Once you have chosen to pursue a breast augmentation procedure, you will then have a variety of implant options available to you. Understanding not all options are ideal for every patient, Dr. Foster will listen intently to your desires and help create an individualized plan. During your consultation in his Middlebury office, he will help you decide which options are best for you based on your aesthetic goals and concerns.
Types of Breast Implants
Breast implants come in several different sizes, shapes, profiles, and textures. Implants may be filled with silicone or saline, and some are even adjustable. You and Dr. Foster will discuss the many varieties available to you during your consultation to ensure that you choose the size and type that will best enhance your physique. Provided below is a list of breast implant types offered at our plastic surgery office:
Saline vs. Silicone Implants
Both have specific advantages. Silicone implants tend to look and feel more natural, while saline is generally regarded as safer and also requires a smaller incision. Many saline implants are filled after they are inserted, which can reduce the risk of stretch marks. There is a minimum age requirement of 22 for getting silicone implants.
Contoured vs. Round Implants
Contoured implants tend to look and feel more natural, though they are a bit more expensive. There is some risk that a contoured implant may invert itself – something that is not a concern with rounded implants.
Textured vs. Smooth Implants
Textured implants were developed in order to reduce the risk of capsular contracture and – in the case of contoured implants – the risk of the implant inverting itself. Textured implants have a thicker shell, which makes them easier to feel. This can be an issue for women with little or no natural breast tissue.
The profile of an implant determines how far out the implant projects from the chest wall. If your chest wall is low or sunken, then a higher profile implant may be best for you.
Breast Augmentation Patient Testimonial
“I would highly recommend Dr. Stanley Foster. I had a Mommy Makeover (abdominoplasty, breast augmentation and smartlipo)…Dr. Foster spends quality time with his patients before surgery answering any questions you may have, and you never feel rushed at your follow up appointments either. If you’re looking for a compassionate doctor, one who takes pride in the work he does, and one who strives to accurately fulfill your expectations, then Dr. Stanley Foster is one for you. I could not be any happier with my decision or my results.”
“I found Dr. Foster while going thru breast cancer. I was not one for reconstructive surgery, until this kind, compassionate, caring man described the entire process to me and how he would care for me. His knowledge was expansive. He made me very comfortable going thru this process. He is not only my doctor these days, I consider him a friend!”
Breast Incision Options
There are four common incision options:
- Inframammary (in the crease under the breast)
- Peri-areolar (around the nipple)
- Transumbilical (belly button)
- Transaxillary (in the armpit)
Each of these incisions has specific advantages, and will ultimately determine where your scarring will take place.
Breast Implant Placement
Your implants may be placed above the pectoral muscle (subglandular) or under the pectoral muscle (subpectoral). There are several advantages and disadvantages to each placement option. For example, recovery time is generally quicker with subglandular placement, but your risk of capsular contracture is higher. Dr. Foster will discuss all the advantages, disadvantages, and risks of each option with you to help you decide which option is best for you. Below the pectoral muscle (subpectoral) – Women with little or no natural breast tissue often choose subpectoral placement. This provides a more natural look and decreases the chance any rippling that might otherwise occur with a subglandular placement. Subglandular is a good option for women who want less-pronounced cleavage and a more natural slope to their breasts. You may have longer recovery time with subpectoral placement.
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Dr. Foster has no preference in regards to which type of implant he likes to use. Your body type, aesthetic goals, and your other concerns will be the determining factors in choosing the best option for you. If you live in the Middlebury area and wish to enhance your physique through breast augmentation, or if you have any further questions about implants, please contact Dr. Foster today at 203-577-6550. Our practice serves Middlebury and surrounding areas in Connecticut.