Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure that offers women the ability to change their breasts’ shape and size. Today, thanks to innovative technology, you have more options than ever before when it comes to breast implants. While this is beneficial, it can also decide what type of implant to get more challenging.
Selecting the Right Implant
Modern implants are more advanced than what was available just 10 years ago. You can find many implant styles, ranging from teardrop-shaped (considered anatomically correct) and those shaped with custom dimensions and shapes. You can also find implants that are smooth walled or textured, which function differently depending on the type you choose.
Also, implants can be put in front of or behind the muscle. Incisions for your implants can be done in the breast’s fold (inframammary), around the nipple (periareolar), or under the armpit (transaxillary).
The right incision position is unique to each patient and something you can discuss with your doctor. Thanks to endoscopic technology, the scars created during your implants’ placement are minimal and virtually disappear once fully healed.
The right type of implant for you depends on your individual breast. It would help if you discussed your goals for the implants with your doctor. This will help you figure out what option makes the most sense for you.
Types of Breast Implants Used in a Breast Augmentation Procedure
When you begin looking into breast implant options, you will find there are a few options.
Silicone Gel Implants
A silicone gel implant is considered denser than the saline implants mentioned below. It will flow and move differently in the shell, and many claims it creates a more natural-looking and feeling breast. Also, silicone can be used to help reduce the risk of downward displacement and rippling.
However, unlike the saline implants, the placement of silicone gel implants may require a longer incision, which means a bigger scar. Also, if they rupture, you may not notice the issue. Patients must be at least 22 years old before receiving silicone gel implants.
With saline implants, a silicone shell will be inserted into your body and then filled with saline fluid. The volume will be determined by the size you have selected. Saline has the same consistency as water. Also, saline implants have a much lower rate of revision surgery compared to other options.
Unlike the silicone options mentioned above, saline implants are usually heavier, which means there is a higher risk of downward displacement. Beneath thinner skin, it may be possible to see the folds of the saline implant.
Selecting the Right Size for the Breast Augmentation Procedure
The right size implant for you may not be what you initially think you want. Today, achieving a more natural appearance is desired, rather than the larger implants that were popular in the past. This means when choosing an implant, bigger is not always better.
While you can go bigger, if that is your desire, not all women choose breast augmentation for larger breasts. More and more women are instead choosing this procedure for a subtle and natural-looking enhancement in their size. For many, moderately sized implants can help compliment your body’s natural curves and create a much more balanced figure.
If you want to achieve the most natural results, your implant needs to match your natural breasts’ characteristics and dimensions. You can discuss your specific size needs with your surgeon. During this discussion, your doctor will help you find a size that achieves your goals.
Shape Options for Your Breast Implants
Along with the size of the implants, you also have to consider the shape. You can choose teardrop or round implants. Round implants offer a symmetrical shape, providing your breast with the same fullness level all the way around. The teardrop shape provides more volume at the bottom part of the breast, providing more fullness to the part of your breast located beneath the nipple.
Usually, if you want a more dramatic effect, then round implants are perfect. However, for a natural look, teardrop options are best.
Safety and Breast Augmentation
As with any surgical procedure you may undergo, there is some risk involved. While this is true, breast augmentation is considered a relatively safe procedure. In fact, it has been around for many decades, and countless studies document the safety of this surgical procedure.
Are You Ready for Breast Implants?
Be sure to meet with your surgeon to discuss the options and determine which one will provide you with the desired results. This will help ensure you are fully satisfied with the results achieved. Remember, your surgeon can help guide you to the right implant size and shape for your body, so keep their advice in mind.