Getting breast implants may seem somewhat commonplace these days. Everyone knows at least one close friend who has a breast enhancement or breast reduction. Breast augmentation, known more commonly as a ‘boob job,’ has long been one of the most popular cosmetic breast surgery procedures performed across the globe.
But like any surgical procedure, breast surgery remains a serious endeavour. There are risks involved, some minor and some very serious. If you don’t choose the right Surgeon or the specific augmentation procedure that’s right for you, things can go wrong. Not everything that goes wrong can be fixed, and revisionary breast surgery is costly.
You don’t want to end up disappointed, but it’s not something you should take lightly even though it’s frequently embarked upon by many women. Results can vary from patient to patient and surgeon to surgeon. So here are some tips to consider when you are preparing for your breast augmentation surgery.
It’s best to be aware that there are also many choices to consider before you have a breast augmentation operation to increase your breast size, breast shape or cleavage contours.
There are also many different factors that may influence how your breasts look – and feel – after getting breast implants.
So this blog will give you some First Time Breast Augmentation Tips for anyone considering getting breast implants or other forms of “Breast Augmentation” surgery.
Some women are happy with smaller breasts, and some women simply want a fuller look or more defined cleavage and breast projection volume.
This is where Breast Augmentation Surgery can help.
You can opt for a minor volume increase or a larger volume increase, but it’s best to consider your entire physique before choosing your breast implant size.
If so, it’s important to understand which factors can help get you a good breast augmentation result that lasts for a longer time frame and which choices will lead to a short-term result that you’ll be disappointed with a few years later. The main thing to consider is that cheap discount breast implant procedures are not uncommonly performed under twilight anaesthesia (meaning you’re actually AWAKE!!) – how uncomfortable does that sound?Plus, heavily discounted breast surgeons may perform what’s known as ‘cookie cutter’ procedures – meaning they don’t always factor in your unique body proportions when choosing a size or pocket dimension.
For best results, let a dedicated Specialist custom plan your implant surgery so you will be far less likely to be disappointed. Plus, they can sometimes adjust for major asymmetry if that’s been a concern for you.
What is Breast Augmentation using Breast Implants?
Breast Augmentation is the medical term for breast enlargement surgery. Breast Surgery is often considered a cosmetic breast enhancement procedure that helps balance out or volumise a person’s breast contours. The primary method of breast augmentation is using breast implants (Mentor or Allergan); but there is also fat transfer for small cup changes or filling out a bit of cleavage (suitable candidates only). Silicone implants remain the most popular, but there are also saline implants, along with many different projection options for your silicone implants.
An elective surgery procedure, breast surgery can have physical and social, emotional and psychological impacts on a woman’s confidence or body image. It’s important to remember that everyone is different, and to read the disclaimer about the risks and varying outcomes for individual patients.
The definition of breast enlargement surgery can involve breast implants, autologous fat transfer methods or a breast lift that repositions the breast tissues to give breasts a firmer look or adjust for asymmetry (uneven nipples). Breast Augmentation can be accomplished in several different ways. These might include an under-breast crease incision (inframammary fold incision) to an armpit incision (called an armpit breast implant placement or “Transaxillary Breast Augmentation” procedure), which may help women prone to keloid scarring.
Getting a good result on your first Breast Implant Surgery is important. So take your time and avoid impulsive decisions that have to do with discounts.
Don’t trust your breast surgery to an unknown, non-local Surgeon or to a discount cookie-cutter surgery type of place that uses inexperienced Surgeons or you could end up with a botched result.
You may buy an expensive pair of shoes on impulse, or a swimsuit, but surgery and breast implants involve a very different type of experience and purchase.
Think about it. How much time do you take to choose a hairdresser that you stick to for years if not the rest of your life (or until they move to another town, and you have to start again)? How long before you pick a new colourist or cosmetic injector for your lip filler? How about your manicurist? With smaller purchases that wear off after a few days, weeks or months, it doesn’t always pay to spend a lot of time considering your choices.
With temporary beautification methods, you can often make quick decisions based on who has the best prices or who does the most unique polish styles for nails. That’s because hair typically grows back after a too-short cut, nail polish can be removed – and whatever you don’t like can typically be rectified for an amount of money or in time (although removing impulsive tattoos is another story).
Surgery, on the other hand, is a much more involved and serious endeavour. It’s a long term result and some aspects of your body will be somewhat-permanently changed after having cosmetic surgery.
So imagine how much more seriously you should consider your choices and the many decisions you’ll be making about breast implants and Breast Augmentation surgery.
Think of cosmetic breast augmentation or breast lift surgery this way:
- Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is a long-term solution – you CAN get breast implants removed or replaced, but revision breast surgery can be costly if you choose the wrong Surgeon or facility.
- Not everything can be fixed so avoid cheap options – instead, choose a reputable local Surgeon who can ensure a great experience the FIRST time.
