What is the Difference between a Breast Augmentation and Breast Implants?

Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. and has been for several years in a row! Hundreds of thousands of women undergo this procedure in America every year. Breast augmentation gives you control of your breast size and shape, making it possible to have the bust that matches your self-image and confidence.

Two athletic women in the gym give each other a high fiveSome people think of breast implants and breast augmentation as being one in the same. That’s not quite the case. Breast augmentation is the procedure, and breast implants are prosthetic devices used in the vast majority of breast augmentations. It is possible to complete a breast augmentation using a fat transfer instead of breast implants, although the increase in size is more limited with this option.

Fat transfer takes fat from an area of excess, like the thighs, abdomen or back, and then the surgeon injects the processed fat into the breasts to increase size and improve overall shape. Breast implants are placed inside the breasts, serving as physical prosthetics. There are several implant options to choose from in order to customize your breast augmentation:

  • Implant size
  • Implant type (saline or silicone)
  • Implant shape (round or anatomic)
  • Implant profile

These options make it possible to create the shape, size, cleavage, look and feel that you want. While breast implants are not lifetime devices, many women have them for years before deciding to replace them. You may also need to replace them because of some issue related to wear and tear, like rippling, wrinkling or implant deflation.

There is a lot to consider if you are thinking about getting a breast enlargement. Dr. Farris empowers you with reliable information and experienced guidance.

If you are interested in breast augmentation with breast implants and you live in Dallas, Texas, or the surrounding areas, please call Farris Plastic Surgery at 214-363-1073. We are happy to answer your questions and arrange a consultation for you with Dr. Zachary Farris, a double-board certified plastic surgeon committed to achieving beautiful, flattering results for each of his guests.

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