Your Guide to Choosing Your Breast Implants
May 14, 2017
Choosing your breast implants is one of the most important decisions that you will make during your breast augmentation journey. Breast implants are designed to last for many years, so it’s important that you choose a pair that you are very satisfied with. In this blog post, the Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton share a few guidelines for choosing breast implants.
Choosing Your Breast Implant Size
Are you looking for a subtle boost in breast size or a more noticeable increase? Before settling on a breast implant size, there are several factors you will need to consider including your body type and frame. If you are petite with little body fat or thin skin, a smaller implant size may be best. Opting for overly large breast implants may cause you to look “top heavy.” If you are tall, a larger breast size may help bring proportion and balance to your overall figure.
When describing their ideal breast size, most women tend to reference a certain bra-cup size. However, be aware that bra-cup sizes vary by manufacturer. Implants are measured by cubic centimeters of filling material. During your consultation with our team, we will have you try on breast implant sizers so you can better visualize your results.
Silicone vs. Saline
There are two main types of implants to choose from: silicone gel and saline. Silicone implants are pre-filled with a thick silicone gel that mimics the movement of natural breast tissue. Many women prefer silicone gel implants over saline implants because they have a more natural look and feel. The principal drawback with silicone implants is that ruptures and leaks are hard to detect. In case of a rupture, the filling material stays intact within the implant pocket. Leaks and ruptures can only be detected with a breast imaging exam (e.g., MRI or mammogram).
Saline implants are placed into the breasts empty and then filled with sterile saline solution. Ruptures and leaks are much easier to detect because the saline solution is safely absorbed by the body and the implant will appear flat. An additional benefit of saline implants is that they require smaller incisions than silicone implants because the implants are filled after they have been inserted into place.
Round vs. Teardrop
Breast implants come in two main shapes: round and teardrop. Round breast implants, as the name suggests, are proportionate and symmetrical. Teardrop implants, also known as anatomical implants, are preferred by many women because they mimic the shape of natural breasts. Teardrop implants fill out more on the bottom than the top.
To learn more about breast implants or breast augmentation surgery, schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton. Please call (561) 393-6400 today.