Breast augmentation offers women the opportunity to create sensuous curves and fullness Mother Nature didn’t bless them with. With numerous types and sizes of implants to select from today, you can get the precise look and proportions you want to enhance your body contour. At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we offer a wide range of options and the professional assistance necessary to help you choose the best breast implant for you.
Saline or Silicone
Breast implants consist of silicone shells that are filled with either a saline solution or a silicone substance. There are numerous factors that will go into determining which type of breast implant will provide you with the best results:
- Body Size – smaller women often find the silicone implants give them a more natural result
- Incision Size – saline implants require smaller incisions because they are filled after they are placed in the breast tissue
- Risks – silicone implants have a lower risk of rippling but if a rupture occurs, it is easier to detect with a saline implant
- Implant placement – if the implant will be placed on top of the pectoral muscle, silicone implants tend to provide a more natural result
- Size Adjustment – saline implants can be adjusted once they are in the breast by simply adding or removing a portion of the saline solution
- Age – saline implants are available to patients 18 and over, while silicone implants are approved for patients 22 and over
Shape and Texture
Shape and texture are additional choices a woman will need to make as she prepares for her breast augmentation procedure. Implants come in both round and teardrop shapes, which each have unique benefits and drawbacks:
Round Shape – provides fullness in both the top and bottom of the breast, may see the edges of the implant in smaller women or when placed above the pectoral muscle
Teardrop Shape – anatomically closer to the natural breast shape, does not provide as much fullness on top, if implant rotates in the breast, the move will be visible
Implants also come with smooth or textured outer shells. Textured implants are touted as having a lower risk of capsular contracture and some studies have supported that theory. However, there does not appear to be a difference in risk factors for implants placed underneath the pectoral muscle. Textured shells may also adhere better to the breast tissue, reducing the risk for migration or rotation of the implant inside the breast.
Getting the Size Right
Often, one of the hardest choices women have to make in anticipation of their breast augmentation procedure is the size implant they want. As a general rule, bigger is not always better. It is preferable to choose an implant size in proportion to the rest of your body profile to ensure a natural, beautiful results.
Breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters or cc. However, your Cosmetic surgeon will understand what type of result you are looking for based on the cup size you are envisioning, making it easier for you to communicate your specific desires with your doctor. Surgeons also have technology that allows you to “see” how your new implants might look and even prosthetics to try on to see how your new implants might feel.
Breast augmentation is a highly personal decision that should be made between a woman and her Cosmetic surgeon. If you would like to learn more about your choices in breast augmentation, contact Southern California Center for Surgical Arts at 818-696-4425 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Elias today.