Breast augmentation is not a one-size-fits-all procedure, and during his 30-plus years practicing plastic surgery in New Hampshire, Dr. Robert Feins has never taken that approach. During your consultation, you'll tell Dr. Feins how you want your breasts to look and he'll communicate the options you have to achieve your aesthetic goal. And you have a lot of options. Below we look at 4 aspects of customization.
1. Combine Your Breast Augmentation With a Breast Lift
A breast lift can complement the way breast implants enhance your body and self-esteem, and guards against effects of aging to which even augmented breasts are susceptible, namely sagging breasts.
As you age, your body will produce less elastin and collagen. Those two proteins are critical for maintaining elastic, healthy-looking skin. Without those proteins, skin around the breasts can sag and droop. Pregnancy and nursing exacerbate these problems.
That's why many women opt to get a breast lift at the same time as a breast augmentation. It can maximize your results over time and help you achieve your best body.
2. Choose Your Implant Type and Shape
Dr. Feins offers four different types of breast implants to help you attain the best possible results from your breast augmentation:
- Saline implants: Saline implants have a silicone outer shell filled with a sterile saltwater -- saline -- solution. The saline solution is completely safe and won't damage your body if the capsule ruptures. They are also often less expensive and have lower risk of complications than other implant types.
- Silicone implants: Silicone implants have a silicone outer shell filled with silicone gel. They have a smoother, more realistic feel and greater durability than saline implants.
- Gummy bear implants: Like silicone and saline implants, gummy bear implants consist of a silicone outer shell and a filler material. In gummy bear implants, the filler is usually a thicker silicone gel than you see in normal silicone implants. The thicker gel helps the implant maintain its shape even if the shell breaks. Gummy bear implants also have textured shells, which help hold the implant in place by allowing tissue to grow into the texture.
- Fat transfer: This procedure, also called fat grafting, is an alternative breast augmentation for patients who don't want implants. Fat is extracted from your tummy, thighs or sides using liposuction, then injected into the breast.
You also get to choose the shape of your breast implant: round or teardrop. Round implants have the benefits of symmetry and of not deforming the breast if the implant slips out of place. They're also generally less expensive than teardrop implants.
Teardrop implants, though, are more natural-looking because they conform to the natural shape of the breast. They add volume to the lower parts of the breasts and give the appearance of a more natural curve.
3. Get Your Incision Where You Want It
Dr. Feins is adept at performing numerous breast augmentation incision types. The two most common are inframammary incisions and transaxillary incisions.
Inframammary incisions are small and made in the breast crease that forms when your arms are resting down at your sides. Transaxillary incisions are made in your armpit, to access the breast from the side. These have become popular because they don't produce visible scarring around the breasts.
4. Decide Where Your Implant Goes
You don't just get to pick the location of your incision and the type of your implant -- you also choose where the implant goes. Each placement has its benefits and drawbacks.
Subglandular implants are placed behind the mammary gland and in front of the chest muscle. It could also be ideal for athletic women, because you'll be able to use your chest muscles without any possibility of muscle contraction affecting the implants. However, subglandular implants can also be more visible, depending on the amount of tissue present.
Submuscular implants are placed behind your pectoral muscles. These implants interfere with mammograms less than other breast implants, because they're placed behind the areas that mammograms examine -- although your mammographer knows how to account for subglandular implants as well. Some women with thin breast tissue prefer the hidden placement behind tissue and muscle.
Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation Today
Dr. Feins has practiced plastic surgery in his hometown of Manchester, New Hampshire for more than 30 years and has helped numerous women achieve the body they desire. He will support you as you make choices about breast augmentation, helping you choose the options that will fulfill your goals.
To learn how Dr. Feins can improve your confidence and self-esteem through breast augmentation, call (603) 647-4430 to schedule a consultation today.