Before you undergo breast augmentation, you must choose what type of breast implants you want. Here are some of the different breast implant options and how to choose which type of implant will help you achieve the results you desire from you breast augmentation procedure.
Material: Silicone or Saline
Breast implants are made of a silicone shell and can be filled with either a silicone gel or a saltwater solution. Silicone implants are pre-filled and create a more natural feel and appearance. Saline implants can be filled after insertion and usually create a harder and fuller look. Of the two materials, saline implants are more affordable but are also more likely to rupture. If a saline implant ruptures, it is immediately noticeable as the saline is absorbed by the body. If a silicone implant ruptures, it may only be detectable by an MRI. The FDA has approved saline implants for breast augmentation in women ages 18 and older and silicone implants for breast augmentation in women ages 22 and older.
Shape: Round or Anatomical
Breast implants can be either round or anatomically shaped. Round implants have an even fullness throughout the implant, whereas anatomical implants are fuller at the bottom like natural breasts. Round implants tend to create a more voluptuous look and add more cleavage, and any implant rotation will not affect the appearance of the breasts. Anatomically shaped implants create a more natural look, but implant rotation could alter the appearance of the breasts.
Shell Texture: Smooth or Textured
Breast implants can have a smooth or textured outer shell. Smooth implants have a slippery surface and are more likely to rotate in the breast pocket. Textured implants have an irregular surface that increases the friction between the implants and the tissue capsule within the breast, which makes them less likely to rotate after insertion. Textured implants may be more likely to show noticeable rippling, though this can be minimized with under-the-muscle implant placement.
Profile: Low, Moderate, or High
Breast implants come in a variety of base widths and forward projections. A low-profile implant has a wide base and limited forward projection while a high-profile implant has a narrow base and more substantial forward projection. The patient’s natural breast location and chest wall width play a significant role in how different implant profiles can change the appearance of the breasts.
The various sizes, profiles, textures, shapes, and materials of breast implants can each contribute to a different look. In choosing the appropriate implant for you, you should know what results you want and how each implant option could help you to achieve your desired look. During your consultation, Dr. Hand will use his expertise and 3D imaging to show you how the implants could look on your chest. He will guide you in choosing the implant type that will best achieve your goals.
Dr. Terry Hand is an experienced plastic surgeon and can help you choose your perfect implant based on your goals, desires, and anatomic realities. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Hand, call us at (415) 461-6742 or fill out our online contact form today.