What Happens in a Breast Augmentation Consultation?

The most important appointment we’ll have together is your consultation. After examining your breasts and hearing your goals for enhancement, I’ll take multiple measurements to insure that the right fit is accomplished. Following this, you’ll have the opportunity to insert various sizes of breast implants into a soft jog-bra, so you can estimate the results.

Here are some tips to help you make the most of your consultation:

  1. Bring a low-cut, white tee shirt to wear so you can clearly evaluate the amount of cleavage that occurs with various implant sizes.
  2. Bring your Significant Other or close friend with you for feedback. This is a big decision so it’s helpful to have “outside” advice.
  3. When you’ve settled on a size, I’ll come back into the consultation room to see what you’ve decided and give my feedback as well.
  4. Take photos of yourself with the various implants in your bra from the front and the side. Be sure to label them so you know what sizes you inserted in each photo. Tip: write the size on a piece of paper and hold the paper in front of the camera in a corner of the shot. Easy!

Want to find your perfect fit? Schedule a consultation!

Michigan breast augmentationYour breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Raghu Elluru at Southwest Michigan Plastic and Hand Surgery includes a personal implant sizing session, so you can feel the difference between the various implant sizes. Board certified plastic surgeon & breast surgery specialist Dr. Raghu Elluru spends time at each consultation to help you make the right choice. Call 269-329-0655 for your appointment today!

Size Matters—But Size Isn’t Everything!

My objective in every breast augmentation is to create natural results with breast implants that compliment my patients’ body shape, lifestyle and personal goals for enhancement.

Two Limiting Factors in Breast Implant Size

Current Breast Size

Your current breast size determines the amount of breast tissue available to cover your breast implants. If you have very small breasts and taut skin, some implants are too large to be covered. Does this mean you can’t “go large”? No. It means that, if you wish to enlarge your breasts more than 2 cup sizes, you may have to increase implant size in stages to avoid stretch marks and/or tissue damage.

Shoulder and Chest Width

Nobody wants their breasts to extend beyond the sides of the rib cage, i.e., “side boob.” For this reason, I carefully measure the width of your breasts so that the results are attractive both when viewed from the front and the side.

Two Important Questions To Answer When Choosing Breast Implant Size

1. What is your personal style?

Most women have a personal style. Maybe you favor a sporty look in your choice of clothing and accessories. Perhaps you tend toward a more glamorous appearance. Whatever your style, there are options in breast implant size and projection to fit your personal style. Consider this, however: of all reasons to replace implants, the biggest reason is a desire to be larger. On the other hand, going too large can set you up for sagging and back pain down the road.

2. What is your lifestyle?

Women engaged in rigorous sporting activities tend to prefer smaller implants. Intensive physical workouts, even with a snug fitness bra, will contribute to breast bouncing, which can impact the speed of breast sagging. Further, if your implants are too big to allow you to exercise comfortably, you won’t be happy.

Two Facts About Breast Implants & Pregnancy

If you plan to have children, it’s wise to know two basic facts about breast implants & pregnancy:

  1. Most women can breastfeed without problems after breast augmentation
  2. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can increase the likelihood of breast sagging, with or without implants.

Most Women Aren’t Matchy-Matchy in the Breast Department

southwest michigan breast implantsIs one of your breasts larger or smaller than the other? Believe it or not, this is pretty common. Most often this asymmetry is barely noticeable but for some women, it’s a full cup size! One of the many benefits of breast augmentation is my ability to adjust implant sizes so that your breasts are symmetrical when we’re finished!

For a personal consultation to discuss what type of breast implants might be best for your body and lifestyle, call 269-329-0655 to set up your appointment today!

Breast Augmentation Basics

breast implants MichiganBreast augmentation is an outpatient plastic surgery procedure to increase the size of your breasts. Performed on healthy adult women, studies show that this procedure increases self-esteem—and even sexual satisfaction—among women who have it. Breast implant options have steadily increased over the past 20 years, with the availability of multiple sizes, profiles, shapes, textures and materials. Although it’s great to have all these options, it can be intimidating. Fortunately, my Michigan breast augmentation patients have my team and me to guide them! In the meantime, here are some tips:

Soooo Much to Choose From

First, did you know that all breast implants have a silicone outer shell? It’s true. It’s the filling that separates the three types from one another. Here they are:

1. Saline implants: filled with sterile salt water after insertion.

  • Benefits:
    • Most affordable and can be placed in women as young as 18
    • Lower rate of capsular contracture (hardness of the implant) compared with gel filled
    • Allows for a smaller incision since they’re filled after placement
  • Drawbacks:
    • Less “natural” feel than gel or gummy bear implants
    • Implant rupture is immediately obvious, with a flat-tire appearance in that breast

2. Gel-Filled implants: filled with thick silicone gel.

  • Benefits:
    • Feel softer and more natural than saline
    • Lower rate of rippling compared with saline, a problem more often experienced by thinner women
    • If they rupture, you don’t immediately have a “flat tire” appearance
  • Drawbacks:
    • Cost more than saline implants
    • Require a larger incision than saline implants
    • Risk of capsular contracture is higher than with saline
    • Invisible ruptures are tougher to identify than with saline implants

3. Gummy Bear implants: filled with cohesive silicone gel. Also called “form stable.”

  • Benefits:
    • Holds its original shape the longest of the three implant types
    • Won’t leak if it ruptures
    • Has a teardrop shape compared with saline & gel-filled which are round, so they look more like natural breasts
  • Drawbacks:
    • Most expensive of the three types
    • Potentially less full appearance above the breasts compared with saline & gel-filled
    • Because they are contoured, if they rotate inside the breast, asymmetry occurs and a re-do is in order
    • Less risk of capsular contracture

When you set up your consultation, Dr. Elluru will discuss the needs and concerns most important to you and help you decide on the implant filling that will work best for you.  Call 269-329-0655 for your appointment today!