Breast Augmentation Surgery and You

In today's world many woman feel their breasts don't live up to standards, or are not big enough. With this belief there is only one solution. Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that uses implants to refine the shape and size of the breasts. Recently, the FDA has lifted the restriction on the use of silicone implants allowing patients the choice between silicone and saline breast augmentation. Breast augmentation has seen a dramatic increase in popularity over the past three or four years, a testimony to the high satisfaction rate that most women give to the results of the surgery.

There is considerable controversy among surgeons over breast implants, particularly those related to decisions about size and shape. The size and shape of the breast implants are decisions that are mostly subjective and are governed by prevailing taste. Adding to the confusion is the fact that nobody really agrees about what the appropriate size of the ideal breast actually is. To resolve these issues in many plastic surgeons' offices, they first perform detailed measurements and estimate a reasonable implant volume, based upon the tissue characteristics that they measure. This size becomes our starting point for the next step of the process.

To help their patients better visualize the suggested volume, plastic surgeons like Dr F Palmer have them use "sizer" bras with different sized sizer implants to demonstrate the effects on them. By standing in front of a mirror with these sizers in their own clothes, patients can more appropriately appreciate what is ideal for them. Within reason, plastic surgeons let their patients pick their own size of implants. If the patient's choice differs dramatically from what their surgeon thinks their tissues will accept, they then try to compromise. It is paternalistic of your surgeon to choose the "correct" implant size for a patient. What they think is the right size may have nothing to do with what women think is the right size. It is far more important to please the patient's body image than a surgeons sense of beauty.

By combining the biodimensional measurements with the patient trial sizers, plastic surgeons like Dr Lloyd Krieger are now able to have uniformly happy patients and have greatly reduced implant size exchanges. Recovery time depends on the type of procedure and ranges from two days to one week. The discomfort ranges from mild, when the implant is placed above the muscle, to moderate, when the implant is placed below the muscle.