Summary: For many women, breasts are the most coveted of curves, and perfecting these curves is what leads hundreds of thousands of women each year to get breast implants.

A common complaint that leads women to seek breast implants is their dissatisfaction with their natural breast size. Other women may get breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, to correct asymmetrical breasts or rejuvenate breasts after pregnancy or weight loss. Whatever your reason for wanting breast implants, it’s important to know that breast augmentation is customizable according to your needs. By understanding what goes into a successful breast augmentation, you can focus on the factors that will help you get the best breast augmentation results.

Far from a one-size-fits-all procedure, each breast augmentation is adapted according to a woman’s unique anatomy and personal preference.

1. The Implant You Choose

When it comes to choosing your implants, you have a choice between silicone gel and saline breast implants. Both implant types have their advantages depending upon the look and feel you’d like. Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution and require a smaller incision than silicone implants. Saline implants are round in shape and in the unlikely event of a leak or rupture, the saline is harmlessly absorbed by the body and the rupture is immediately noticeable. Silicone implants are made up of silicone gel, a substance that’s similar in texture and appearance to human tissue. Silicone implants are available in several different shapes, including round and anatomical breast implants, the latter of which offers a more natural, tapered look. Women who are interested in a subtler effect may opt for silicone breast implants. Selecting the implant type and size that’s right for you is integral in helping you achieve beautiful breast augmentation results.

2. Where Your Implant Is Placed

It may surprise you to learn that you have an option of where your breast implant is placed, your breast implant placement can affect your results. With submuscular placement, the implant is positioned below the pectoral muscle. This placement is particularly beneficial for women who don’t have a lot of breast tissue to cover the implant. Submuscular placement can reduce the likelihood for visible rippling. In subglandular placement, the implant is placed above the muscle. Women who are very athletic and particularly active with their upper body may be better-served by subglandular implant placement.

3. Your Implant Profile

Implants are available in different profiles. Breast implant profile describes how far the breast projects forward from the chest. The narrower the width of the implant base, the greater the breast projection. Low profile implants are somewhat flat, moderate profile implants often deliver the most natural-looking results and high profile implants are very prominent in appearance. By working closely with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Wooten, you can determine which profile type can give you the look you desire.

4. Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

One of the most critical keys to a successful breast augmentation is choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon. When a plastic surgeon has certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, it signifies that they have undergone rigorous training and are held to the highest of standards. Board-certified plastic surgeons must engage in continued training and professional development, which ensures that you’re getting treatment and care from a skilled expert.

5. Realistic Expectations

Breast augmentation is an investment in yourself, enhancing your appearance for a sexier, more confident you. It’s important to have realistic expectations of what breast implants can and can’t do for you, and to understand that your beauty and self-worth is about so much more than your physical appearance.