How Does Breast Augmentation Work?
First, let’s look at what implants can achieve. Breast augmentation is designed to add volume, shape, and forward projection to the breasts for a pleasing, curvy appearance. There are several decisions patients face that impact the final result and the procedure’s aesthetic outcome.
The implant type—silicone or saline—can impact how the breasts look and feel. The shape of the implant—round or teardrop—also affects how the breasts ultimately look. It’s about more than volume, though that is also a consideration made based on the patient’s body type and desired goals.
Another decision to make is the placement of the implants. Subglandular placement is on top of the pectoralis muscle behind the existing breast tissue. Submuscular placement is below the pectoralis muscle. Each location has its advantages, which will be discussed with you during your consultation.
How Long Do Breast Implants Last?
Breast implants, unfortunately, don’t last a lifetime. However, this doesn’t mean they are short-lived.
Most saline or silicone implants last between 10-20 years before they must be removed or replaced.
Much of this is determined by physiology and the type of implant you choose. Many patients safely have their implants for longer than this, and most will only have replacements once or twice in a lifetime.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Implants?
The best candidates are women who are enhancing their breasts for their own well-being. If you aren’t satisfied with your breasts’ size, symmetry, or position on your chest, a Longwood Plastic Surgery breast specialist can help determine if breast augmentation in our accredited surgical facility is right for you.