Are you part of the “Breast Belt”?
Dr. Shapiro considers Arizona to be part of the “Breast belt”, where breast augmentations are much more common than in other parts of the country. You can pretty much follow the sun belt for this trend. Once you’ve made up your mind to go go for it, you understandably have questions. You may have heard debate over the type of implant (silicone or saline). Perhaps, you’re unsure of the placement of an implant. And, you might just have questions about the size you want to be, the location of incisions, recovery time, and more.
No doubt, there’s a lot of information out there when it comes to breast augmentation surgery. So, here are some answers which can help shed light on the subject to better enable you to make the right decision for yourself. And of course, we suggest you schedule a consultation with Dr. Shapiro who can answer all of your questions and discuss your specific options.
Saline vs. Silicone?
Silicone gel breast implants are pre-filled with a multi-layer shell that reduces the risk of rupture or leakage. Because the implant is prefilled, a slightly larger incision must be made to insert it. However, this type of implant offers a more natural shape and feel.
Saline breast implants are filled with saline after they are inserted into the breast. This allows for a smaller incision and minimal scarring. Because they are adjustable, this type of implant can be fixed by adding or subtracting fluid as necessary.
Both silicone and saline breast implants are safe and offer excellent results.
Below or Above the Muscle?
Breast implants can be placed below or above the pectoral muscle. In the case of implants placed above the muscle, there is typically a shorter recovery time with less post-op discomfort since the muscle is left intact. It can also produce a rounded shape with more cleavage, particularly for women whose breasts are naturally spread wide apart. However, there is a higher chance of rippling, especially for women with little breast tissue.
Because implants placed below the pectoral muscle offer a more natural shape, they are chosen by the majority of patients. This implant position also has a lower rate of complications such as rippling and capsular contraction.
Where Will the Incision Be Made?
With breast augmentation, there are several options for where the incision can be made. The incision can be placed under the breast, around the areola, or in the underarm. In most cases, Dr. Shapiro recommends placing the incision under the breast because it gives better control in achieving volume and shape of the breast. As well, the scar can be effectively hidden in the crease of the breast.
How Long Is Recovery?
While there is some discomfort that goes along with having breast augmentation, most patients can return to work within 4 to 5 days and can resume non-impact exercise within 1 to 2 weeks. Pain medication minimizes any post-op pain, and the vast majority of patients are back to their active lifestyle quickly without any complications.
Whether you live in Arizona or another part of the world, you will want to do your research before going under the knife. Please call our office (480-451-1700) to schedule a consultation with Dr Shapiro so that he can answer questions regarding what is best for you.