What Are Your Breast Implant Options?

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery options year after year. One of the reasons is that this surgery is appropriate for women of all ages. 

Whether you are a young woman who has always been dissatisfied with the size or appearance of their small or underdeveloped breasts, or a postpartum woman who experience significant breast deflation after one or more pregnancies, breast augmentation can revamp your entire appearance and give you the size (and confidence) to show off the bustline you have always wanted. 

Even though the goal of all breast augmentation surgeries are the same (to increase the volume and shape of the breasts), women turn to this procedure for a number of different reasons. Because of this, each surgery must be tailored to the individual patient. 

In addition, modern advancements in implant options and surgical techniques have given this surgery more customization than ever before. 

So, before you go under the knife for your breast enhancement surgery, let’s take a look at some of the most pressing choices that need to be made. 

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation surgery is a cosmetic plastic surgery that uses implants and/or natural fat to increase the volume of the breasts. 

What Are Implants Made Out Of?

Modern day implants are made out of saline or silicone materials. 

  • Saline implants consist of a saline saltwater encased in a silicone shell.
  • Silicone implants consist of a cohesive silicone gel enhanced in a silicone shell.

Silicone implants are available in a wide range of consistencies. Thicker silicone gel implants (commonly known as gummy bear implants) tend to keep their shape more than more traditional, less-cohesive implants. There is no “better” option. It all comes down to personal preference. 

Are All Implants the Same Shape?

While most saline implants have a round shape (due to the thin consistency of the filling material), silicone implants can be round or anatomical (gummy bear). 

Round implants have a spherical shape. That means these implants provide equal fullness to the upper and lower poles of the breast. 

Anatomical implants have a teardrop shape. These implants are fuller at the bottom of the implant than they are at the top. Because of this, anatomical implants are sometimes thought to be more natural-looking, since they mimic the slope of a natural breast.

What Is a Textured Implant?

In earlier days, all implants were made with a smooth silicone surface. This allowed the implant to rotate freely in the breast pocket. Since all implants were round at this time, it didn’t really matter much; however, since some implants are now shaped, it does. 

Shaped implants (gummy bear implants) often have a rough texture. This texture adheres to the natural breast tissue to restrict movement. This keeps the implant in place, without causing any aesthetic distortion.

What Is Breast Implant Profile?

Breast implant profile also describes the shape of the implant, specifically the difference between the base of the implant and how far the implant projects in the chest.

  • Low profile implants have a wide base but do not project far from the chest (essentially they are flatter). This is best for taller women with broader chest walls.
  • Moderate profile implants are best for women of average height and chest width. These have a narrower base and project further than low profile implants.
  • High and ultra high profile implants have even a narrower base than moderate implants but project further in the chest. These are best for more petite women with small or narrow chest walls.

How Do I Determine the Best Implant Size?

Implants are measured in cubic centimeters (CC’s). This gives the most scientifically accurate measurement. 

Often, women come into their consultation saying that they want to be a full “C” or a “DD.” The problem with this is that all bras are sized differently. One “C” cup may fit great but another may be way too small. These sizes are not a scientific measurement.

While it is great to know roughly the size you desire, you will need to decide for sure once you get into your surgeon’s office during the consultation. Fortunately, your plastic surgeon will offer tools to help you. Some surgeons offer 3D imaging, whereas others allow you to try on sizers to determine the best size for you.

Is a Breast Augmentation Enough?

While breast augmentation can increase the volume of the breasts, it cannot help breasts that are significantly deflated or sagging. When this occurs, as is common after weight loss or childbirth, a breast lift is also necessary.

Will a Breast Implant Ruin My Chances of Breastfeeding?

While there is always a chance that breast augmentation can interfere with breastfeeding, most women with implants experience no complications.

What Is the Next Step?

If you are interested in increasing the volume of your breasts with implants, the next step is to meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area. They will be able to guide you on the next steps.

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