Breast Augmentation Options
Individual factors such as body build, breast size, and breast shape will determine the appropriate implant size and surgical approach to fulfill your needs.
Silicone implants are FDA approved for patients age 22 and older, and they are composed of a silicone shell filled with silicone gel. They mimic the look and feel of natural breast tissue and are less likely to show rippling.
Saline implants are FDA approved for patients age 18 and older, and they are composed of a silicone shell filled with a sterile saline solution. They require a smaller incision and are more cost-efficient than silicone implants.
Submuscular (most common)
- Implants are placed entirely under the pectoral muscle.
- Ideal candidates for this type of implant placement do not have adequate existing breast tissue.
- The pectoral muscle masks the edges of the implant for a more natural result, which is why this placement is often preferred.
- Implants are placed above the pectoral muscle and under the existing glandular tissue.
- Ideal candidates for this type of implant placement have adequate natural breast tissue.
- Recovery is faster and less pain is expected than with submuscular placement.
At Reichner Plastic Surgery, breast augmentation is performed using the following incision options:
- Inframammary: A small incision is made along the lower breast crease.
- Periareolar: A circular incision is created along the lower edge of the areola.
During your consultation, expect to be asked about your medical history, including any past procedures. Your current health will also be evaluated, and the surgeon will want to know if you are currently taking any medications or supplements.
Dr. Reichner will ask you about your goals for breast augmentation. It’s helpful to bring photos showing the results you want to achieve. Dr. Reichner will examine your breast area and get measurements, and photographs may also be taken.
Based on the information gathered during your consultation, Dr. Reichner will develop the best treatment plan for you to achieve the realistic goals you have set.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
The breast augmentation procedure takes 1 to 2 hours. The chosen incision is made after the administered anesthesia has taken full effect. Dr. Reichner will create pockets in the chest tissue that will house the implants. The implants are then inserted into the pockets, making sure they will not change position after the procedure. The incisions are closed with sutures to finish the procedure.