Every year, around 290,000 women elect to have some form of breast augmentation performed to increase the size or alter the shape of their breasts. Some of the more common reasons for exploring breast augmentation options can be as simple as being dissatisfied with the natural size of your breasts. It could extend to other issues as well, like changes in body composition, which could include changes in breast shape and height after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or significant weight loss.
Silicone is the original type of implant used in breast augmentation. The silicone gel inside the augmentation membrane feels very similar to natural breast tissue, and if an implant membrane leaks, it will not deflate the implant. You will need to periodically have an MRI or ultrasound performed to monitor the integrity of the implant.
Saline implants, as the name implies, are filled with a sterile saline solution, and they have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Like silicone, the saline solution also feels similar to natural breast tissue. Should a leak develop in the membrane, the implant will slowly deflate and the saline will safely be absorbed by your body.
Fat transfer breast augmentation is a relatively new treatment option for increasing breast size. It is often performed in conjunction with a liposuction procedure. With this treatment, the size of the breasts will be augmented by taking fat from another part of your body and transferring it into the breast pocket.
Another method of breast alteration that continues to grow in popularity each year is a breast lift. This involves removing skin and possibly small amounts of breast tissue to tighten the breast and lift it for a more youthful appearance.
If you are interested in exploring your options for augmenting or altering the size of your breasts, you should call Institute for Plastic Surgery at 309.827.3881 to set up a consultation with our cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Otis Allen.