The decision to have breast augmentation is a big one involving lots of research and deliberation. The decision isn’t one to be made casually, and it needs to be made for the woman alone, not for a partner or spouse. But for women who have felt their breast size or shape was disproportionate or unsatisfying, the decision to have augmentation can change their lives.
The first step down this path is to have a consultation with Dr. Kearney. You’ll discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure. Your goals need to be realistic because, while breast augmentation is life changing, it is not a panacea.
Once you decide to go ahead with the surgery, there will be four additional decisions you’ll need to make. It can seem overwhelming, but Dr. Kearney will help you with all of these decisions.
- Implant type. You’ll choose between silicone implants and saline implants — both types have pluses and minuses. Most people feel that silicone implants have a more natural feel than saline. However, if a saline implant ruptures, your body simply absorbs the salt water. If a silicone implant ruptures, you’ll need to have any silicone that has leaked removed. This is a little bit of a misconception, however, because if a saline implant ruptures, you will still require surgery to remove the collapsed shell and replace it.
- Implant position. You’ll decide on the position of the implant, whether it will be placed atop or underneath the chest muscle. Many believe that implants placed under the muscle have a more natural look, but this is all personal preference.
- Incision location. Where you want the incision will affect your scarring. Implants can be placed through incisions either at the bottom of the breast, at the base of the areola, or in the armpit. Obviously, incisions in the armpit leave the least visible scarring.
- Implant style. The last of your decisions will be the size and shape of your implants. Some implant styles feature more projection than others. Others, such as gummy bear implants, are teardrop shaped. You will also decide if you want your implants to have texture, which can help keep them from shifting.
While these decisions may seem daunting, they’re not. Dr. Kearney has the Crisalix 3D imaging system to help. This system, when used in combination with virtual reality goggles, lets our patients see exactly what potential breast implants will look like long before any actual surgery occurs. These technological advancements take much of the anxiety out of breast augmentation decisions with Dr. Kearney.