Guide to Breast Augmentation

A Guide to Breast AugmentationA Guide to Breast Augmentation

As one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed today, breast augmentation is a hot topic among patients and plastic surgeons. With breast augmentation, women can enhance the size or shape of their breasts in order to feel more confident. But, what exactly is involved in breast augmentation surgery? Here’s a guide to breast augmentation. 

Choosing Your Implants

Before the breast augmentation procedure can begin, patients must choose the size and type of implants that they desire. This often isn’t an easy decision, but with the help of Dr. Polecritti at the Julian Institute of Plastic Surgery, you can find implants that create the ideal look and feel of the breasts. 


Both saline and silicone implants are available in a broad range of sizes. To determine the right implant size for you, you can try on various options during your consultation. You can also look at photos of other patients and celebrities with implants to find the aesthetic that you like most. 

Saline vs. Silicone

Saline and silicone breast implants are FDA-approved for cosmetic breast enhancement. Saline breast implants contain sterile salt water and are inserted empty, then filled. Silicone implants are made with medical-grade cohesive gel. This gel gives the implant a natural look and feel, as well as the ability to retain its shape. 

Placing The Implants and Incisions

Implant Placement

There are three main options available to you for implant placement. You can choose subglandular placement, in which the implants are placed under the breast tissue and over the pectoralis muscle. On the other hand, the submuscular placement instead involves placing the implants against the chest wall so that they rest under the pectoralis muscle. You can also choose the dual plane technique, in which the implant is placed under the pectoralis muscle at the top of the breast, but is subglandular at the lower portion of the breast. 

Incision Placement

In breast augmentation, the incisions may be placed: 

  • Under the breast, in the inframammary crease
  • In the armpit, inside of the skin that bears hair
  • Along the lower border of the areola 

To schedule your breast augmentation consultation, contact The Julian Institute of Plastic Surgery today.


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