Breast augmentation is one of the most sought-after types of plastic surgery, and there are a number of reasons for this. The benefits obtained from undergoing a properly-done breast augmentation procedure (also known as mammaplasty) are extensive, and for some women, life-changing.
Benefit 1: Aesthetic Improvement
Breast augmentation improves the overall appearance of the figure by accentuating the chest area and providing a more shapely body contour. Breast augmentation can be completely advantageous to women who somehow feel their frame lacks a sense of proportion due to breasts that are on the small side. Also, larger breasts also balance out the overall body shape of women who have large hips, or are sporting what’s called the “pear” shape.
Similar aesthetic benefits are also in store for women who’ve lost their original breast shape due to either aging or pregnancy (or both).
Benefit 2: Increased Confidence
Breast enhancement can lessen a woman’s feeling of insecurity caused by a belief that she is unattractive because of her disproportionate body figure. This is addressed by adding size and contour to the breasts for an improved appearance. Women who undergo breast enlargement procedures typically report increased self-esteem and confidence, usually translating to a better professional and social life.
This can also bode well for other people: a woman happier and more confident with her appearance has a significant effect on her loved ones as well.
Benefit 3: Increased Clothing Options
One of the most exciting benefits of having fuller breasts is having a wide variety of available clothing options. Breast enlargement can give the little black dress at the back of your closet the "oomph" that has made it an icon in women’s fashion.
The operation highlights the cleavage and definition necessary to wear most low cut tops and dresses with confidence. A range of outfits are opened up as possibilities, and tend to look and fit better after the procedure, as the body’s curves are better accentuated.
Benefit 4: Restoration of Body Makeup
Breast augmentation can restore breast fullness that has been lost over the years.
However, most women consider this as the band-aid of their grazed confidence. But it is always wise, before any decision is made, that a woman fully understands the limitations of breast augmentation: the shape and look of the breasts are the ones that are altered. The confidence must come from the person.
One of the things to familiarize yourself with is the different kinds of implants, mainly silicone and saline. Both silicone and saline breast implants are FDA approved medical devices available for use in cosmetic breast enhancement surgery as well as for revision and reconstruction procedures.
On Silicone Implants
Most implant patients feel that silicone breast implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue.
Silicone implants are pre-filled with silicone gel —a thick, sticky fluid that closely mimics the feel of human fat.
"Silicone implants are very good for women who do not have a lot of soft tissue coverage," says Ben Lee, M.D., a board certified plastic surgeon of Englewood, Colorado, who specializes in breast augmentation.
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The last thing a woman wants is any visible evidence of her implants – like folds on the skin, scientifically known as rippling. Unlike saline implants, silicone implants has less tendency to display rippling, particularly with slim patients.
Studies have slimmed down the factors that cause rippling into two: the first one is the surrounding tissue on the implant; the other is the implant filling.
Though rippling is a natural event, if the silicone is inserted in an area evenly covered with subcutaneous fat or muscle the rippling doesn’t become apparent on the skin.
Implant filling is another important factor. Since silicone gel is viscous and “thicker” the implant shell doesn’t fold conveniently as opposed to saline water’s consistency that causes the
On Saline Implants
"Saline has a very good track record," says Dr. Lee, admitting that while it lacks a realistic feel to most women, there are still benefits to its placement.
Saline implants have been criticized for feeling hard or unnatural.
With the help of improved surgical techniques such as placing the saline implants behind the chest muscle and slightly overfilling it, fewer complaints have been noted from patients regarding this issue.
For a list of breast augmentation myths and the facts that debunk them, read Part 1.
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