Breast augmentation continues to be the most popular cosmetic procedure, and it only gets better. Women can personalize their look and get the results they desire, because of the extensive range of breast implants now available. So one of the top questions women ask their plastic surgeon is – Which type of breast implant should I get.
Which type of breast implants should you get?
There are various types of breast implants, and they are available in different sizes, shapes, textures, and brands.
Below are some of the facts women should review when deciding the type of implant to get.
Silicone or saline implants
Silicone implants contain silicone gel and are FDA approved for women 22 years and older. One of the main advantages of these implants is that they feel more like natural breast tissue than saline implants. However, there are some disadvantages. It is difficult to detect a rupture with a silicone implant, because the silicone gel tends to remain in place. Also, the incisions may be somewhat larger when compared to those required for silicone implants.
Saline implants are approved for women 18 years and older, and contain sterile salt water. They are filled at the time of surgery and can therefore be inserted through somewhat smaller incisions. It’s a lot easier to spot a rupture with a saline implant, because the solution leaks out of the shell causing it to deflate. The saline solution can be absorbed by the body without any side-effects.
Implant shape – Round or tear-drop shaped implants
Round breast implants are circular all around, while tear-drop (anatomical) shaped implants are narrow at the top, and wider at the bottom. Although teardrop implants look more like the natural breast, round implants are actually the more popular choice.
When determining which breast implant shape is best for you, it’s helpful to consider how well it will suit your body type, as well as the incision technique that will be used.
Although choosing the right size breast implant is a very personal one, there are still some factors patients need to consider. The amount of breast tissue you already have is important, as the tissue must be able to provide proper support for the implant.
If the implant is too large to be accommodated by the breast tissue, it will cause the skin to stretch and surgery may be needed to correct the problem.
Implants that are too large in comparison to the amount of breast tissue may increase the risk of surgical complications.
Your plastic surgeon is a very good resource in helping to determine the right size breast implant for you, as they can take specific measurements to assess dimensions that can guide your decision.
Breast implants typically have either a smooth or rough, textured surface. There is no consensus among plastic surgeons regarding which implant texture is superior. However, research indicates that smooth implants are more likely to be affected by a complication known as capsular contracture. Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue that naturally forms around the breast implant tightens, causing the breast to feel hard.
Textured implants are also beneficial, because they stay in place much better than smooth implants. Despite this, smooth implants are the more popular choice today.
Your plastic surgeon will review the risks of smooth and textured implants to help you decide which would be best for you.
The profile of the breast implant refers to the degree to which the implant projects forward from the chest wall, in relation to the base width of the implant.
There are several implant profiles to choose from including low, moderate, moderate-plus, high, and ultra-high. High profile implants are narrower at the base and provide optimal projection from the body, while low profile implants have less projection and a wider base width. The other implant profiles are variations of these extremes.
The type of implant profile you choose will depend on your body characteristics, as well as the type of results you are looking for.
If you are in the San Francisco or Walnut Creek CA areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Andrew Barnett MD, to find out more about breast augmentation surgery and breast implants.
Call (415) 879-8735 today to set up a consultation.