If you’ve decided to undergo breast augmentation, there are many important choices you need to make to achieve the attractive breasts you desire. Selecting the right implants is likely to be the most difficult and time consuming decision, so be sure to find out what your choices are for breast implants.
Why choose breast augmentation
Many women opt to undergo breast augmentation to reverse changes in the breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Weight loss and aging can also have lasting effects on the shape and size of the breasts, causing them to lose volume and look deflated. Breast augmentation will enhance the shape of the breasts, and increase their size. Women that feel their breasts are too small or asymmetrical, also opt for breast augmentation.
Understanding breast implant choices
There are many aspects to breast implants, as they are available in various shapes, sizes, textures, and profiles. Final results will also be impacted by the width, height, and projection of the implants.
Since there are so many factors to consider, your plastic surgeon will work closely with you to find the implant that is the best fit for your body type, as there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
Choices for breast implants include the following:
- Saline implants
These implants contain a sterile saline solution, and are filled after they are placed in the breast. Should a rupture occur with saline implants it is immediately noticeable. The saline solution will be absorbed and then expelled from the body. Since saline implants are filled on placement, a smaller incision is required, and the size can be adjusted as needed. Saline implants are FDA approved for women 18 years and older.
- Silicone Implants
Silicone implants are a popular choice for breast augmentation, primarily because they produce a more natural result than saline implants, as they mimic the look and feel of natural breast tissue. They are FDA approved for women 22 years and older, and are pre-filled with silicone gel. Since Silicone implants are filled prior to surgery, they require a larger incision.
- Form-stable silicone implants
These are also referred to as ‘gummy bear implants,’ because they keep their shape even if the implant shell is broken. They are made of thicker silicone than the normal silicone implants, and this allows them to remain in place when there is a rupture. Gummy bear implants are less prone to wrinkling because of their thickness, and have a lower rate of capsular contracture. Capsular contracture is a complication linked to breast augmentation that occurs when scar tissue develops around the implant.
- Round shaped Implants
Round implants are circular in shape and give the breasts a fuller appearance in the upper pole. Round implants don’t normally rotate or shift out of place, so there is less chance of complications such as bottoming out.
- Tear drop shaped implants
These implants are also known as anatomical shaped implants and have textured surfaces. Tear drop shaped implants are thinner at the top and fuller at the bottom, which is similar to the natural shape of the breast.
Breast implants may also be smooth or textured. Smooth implants are generally softer and therefore look and feel a lot like the natural breast. However, they may shift position over time and cause visible rippling.
Textured implants have a rough outer texture that allows them to stick to the body’s tissue. As a result, they tend to stay in position, and have a low risk of capsular contracture.
The profile of the implant is another important consideration when choosing breast implants. The profile refers to the projection of the breast from the chest wall. Implants may be placed in either the subglandular or submuscular region.
In order to have the best breast implant surgery possible and achieve the results you desire, it’s important to be involved in all the decisions relating to surgery. Understanding your choices for breast implants will help you make an informed decision.
If you are in The Woodlands or Houston, TX areas, contact board certified plastic surgery Dr. Bryan Correa of Correa Plastic Surgery to learn more about breast augmentation.
Call (281) 884-3189 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Correa.