A breast augmentation, or “boob job,” is a procedure that adds volume to one or both of the breasts. It has been one of the top five cosmetic surgeries since 2006, and millions of women safely undergo augmentation every year. Deciding to commit to plastic surgery is a deeply personal decision, but a trustworthy surgeon can help you decide if it’s truly right for you.
At Laughlin Plastic Surgery in Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Laughlin and his team offer breast augmentation to those seeking a change to their body.
An overview of breast augmentation
During augmentation mammoplasty, implants are used to enhance the size and shape of your breasts. This is done by making an incision somewhere on your torso, and slipping the implants into place from there.
There are three different types of incisions: inframammary, auxiliary, and periareolar. An inframammary incision is made under the crease of the breast, an auxiliary under the arm, and a periareolar around the nipple.
There is also the matter of material; you have the choice between silicone and saline implants. Silicone implants feel softer and more natural, but a leak can cause a medical emergency. Saline implants are typically safer, and can be altered in size easily.
If you’re serious about pursuing a breast augmentation, your surgeon will go over each of these options with you to help you make informed decisions.
When to consider a breast augmentation
Every patient has their own personal reasons for seeking out breast augmentation, but some of the most commonly cited are:
- Naturally flat or small breasts
- Asymmetrical breasts
- Volume loss, often caused by breastfeeding or weight loss
- Reconstruction after a mastectomy
Breast implants can also boost your self-confidence, helping you feel more comfortable in your clothes and swimsuits.
However, it cannot cure body dysmorphia, so make sure to talk to a counselor if you feel extremely anxious or embarrassed about your own body. That might be a sign that your problems have less to do with your breasts, and more to do with your self-image.
It’s also important to make the distinction between a breast augmentation and a breast lift. Augmentation is meant to enhance the size and shape of the breasts, not correct issues like drooping or sagging.
If you’re looking to make your breasts perkier and more youthful, you might need a breast lift instead. You can also talk to your surgeon about having both done during the same procedure, if you want to add volume and lift at the same time.
Considering breast augmentation? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Laughlin to learn more and decide if it’s right for you. Just call 410-205-5629 or visit the contact page for more information.