Summary: When it comes to enhancing your figure, there are few better ways to give your natural curves a boost than with breast implants. If you’ve been considering a breast augmentation for a long time, you’re likely feeling excited to get started, but there are five important factors to take into account before you rush off to your plastic surgeon.

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1. Implant Size

Implant size is usually the first decision on the minds of women considering breast implants. Most women try to get an idea of how large they’d like to go based on bra sizing, but how an implant will look on your frame is a complicated matter that requires exact measurements of your physical proportions.

Bring photos of how you’d like to look when you consult with your surgeon, and he or she should be able to help you determine the implant size that will look most natural on your body. Remember that implants are measured by volume rather than cup size, so it’s best not to get too hung up on a specific bra measurement as your end goal.

2. Implant Profile

The profile of your breast implant refers to how much projection the implant will have:

  • High Profile implants offer the most projection with the smallest diameter, and are ideal for small-framed women who want dramatic results without breasts that appear too wide for their body.
  • Moderate Profile implants are proportionate in width and projection, providing a standardized sizing option that typically delivers very natural-looking results.
  • Low Profile implants have wide diameters with less projection, and are usually used for women with wide shoulders and broad frames whose natural proportions favor implants with a larger base.

Each of these options will give your implants a different appearance on your body. Your surgeon can explain more about how to choose the perfect breast implant profile for you during your consultation.

3. Incision Placement

Until we live in a science fiction movie, surgery without scars remains impossible, and that includes breast augmentation. With this in mind, choosing the ideal incision placement is critical when planning a surgery that focuses primarily on beauty and aesthetics. Your incision placement can also affect the type of breast implants that can be used. For example, saline implants are filled after insertion, so your surgeon can use smaller incisions compared to silicone implants.

The majority of breast augmentations use incisions placed either under the breast or around the areola. Some surgeons may also use a transaxillary incision, which is placed in the armpit. All of these placements are intended to be as inconspicuous as possible after healing. The length of the incision will depend on several factors, including implant type and your anatomy.

4. Implant Type

Silicone and saline are the two types of breast implants available for breast augmentation, and each offers distinct advantages.

Silicone implants, including the newer cohesive gel or “gummy bear” implants, are currently the more popular choice of the two, delivering results that feel lighter, softer and more natural than saline. On the other hand, saline implants can be inserted with a slightly smaller incision and are a more cost effective option.

5. Surgical Skill

The final (and most important) step in getting the best breast augmentation results is finding a board certified plastic surgeon with the skill to give you the outcome you want.

While you shouldn’t expect that breast implants will change your life completely, you can certainly look forward to feeling sexier and more confident after augmentation, especially since you should see beautiful results by following the considerations above.