Breast Augmentation: Decisions To Make Beforehand

Posted on: 29 May 2020


The decision to have a breast augmentation surgery is a big one. However, it's not the only decision you'll need to make. After deciding to have breast augmentation, you'll need to make a few other decisions about the procedure. Keep reading to learn about those decisions and your options.

Do you want saline or silicone implants?

The two major types of implants are silicone and saline implants. Each option has its advantages. Saline implants are filled with saltwater at the same concentration as your body's natural fluids. If they happen to burst, the saline won't do any damage. Silicone implants are filled with a thick gel. If they burst, there is a potential for a reaction, and the silicone will need to be removed quite promptly. However, silicone implants tend to feel more natural and hold a better shape than saline.

Do you want round or form-shaped implants?

Implants come in two major shapes. Round implants are shaped like small balls; they are symmetrical and make for a very full-looking breast. Form-shaped implants are a bit flatter on top than on the bottom, more like a natural breast. If you are seeking a more natural look, then form-shaped implants are generally the better choice, but if you're after larger, more obvious breasts and don't care if they're not as natural, round implants are better.

What size would you like to be?

After deciding on the shape, you need to decide on the size. Many people tend to over-estimate initially. Your plastic surgeon should be able to show you images that predict how you look with different sizes of implants. They can also give you loose implants to try on. Resist the temptation to go larger due to peer pressure. For most people, going up one to two cup sizes from your natural size is enough.

When should you schedule the surgery?

Once you know what type, size, and shape of implants you want, then you can think about scheduling the procedure. Keep in mind that you'll need to take about a week away from most activities and a month away from any moderate to intense physical activity. See where this can fit in with your work schedule and other obligations, and then set a date!

Breast augmentation can be life-changing, boosting your self-esteem and letting you become a better version of yourself. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about these decisions.