by the color and texture of the areola border. One potential drawback is that this type of incision can increase the risk of problems with nipple sensitivity.
Another popular incision choice is known as the inframammary incision. It is located in the breast fold. This is a popular choice due to its ability to allow the surgeon to better position the implant. Although this type of scar is more prominent, it can be easily concealed by bras and bikinis.
The armpit is another potential area for placement of a needed breast augmentation incision. Known as the transaxillary method, it involves an eventual scar that can be concealed within the armpit. On the other hand, many plastic surgeons do not favor this approach, as it makes implant placement harder.
Gummy Bear Implants
Another implant choice available to you is the so-called “gummy bear” implant. This is a recent innovation for silicone breast implants that appear and feel more like natural breasts. They are shaped like teardrops and have a gel base, which makes them more safe if there should be a leak or rupture. They are also more likely to remain in the shape of the breast. This type of implant is composed of both a silicone gel filling and a silicone shell, leading to the appearance of natural plumpness, while still being soft to the touch..
When you consult with Dr. Antún, he will thoroughly examine you and listen to your questions and concerns in making the determination of the most appropriate type of breast implant for you. He will draw upon his years of experience and expertise to individually tailor a plan based upon your unique needs and goals. Components of this plan will include your individual desires and needs, implant choice, incision technique, and surgical process. Everything is put together to help you achieve your desired cosmetic goals.
Dr. Antún’s primary focus is your personal safety. For this reason, he only uses implants that are approved by the FDA for breast enhancement, as opposed to biopolymer injections. These are hazardous substances that do not function well in the human body.
Breast implants are available in a variety of sizes, categorized by their volume. This volume is measured in cubic centimeters, ranging from as small as 50cc to 800cc and beyond. There are four basic factors that you should weigh before determining implant size:
* Your natural breast size and the amount of current breast tissue
* The size of your frame and bodily measurements
* Skin elasticity
* Your procedure goals
It can be a difficult decision to determine your new breast size, particularly when you do not have the ability to measure accurately your frame or understand the different types of cups. Dr. Antún can help you select the most appropriate breast implants for your procedure. He will assist you in selecting the right type for your individual body type.
If you are a woman who desires to enhance the shape or increase the size of your breasts, you are probably a good candidate for breast augmentation. You must be at least 22 years of age to receive silicone implants. The minimum age for receiving saline implants is 18 years old. The key point is that your breasts must be completely developed before they can be surgically enhanced.
You may make a good candidate for breast augmentation if your breasts are asymmetrical or you feel that they are too small for your figure. If you suffer from feelings of self-consciousness about the look of your breasts, including being displeased with their natural shape, a surgical augmentation may benefit you and help restore your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Dr. Antún has established a solid reputation as an expert plastic surgeon in the Miami area. Let him put his over 15 years of experience to work in helping you achieve the look that you desire. Dr. Antún has at at his disposal state-of-the-art surgical techniques to help you achieve your aesthetic goals and be proud of your figure.
Breast Augmentation Procedure
Each procedure differs somewhat, based upon the individual factors involved in your unique situation. Some factors include the quantity and quality of your natural breast tissue, as well as your cosmetic goals. Both silicone and saline breast implants are available in different sizes and shapes. Implants can be adjusted based upon your body type, needs and desires. Prior to your breast augmentation, Dr. Antún will decide upon an appropriate incision placement. Each type of incision technique will involve minimal scarring.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Your breast augmentation does not end when you walk out the door after your procedure. Dr. Antún and his team at HD Esthetique are dedicated to providing outstanding patient aftercare. We are with you every step of the way until you have healed completely and achieve the look and feel of the breasts that you are hoping for. We are here to make sure that your recovery is as rapid and uncomplicated as possible.
You can expect downtime following your breast augmentation of about two weeks. You will be provided with all needed aftercare information, including incision care and what is to be expected during your recovery. We will also need to schedule some follow-up appointments with you so that Dr. Antún can check on the progress of your procedure and how you are recovering.