Choosing to augment your breasts in not only a medical decision, but also a very personal one. It involves how we see ourselves, who we are, and how we present ourselves in society. Not every woman with small breasts will feel the need to augment her breasts, but for most women, this enhancement procedure provides an immense personal satisfaction. Nowadays, there are more options to help women make a decision on whether or not this surgical intervention is the right solution for them. We strongly believe that the more you know about the medical procedure, such as the types of implants, recovery period, risks and complications, the easier it will be for you to make a decision about what is suitable for you. It is important to mention that the medical staff can offer opinions, as well as other family members that can tell you what they believe about this issue, but, in the end, it is only you that gives the final say. Benefits of breast augmentation The breast is formed by fat, mammary glands, and fat tissue. There are also blood vessels, milk channels, fat, glands and nerve sensors in your breasts. A part of the fat surrounds the breast to give it a soft consistency as well as a nice contour. Furthermore, it is important to know that the pectoral muscle is the biggest muscle that forms the breasts and is also used in all arm movements. The size and shape of your breasts are determined by the size of mammary tissue and fat present in your breasts. It is also affected by your age, the post maternal period, genetics and skin elasticity. Many women who choose to do the breast surgery are happy with the technical results. Breast augmentation with implants remodels and enhances the breasts of women, even those who went through multiple pregnancies or has lost the shape of their breasts due to aging. Furthermore, it can also correct breast asymmetries. With that said, there are also significant and positive psychological and emotional effects. After the surgery, patients mention how the results made them feel better about themselves, prouder of their body, and confident in their professional and personal life. Of course, the decision to undergo surgery comes in different forms for each patient, whether it be due to finding bigger breasts more attractive or wanting to correct asymmetry. Irrespective of their reasons, the important thing is that they chose to do the surgery for themselves. Otherwise, they may not feel the same positive effects as the others did. As a result, we always advise our patients to get all the information needed about the surgery before making any decisions. This means that you should be aware that choosing to do the surgery is only the start. You still need to make the following decisions with your surgeon: the incision site, type of implant, method used to augment the breasts and so on. The results that you are expecting after the surgery should be clear in your head before making any decisions. You need to keep it realistic, so you can better prepare yourself. Furthermore, you should understand the potential risks and complications that can occur during and after a breast augmentation intervention, so you can watch out for it. It is crucial to consider all these issues and to discuss all the implications with your plastic surgeon. You should get the answers to all your questions before your surgery, as well as confirm with your doctor whether your expectations are realistic and doable. Surgical incisions and implants options Usually, the breast implants are put in using one of the following three traditional incisions: Inframammary incision is performed under the breast Periareolar incision is performed on the nipple Transaxillary incision is performed under the arms All these incisions allow the implant to be placed submuscular (under the pectoral muscle) or subglandular (in between the pectoral muscle and the mammary gland). With that said, not every incision and implant placement is suitable for all patients. This is why you need to discuss with your doctor, so they can help you make the best decision. Your surgeon will consider all the factors necessary to determine the optimal method or incision type. Afterwards, you will need to choose the type of implant. The type of implant for your breast augmentation procedure is another important element that will influence how your breasts will look and feel afterwards. While getting all the information about the subject is essential, this does not mean that it is a good idea to go to your surgeon with preconceived ideas about what you believe is the best type of implant. Just like all the other elements in the breast augmentation procedure, the type of implant can be decided only after you consider all the relevant factors involved. The surgeon will get detailed measurements of your body and assess your goals and expectations. For example, if you want round, high breasts, the anatomical implants might not be the right solution for you. The risks and complications of the breast augmentation procedure Just like all surgeries, there are inherent risks and complications that come with the breast augmentation procedure. Some of the complications are avoidable if you thoroughly discuss them with your doctor so that you know what to watch out for. If you choose an experienced and talented plastic surgeon that performs this surgery on a regular basis, they will be able to evaluate your specific case and discuss in detail what can happen during and after surgery. When it comes to plastic surgery, it is a known fact that the more experienced you are with a specific procedure, the less likely it is for potential complications to occur. This doesn’t mean, of course, that all complications can be avoided completely. Conclusion Nowadays, there are plenty of technical options to consider in a breast augmentation surgery. Starting with the type and size of the implants, then the type of the incision and the placement, everything is subject to discussion with your plastic surgeon. Even if you have done your homework and researched breast augmentation extensively, this doesn’t mean that you will be able to make medical decisions by yourself, not even for your own surgery. The input you get from the plastic surgeon is vital for your health and the success of the surgery. Therefore, being informed and decisive is a good thing, but make sure to also consider your surgeon’s advice.