Once you have made the decision to have a breast augmentation, the next step is determining what size you want to achieve. It is important to discuss what your goal from the surgery is with your surgeon so they can help accommodate and recommend the proper size.
When it comes down to determining what size to go, the amount of breast tissue you naturally have and how big your chest is prior to surgery have an impact on the size of the implant. The amount of cc’s (cubic centimeters) used on one patient to achieve a certain cup size may be different on another patient trying to accomplish the same size due to the size of the breast prior to surgery. “A tall, broad-shouldered patient with small A-cup breasts may require 450cc implants to achieve a C-cup breast volume postoperatively, while a shorter patient with medium B-cup breasts may only need a 250cc implant to achieve a C-cup breast volume,” according to www.realself.com.
Another element to decide prior to surgery is what type of implant to use. Silicone and Saline implants both have an outer silicone shell, however, they have different material and consistency. Saline implants are empty when they are inserted and then filled with sterile salt water once they are in place. Silicone implants are already filled with silicone gel prior to being inserted. The SHAW Center offers all available types of silicone and saline implants for breast augmentation.
Incisions for the implant are made in hidden areas in order to reduce the amount of visible scarring. The available areas for incisions are an Inframammary incision (underneath the breast), Transaxillary incision (in the armpit), and the Periareolar incision (through the areola).
Throughout the process of making decisions for your surgery, be upfront with your surgeon so they can help determine what will be best for the end result. Don’t get wrapped up in numbers and sizes, focus on how you want your breasts to actually look and convey that to your surgeon. If you are interested in having a breast augmentation, call the Shaw Center at (480) 767-1900 to schedule a consultation and discuss your options!