Breast Augmentation: Factors to Consider

October 2, 2017

Breast augmentation continues to be one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for women in the U.S. Patients can often get confused or feel overwhelmed when they start to research different surgical techniques and select the best type of implant. To help make this process a bit easier, we will discuss some of the most important factors to consider when it comes to breast augmentation.

Implant Size

The breast implant size is one of the most important characteristics that will determine the end result of the breast augmentation. Choosing the right implant size usually comes down to a combination of the patient’s unique anatomy and how natural the patient would like the end result to look.

The best way to determine what size is right for you is to consult with an experienced, licensed plastic surgeon. He or she will be able to educate you on how each size implant will alter your physique. Patients should ask to view before and after images of previous patients who have a similar body frame. This will help them get a better idea of what that size implant may look like on their own body.

Saline vs. Silicone

Another factor that patients will need to consider is whether they want silicone or saline implants. Saline implants are filled with sterile saline. These implants are filled by the surgeon after they are placed. This type of implant is convenient as it allows the surgeon to set the implants in order to get the desired outcome for the patient before filling the implant.

Silicone implants are intended to mimic the natural feel of human fat. These types of implants are often thought to be more natural in appearance and feel. Unlike saline, silicone implants are fully-filled when they are placed in the body.

Breast Implant Surface

Patients can also choose between breast implants with a smooth or textured surface. Smooth implants tend to have a slightly lower rupture rate and also last longer. While textured implants have a thicker shell, which makes them feel firmer.

If you have questions or want more information about breast augmentation, please give us a call.