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The 4 S’s of Breast Augmentation

Jacky Gale | September 28, 2016 | Posted in Breast Augmentation

types of breast implantsBreast augmentation has helped countless women gain self-confidence and achieve the look they want. Often combined with a breast lift, this procedure address the natural changes that occur with pregnancy and breastfeeding. Breast augmentation has long been among the most popular types of plastic surgeries, but it shouldn’t be taken for granted that every woman will achieve the specific results she desires. To get the right look you want, you’ll need to carefully consider the following factors outlined as the 4 S’s of Breast Augmentation.

1. Silicone or saline?

There are two primary types of breast implants: Silicone and saline. Silicone implants have undergone major upgrades in recent years; they are now safer than ever before. Many women prefer silicone implants because they offer a look and feel that closely mimics natural breast tissue. They’re also ideal for women who lack a great deal of soft tissue coverage. Silicone implants are less prone to rippling and they are softer.

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Saline implants are often more affordable and they are considered to be even safer than silicone implants. However, some women are unhappy with them because they don’t look or feel as natural as silicone implants.

With either type, there is a risk that the implant will rupture. Ruptured silicone and saline implants both require surgical removal. Saline will harmlessly reabsorb into the body, whereas silicone gel will usually stay in the same general area. Silicone gel isn’t thought to cause major health problems, although some women may experience breast pain.

2. Which size breast implant is right?

After selecting the right type of implant, it’s time to choose the right size. Before you determine your preferences, your plastic surgeon must evaluate the base width of your breasts, the breadth of your chest, and the distance between your breasts. The surgeon also needs to consider skin laxity and tissue availability before recommending an appropriate size range for you.

3. Surgical incision and technique

One of the top concerns many breast surgery patients have is the visibility of the incision scar. There are different approaches a plastic surgeon can use, including incisions made under the breast fold. Talk to the surgeon about your preferences and learn about the different incision techniques before making a decision.

4. Selecting a plastic surgeon

Perhaps the most important decision you need to make is which plastic surgeon will transform your body. Choosing the wrong surgeon could not only jeopardize your results, but also possibly put your health at risk. Make sure your plastic surgeon has a wealth of experience, is board certified, and comes highly recommended.

Breast augmentation in New York City

If you’re considering a breast augmentation or other body enhancement procedure, you can receive a personalized consult with Dr. Thomas Loeb, world-renowned plastic surgeon. Dr. Loeb is much sought-after for his expertise and skill as a surgeon, the artistry of his results, and his dedication to upholding the highest standards of patient safety. During your consult, Dr. Loeb will help you identify your goals and explain the procedure that might be best for you. Call his Fifth Avenue office in New York City at 212-327-3700.

Breast implant resources:

  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, What is breast augmentation surgery?
  2. Web MD, Breast Implants,
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