Candidates For Breast Augmentation
Breast implants are placed through three incisions. A. Axillary, or underarm, approach. B. Areolar approach. C. Inframammary, or breast fold, approach.
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure, so there are some important qualifications for you to meet so that you can undergo the surgery safely and successfully. You must be 18 years of age or older and in good physical and emotional health.
You should have completed your last pregnancy (and breast-feeding) at least three to six months prior to surgery. And, it is wise to defer breast augmentation if you plan to become pregnant within 1-2 years of surgery. (This is because pregnancy can change the aesthetics of your breasts and might change the operative plan to achieve your desired results).
You must have realistic expectations about how surgery can improve the aesthetics of your breasts, your body image and your life. And, you need to have a good support person to help you through the entire surgical process, especially to be with you and assist you during the first 24 hours after surgery.
Personal Decisions About Having Surgery
There are a number of important decisions to make before embarking on breast augmentation surgery. Those considerations include technical, medical, financial, emotional, work and family issues. In this section we address many of the technical elements involved in your decision making process. There are seven general technical points to consider:
Key Breast Augmentation Technical Issues
- Breast implant insertion site - Axillary or breast fold?
- Breast implant position - Above or under the pectoralis major muscle?
- Breast implant type - Saline or silicone gel?
- Breast implant surface - Smooth or textured shell surface?
- Breast implant shape - Round or teardrop?
- Breast implant projection - Low, moderate or high profile projection?
- Breast implant volume - How big, how small?
- Breast implant dimensions - How wide and how projecting?
We Will Help You Make Confident Decisions
Dr. Connall is an expert with all types of breast augmentation surgery. Dr. Connall understands that each woman's breasts and body are unique, as are the goals one wishes to achieve with breast augmentation. Dr. Connall recommends two different methods of implant placement. The implants can be placed through the breast fold. Or, for women who do not want a scar on their breasts, the implants can be placed through the underarm using an axillary endoscopic breast augmentation technique. Dr. Connall is an expert in both of these techniques, so the choice is yours. Though at times, Dr. Connall may recommend a particular incision for technical reasons related to the anatomy of your breasts. The most important issue in this decision is how you feel about scars, your breasts, and your body.