Breast Implants: How to Choose The Right Option

Today, more so than ever, the options available to those considering Breast Augmentation are better than ever. With everything from size, look, and feel of an implant, there are so many options to choose from.


Implant Shape

Implants come in two shapes, round and teardrop, and will yield two vastly different results, which is important to understand when choosing what is better for your figure. Round is a quite popular shape and looks like a flat disc. What’s good about the round shape is the variety of options that are available to achieve different projections (the distance from the chest wall in profile), so you can create a look suited for your figure. Round implants are good for overall volume, filling out the top of the breast, and getting better cleavage. Because of their symmetry, you won’t have to worry about implant rotation, but some believe the result might look more artificial.

The second option is the teardrop shape, which mimics more closely the natural shape of the breast. This option, though it holds less filler at the top, actually delivers the most projection, as the bulk of its volume is situated at the bottom of the implant. Teardrop implants can also be pricier than round. To reduce the risk of movement or rotation, the implants are texturized and therefore cost more. This is something to consider if the budget will play a factor in your final decision. However, if you want to go larger with less risk of looking “done,” the teardrop shape is for you.

Cup Size

Remember numbers aren’t everything. Because everyone’s shape is different, certain cup sizes will look different on each body. It’s best when doing research to focus on overall look rather than the actual cup. For some leaner frames, a DD might be too big and in the end not have enough breast tissue to accommodate such a jump in scale. A larger framed woman, however, who wants the same DD might find that this cup size doesn’t yield the desired projection and might find a larger cup works better. In reality, size is relative, and it’s best to discuss with your doctor what your visions are so they can help you achieve the most suitable option for you.

Silicone or Saline 

Silicone implants are an option for women who do not have a lot of soft tissue coverage, offering a more natural, softer feel that resembles natural breast tissue. While saline implants are filled post-implantation, silicone gel implants come pre-filled. The silicone gel in modern implants is a thick, semi-cohesive substance that has a consistency similar to that of gummy bear candy.

Saline breast implants are made of a silastic shell which is in essence solid silicone. Saline implants are then inserted through small incisions where they are placed in the prepared surgical pocket deflated and rolled-up into a narrow cylinder. After the implant is in the appropriate space under your breast or pectoralis muscle, your doctor inflates the implant with sterile saline or salt water. In the event that your implant may rupture, you will typically know immediately and your body will harmlessly absorb the leaking saline. Because of its shape and the general consistency of saline, saline implants are sometimes described as feeling like water balloons and do not have the ‘gummy” or fatty feels of natural breasts.

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