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1805 N California Street, Suite 405 Stockton, CA 95204     (209) 870-7100

Plastic Surgery Questions

Q: I have been considering breast augmentation surgery, but there is so much information on the internet and much of it is contradictory, I don’t know where to begin. What is your advice?

A: Whether you’ve already made the decision to undergo breast augmentation – or are still in the research stage – it’s important to know about the incision sites, placement of the implants and type of implants available for your procedure. After all, the incision site can make a big difference in terms of how visible your scars may be, while implant type and placement can be the deciding factor in how natural your new breasts look and feel.

At the Plastic Surgery Center of Stockton and Lodi, we are dedicated to providing patients with the information they need to make their procedure decisions with confidence and ease.

During the consultation, we will discuss what incisions are best for your desired results. This is based on the type of breast implant to be used, the size of the implant, your body shape and size, and your ultimate goals. There are two classic incision sites, which are the most popular:

Periareolar Incision: An incision is made around the lower half of the areola.

Inframammary Incision: The incision will be made underneath the breast. The incision is usually kept small in order to minimize postsurgical scarring.

Once the incision site has been determined, we will opt to place the breast implant in either one of two locations: Underneath the chest
muscle. This is the most common type of placement, as it helps achieve a natural look, and behind the breast tissue and over the chest muscle.

Today there are numerous implant options, including silicone, saline, round, shaped, textured, etc. In our office over 95% of patients preferred
silicone implants. The benefits of silicone, are a lighter, softer, and more natural feel. There is also a lower deflation rate, less palpability, and less rippling, however, patients can expect to pay slightly more for a silicone breast augmentation.

For a certain population who desire a slightly smaller incision or less costly option, saline implants are often a great alternative to silicone. Ultimately, the patient is the final decision maker so it is important you are comfortable with your implant selection.

Ultimately, all of these factors along with your personalized preferences will determine the final decision.

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