Better Breasts: What’s the Difference Between Breast Augmentation and Breast Implants?

Breast enhancements have been the most popular cosmetic surgery of American women for over ten years.

If you are considering a surgical procedure, you may be confused by what is the difference between breast augmentation and breast implants.

Our short guide will guide you through the differences between the two terms and give you an insight into the best way to cosmetically enhance your breasts.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is the scientific name for the procedure in which a woman modifies her body with breast surgery. This is done by placing a breast implant inside the breast tissue or under the chest muscle to enhance the look and size.

There are many reasons a woman may choose to undergo such a procedure. These could include wishing to enhance the size or shape of the breast for cosmetic reasons. Or it may also be for reconstructive purposes after a major surgical intervention, such as a mastectomy.

The breast augmentation procedure inserts an implant into the breast. Alternatively, you can have a fat transfer breast augmentation where fat is taken from another part of the body and placed into the breast instead of an implant.

What are Breast Implants?

Breast implants are the name of the medical inserts that are placed into the body during a breast augmentation.

They are usually made from either saline or silicone or a combination of both. A saline implant is constructed from a silicone shell with a pouch of sterilized saline water inside.

Fully silicone implants are also an option and are made from silicone gel instead of water. Many women choose this option because they feel much more like a natural breast to the touch.

It is a common misconception that silicone implants will last forever. Modern implants are extremely safe and last for a long time, around 10-15 years. However, after this time, the advice is to have them replaced.

An annual checkup is also recommended. An experienced cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Aslam would be able to advise you as to the best solution for you.

How to Choose the Right Implants

One thing you need to consider is the size and shape of your implants. There are two main choices when it comes to shaping: round or tear-drop. Round implants will give a large round appearance, whereas many consider the teardrop shape a better mimicry of a natural breast.

When it comes to size, much will depend on the material you choose for the implant. Many women are now opting for the more natural process of having fat injections instead of physical silicone implants.

However, fat injections will limit you to an increase of only two cup sizes. If you would like larger breasts, you will have to consider another option.

Breast Augmentation and Breast Implants – Understanding the Difference

Often the terms breast augmentation and breast implants are confused and used interchangeably. But, simply put, augmentation is the enhancement procedure, and breast implants are the insertions.

Talk to your local cosmetic surgeon about which surgical solution is the right one for you.

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