- Avoid Fly In/Fly Out options unless properly researched
- Remember that a long-lasting medical procedure such as cosmetic surgery is an investment that you’ll enjoy for years – not a disposable – budget accordingly
- Board Titled Specialists are professionals who will have FRACS and often ASPS/ISAPS and similar types of qualifications – this is a key indicator they have trained for many years and are likely to be highly experienced with customisation needs to suit YOU as an individual patient (rather than a one-size-fits-all cookie-cutter type of operation)
- Your boob job may radically change your appearance
- It will probably also improve your self-esteem and confidence
- It’s your body! Not returnable or replaceable.
With this all in mind, here are 10 of the best decisions you can make about your boob job.
Decision 1: Deciding on Your Breast Surgeon – What Surgeon will suit you best?
There are numerous doctors and surgeons who perform breast implant surgery. They often have varying levels of skills and experience, with some being Board Certified Specialists (one of the top qualifications for plastic cosmetic surgery) and others being general doctors who have taken short courses in breast implant surgery. Our recommendation is to ensure your Breast Surgeon is FRACS as well as registered with the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons; it is also wise to see photos of their previous work (they have some online and will usually show you far more during your 1:1 consult as they can specifically show you images that may be more relevant to you and what you’re starting with, to help you know what to expect).
It’s good to have a Surgeon that is local, comes recommended and is highly experienced in plastic cosmetic surgery. But it’s also very important that you and your Surgeon get along well in terms of communication, mutual respect, mutual listening, collaboration and understanding. That’s because YOU and YOUR SURGEON will both have important roles to play in getting a good outcome from a breast implant surgery.
Decision 2: What look do you want to have after getting breast implants?
Do you want a natural contour or a more defined and dramatic silhouette? Some of us prefer a more subtle look, while others want va-va-voom that defies gravity! It’s your body – decide what look you want to have.
Decision 3: Is the look you’re going for actually achievable?
Manage your expectations, but also have realistic ones. If you have a petite frame and a small torso and narrow back, FF cups might be a little too much to handle. By all means have your vision, but keep an open mind as to the limits of anatomical capacity!
Other aspects that influence your boob job include your existing nipple locations, breast width, base width and height and weight, as well as how much natural breast tissue you already have.
Decision 4: Do you want to fix asymmetry?
Almost all women have asymmetrical breasts, and if yours are very uneven you may want to make the focus of the breast augmentation to even them up, rather than change the shape to something completely different.
Decision 5: Silicone or Saline?
Silicone is the more traditional form of breast implant and often, a silicone implant feels more like real breasts compared to a saline implant.
While saline might offer a more subtle look and feel and can be filled after placement, it may lead to a slightly smaller incision. Ask to see samples of the implants in the surgeon’s office and compare the appearance and feel of both – also, ask your friends and family who have had both to get a contrast of the finished effect.
Decision 6: Round vs Anatomical Breast Implants?
Round, smooth textured implants are the most popular (with silicone or saline). They can add volume higher on the chest to the lower part of the breast, and can be inserted over or under the muscle. On the other hand, anatomical implants are a type of ultra-firm silicone that are teardrop shaped – literally with more fullness towards the bottom of the breast.
But which is better? Due to gravity, even round implants will often form a natural looking teardrop shape in some breast area – it depends on placement, existing breast tissue and size and projection choices.
Fun Fact: Hardly anyone – Surgeons or otherwise – can tell the difference between anatomical and round implants after surgery in terms of the person’s appearance.
Decision 7: Smooth or Textured?
Anatomical implants can be textured or smooth – so consider this when you decide on what to go for, but know that there is some data that suggests the possibility that smooth implants may be a better option for some women in terms of risks – and the Kennel Funnel is also a great idea if your Surgeon chooses to use an insertion device to avoid handling of the implant during surgery.
Decision 8: Incision location – Inframammary or under armpit?
This comes down to where you want the scar to be. Inframammary is the more traditional method of insertion, where the implant is inserted under the breast crease and so the scar will be here. Under armpit (transaxillary) insertion is often referred to as the “hidden scar” method, as the scar is not visible on the breast itself – but it may be visible when you raise your arms.
Decision 9: Cleavage?
If you want cleavage to be the most prominent end result, then the placement and the dimensions of the implants are big factors. Medial cleavage is best achieved with breasts that are closer together, and upper pole fullness gives that “cup runneth over” look. Think about if you want one or both effects!
Decision 10: Nipples and Breast Augmentation
Last but not least – think about your nipples! Do you want to change the shape, shade or position of the nipples? Now is your chance to make them bigger, smaller, darker, higher or lower!
They WILL change a bit in appearance with an implant, but significant nipple changes are usually more possible to custom design during a Breast Reduction or Breast Lift with Augmentation. Ask your Surgeon for details on how you can change your nipple appearance if this is something you want for your breast enhancement surgery.