Women seeking breast augmentation should seek advice from a Specialist Plastic Surgeon as to the appropriate type of augmentation they should have.
There are literally hundreds of different types of breast implants from at least half a dozen manufacturers which are free to sell their products in Australia. The skill of a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon is to tailor the breast augmentation to the patient. The old fashioned method of the surgeon picking or using one of half a dozen implants for every patient is no longer applicable in most patients. A skilled Specialist Plastic Surgeon will measure the patient's breast dimensions to determine the range of implants which would fit inside the patient's breasts and over their existing breast footprint. The projection of the implant will then determine the ultimate volume and consequently a cup size. In some cases, an appropriately selected implant of a smaller volume, may give a more aesthetic result than an implant of a larger volume with all other things being equal, if the implnat is more closely matched to the patient's anatomy. With this in mind, it is a little artificial for patients to look at the volume of breast implants alone when considering the size of implant they would like to have. A properly selected implant can produce a very nice aesthetic result with a natural outcome whilst still producing the desired increase in cup size. An improperly selected implant may result in breasts that are too high, too wide or unnatural looking.
Similarly implants that are placed in the wrong plane (for example in front of the pectoralis major muscle when they should be most appropriately placed behind the pec major muscle) can produce results that are unaesthetic, unnatural and may be a source of concern for the patients.
Specialist Plastic Surgeons are trained to see things in an aesthetic manner and will usually provide advice which will produce a result in keeping with the patient's desires with an acceptable level of safety and skill.
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