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How Breast Augmentation Can Give You the Aesthetic You Desire

Everyone has different goals for their appearance, and breasts are no different. If you’re not satisfied with yours, breast augmentation is the best way to get the chest shape and size you desire. 

At Southwest Michigan Plastic and Hand Surgery in Portage, MI, we offer natural breast augmentation. We will help you select the best procedure for your aesthetic goals and current chest size. 

When you’re considering breast augmentation, it is important to know the basics and what to expect. 

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is an outpatient surgery that modifies your breast size and shape to be more flattering to your figure and enhance your overall appearance.

There are different types of breast augmentation. Depending on your goals and medical history, we will help you decide which is best for you. 

Saline Implants

Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. If the saline solution in these implants happened to come into contact with your system, your body would absorb it naturally. 

This type of breast implant creates a firmer, rounder, perkier appearance than other implant types. Saline implants are a great option for patients who want very round, firm breasts. They are popular among many younger patients and patients with lots of existing breast tissue. 

Gel-Filled Implants

Silicone breast implants, now known as gel-filled implants, have a more natural feel and appearance than saline implants. They are made of an exterior shell that contains a gel substance. 

Gel-filled implants are less firm than saline implants. When you feel your breasts after getting these implants, they will feel very similar to natural breast tissue. Many patients prefer this natural shape and texture that enhances their chests.

Gummy Bear Implants

Similar to silicone gel-filled implants, gummy bear implants have a natural feel and a more flexible shape than saline implants. 

Many patients favor gummy bear implants because they are firm and stable. The gel inside gummy bear implants remains inside for longer periods than other implants. 

Your breasts will have a firmer and perkier appearance after getting gummy bear implants. During your personalized consultation, we will discuss whether gel-filled or gummy bear implants are better for you. 

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Instead of traditional breast implants, you can opt for a fat transfer breast augmentation. This procedure involves harvesting excess body fat from other areas of your body and transferring the fat to your breasts. 

We start by performing liposuction in areas with unwanted body fat. The liposuction tool sucks the extra fat out of your body and into a tube. We might target one or more of these common areas: 

  • Waist
  • Arms
  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Calves
  • Knees

These areas of your body are likely to hold on to stubborn fat that gets in the way of your desired appearance. 

We then process the body fat to remove any other fluids and purify it. Then, we transfer this purified body fat to your breasts in carefully targeted areas to create a more flattering shape. We typically perform small or medium fat transfer breast augmentations. 

Due to the nature of the procedure, we do not inject a large amount of fat. This makes fat transfer a good procedure for patients who only want to add a little volume to their breasts. 

Consider a Breast Lift and Augmentation

Many patients get breast lifts along with breast augmentation. While implants or fat transfer can increase the volume of your breasts, these procedures will not necessarily lift your breast tissue. 

During a breast lift, we make incisions near your breasts and move the tissue upward to give a perkier appearance to your chest. 

Breast lifts are designed to keep your breasts in a higher position on your chest. This gives your chest a more youthful look, especially if you have undergone pregnancy, breastfeeding, and aging. 

Who Should Get Breast Augmentation?

Good candidates for breast augmentation include patients who want to bump up the volume of their breast size. If you desire a rounder or more natural-looking breast shape, we can recommend specific types of implants to meet your needs. 

There are a few factors that determine whether you are an ideal candidate for breast augmentation.

Good General Health

You should be in good general health before undergoing this procedure. We will evaluate your medical history to determine whether you are a good candidate during your initial consultation.

There are some things you can do to remain in good health before surgery:

  • Stop smoking
  • Eat a nutritious diet
  • Exercise often
  • Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs

These steps will increase your chances of approval for breast augmentation.

Clear Schedule for the Recovery Period

Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, which means that you do not have to spend multiple days in the surgery center afterward. However, you should still plan to take a few weeks off from your normal routine to recover.

If this does not work with your schedule, we recommend waiting for breast surgery until you can carve out some recovery time.

Past Pregnancies and Breastfeeding

At Southwest Michigan Plastic and Hand Surgery, we are dedicated to providing you with the chest aesthetic that you desire. If you are near Portage, MI, and want to transform your breasts with implants or fat transfer, we are ready to meet you. Book your consultation today.


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