There is one thing about breast augmentations that is certain for most – the end result is amazing! If you’re thinking about going under the knife, you might be wondering just how the procedure is done. What types of surgical options are there? What is the breast implant made of? And where does it go in?

These are common questions that people start asking once they’re really curious. Well the answers are no mystery! In fact, if you’d really like to proceed with a breast augmentation it’s important you find out the answers. That said, we’ll take a deep dive into what this surgery has in store for you.

Types of surgery

When it comes to placement of the implant, you have two options: partial retropectoral (over the muscle) or retromammary placement (under the muscle). Here, you don’t really have a choice in the matter – the type of tissue you have will determine where your implant will go.

Typically, if your surgeon finds that you have thinner tissue, the implant will be best located partially behind muscle to ensure that it remains covered. If it is being placed in front of the muscle, it will be covered by skin and fat. Either way, the implant needs tissue to keep it in place. 


Implant material

The material of the breast implant is a big part of the decision, so it’s important to know what you’re looking at (or rather, what you’re touching). Here’s a rundown of the types of materials you can choose from:

  • Silicone breast implants – These are the most common option as they are filled with a silicone gel that feels more natural than other options. 
  • Saline breast implants – The saline material is another of the more popular picks. As implied, this is simply filled with sterile salt water.
  • Round breast implants – This type of implant covers more surface area of the breast, making it appear fuller. It also has the least chance of moving around as it is so large.
  • Texture breast implants – A textured implant isn’t as rough as it sounds. Designed so that scar tissue sticks to the implant, it is less likely to move around.

[The incision] can be placed in areas that are less obvious than others.

Incision locations

The incision location can be a concern for those considering a boob job. There is obviously a certain degree of discretion that recipients would like – so there’s often a fear the surgery will leave a noticeable scar. We’re here to tell you the not-so-hard truth that while all incisions can be seen (wait for it), they can be placed in areas that are less obvious than others.

There are four common incision locations that doctors use during these procedures. 

  • Inframammary – beneath the breast
  • Periareolar – around the areola
  • Axillary – under the armpit 
  • Umbical – through the stomach 

However, the site of the incision is often a combination of where your surgeon is most comfortable operating, as well as the site that will do the least damage to your tissues. It’s important to note that you don’t want a surgeon who is unable to operate in more than one place as this person is likely not as qualified as others. Look out for doctors insisting there is only one place from which this procedure should be performed! A consultation with your surgeon will be able to tell you which incision location is best for you.

If you have any more questions, or would like to discuss your surgical options with one of our professionals, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’re here to help you make the most informed decision possible about your breast augmentation process.

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