The decision to have breast augmentation surgery is one that needs to be made solely for the person having it done. This is a very personal surgery that will be life-changing, and it should be done for the right reasons. It’s a big decision that should only be made after you’ve done your research. But once you have decided to go ahead with the surgery, you’ll have a variety of other decisions you’ll also need to make. The choices may seem overwhelming, but Dr. Hetzler will help you with every decision. He’ll provide you with all the information you need, and walk you through each choice to be made.
Although the surgery is deceptively simple, especially compared with more intricate procedures that Dr. Hetzler performs such as eyelid surgery, it requires a unique combination of skills. Dr. Hetzler is excellent at interpreting what the patient truly seeks with her augmentation, along with the necessary eye for artistic symmetry and balance.
When you’re doing your research before deciding to have augmentation, these are the various choices you’ll eventually need to make.
- Implant type. Saline or silicone — both implant types have pluses and minuses. The consensus is that silicone implants have a more natural feel than saline. However, if a saline implant ruptures, your body simply absorbs the salt water. If a silicone implant ruptures, you’ll need to have any silicone that has leaked removed. That rupture point can be overstated, though, because if any implant ruptures, you will need to have replacement surgery to remove the ruptured implant and to replace it, if you choose to. Also, today’s silicone is far more cohesive than that used even a decade ago, meaning that it tends to stay in the implant shell even after a rupture.
- Implant position. While this may seem obvious, there is much more to implant placement than you may realize. You may not have known that implants can be placed atop or underneath the pectoral muscles of the chest. Many people believe that implants placed under the muscle have a more natural look, but, as with all of these decisions, it’s all about personal preference. One issue to take into consideration is that if the implant is placed atop the breast muscle (especially with saline implants), if there isn’t adequate coverage the implant can show visible wrinkling on the underside of the breast surface.
- Incision location. We place your implants through three incision locations, and scarring is different with each. Implants can be placed through incisions either at the bottom of the breast, near or in the areola, or in the armpit. Obviously, incisions in the armpit don’t leave any scarring on the breasts, although larger implant sizes may not be able to be placed through this method.
- Implant style. You will choose the shape, generally teardrop or round, and the size of your implants. Implants are sized based on the amount of the filling substance measured in cubic centimeters. You will also decide on the “projection” of your implants. This is the degree to which the implant has more filling higher in the implant.
Breast augmentation is a life-changing decision that will involve many smaller decisions once you’ve decided to move forward with the procedure. Dr. Hetzler will help you throughout the process. Call our office at (732) 219-0447 to schedule a consultation, or with any questions, you may have.