Thinking about Breast Implants? By on August 21, 2013

Northwest Plastic Surgery wants potential patients to be informed on the basics of breast augmentation.  Breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures done with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reporting over 285,000 breast augmentations done in 2012.  Breast Augmentation is a safe way to enhance your figure and there are several aspects of the procedure you should know about.  

Breast Implant Type:


Silicone implant technology has improved significantly over the past several years and have FDA approval for breast augmentation

Current implants are a cohesive gel, which decrease the chance of silicone leaking

Women often say that silicone implants give a softer more natural feel when compared to saline implants

There are similar rates of leakage between saline and silicone implants


Saline implants are filled with saline which is completely absorbed by the body if a rupture occurs

Saline implants are able to give a great natural appearance as well but some patients feel they are less natural feeling

Incision Placement

Patients have the option to choose between 3 incision types

Inframammary - this incision is located just underneath your breast and is usually well hidden beneath your breast

Axillary - this incision is located under your armpit

Periareolar - this incision lies within the areola 

Implant Placement

Subglandular - the implant is placed underneath the breast gland but on top of the pectoralis muscle

Submuscular - the implant is placement underneath both the breast gland and pectoralis muscle


Come speak to one of the well qualified plastic surgeons at Northwest Plastic Surgery to guide you through the process and help you reach your goals successfully!


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Stephen P. Hardy, M.D.

Stephen P. Hardy, M.D.

Dr. Stephen P. Hardy is a renowned plastic surgeon with prestigious national affiliations:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA)

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