Breast augmentation can enhance the beauty, shape, and size of a woman’s breasts to improve her appearance and feminine confidence. In order to achieve your desired appearance, it is important to make the right choices about your implants. Breast implants come in different styles so that women of all different body types and preferences can achieve their desired results. Here are some of the key distinguishing factors between the different breast implant options to help you choose which implant is right for you based on the results you desire.
Implant sizes are measured in cubic centimeters (cc’s) of volume. The volume of a breast implant does not correspond to cup size since the volume of your existing breast tissue will affect your resulting breast size. Therefore, it may be difficult to determine what size you need. Nonetheless, as you tell Dr. Baker about your desired results, he will be able to assist you in recommending an appropriate implant size for your needs.
Breast implants come in a silicone shell and are filled with either saline solution or silicone gel. Silicone-gel implants, simply referred to as silicone implants, are FDA approved for women ages 22 and older. Silicone implants resemble the appearance and feel of natural breast tissue and will retain their shape in the event of implant rupture. Saline implants are FDA approved for women ages 18 and older and are firmer in shape. Saline implants will deflate in the event of implant rupture, and they are more prone to rippling or waving. Silicone implants must be pre-filled, requiring a larger incision. Saline implants, on the other hand, can be inserted through a smaller incision and then filled after insertion.
Implants are either round or anatomically shaped. Round implants are spherical in shape and have uniform fullness, which gives more fullness to both the upper and lower breast. When properly sized, round implants can achieve a natural breast shape. Round implants are less prone to wrinkling, provide more projection, and can produce more cleavage. Anatomically shaped implants slope downward and are fuller at the bottom like natural breast tissue. If anatomically shaped implants rotate, they may cause an unnatural breast shape.
Breast implants have either a smooth or textured outer shell. Smooth implants use a thin shell and are less likely to cause noticeable rippling. Often, women will choose a smooth texture for round implants. Textured implants have an irregular, rubbery pattern that attaches to the tissues surrounding the breast pocket, inhibiting implant movement. For this reason, women who choose anatomically shaped implants often choose textured implants to limit rotation. Textured implants may cause a rippled appearance due to irregular scar tissue formation. They are often used for breast revision patients who have a history of capsular contracture.
When it comes to breast augmentation, women have many implant designs to choose from. Consider the above information as you decide which implant will help you to achieve your desired results. Dr. Stephan Baker is an experienced plastic surgeon and can help you choose an implant style that is right for your unique desires and goals.
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