Choosing Your Breast Implants
If you are considering undergoing breast augmentation, you have likely already spent time researching the procedure and understand that there are several decisions you will need to make in regard to your breast implants. In this blog post, Dr. Donald Hause, a top breast augmentation surgeon in Sacramento, breaks down the different components of breast implants you need to know about when planning your breast augmentation procedure.
One of the first topics you will discuss with your plastic surgeon is breast implant size. The best implant size for you will depend on a number of factors, including your personal preferences and anatomy. For instance, if you’re looking for an obvious and substantial boost in size, keep in mind that going “too big” may make you look “top heavy.” If you are petite or have thin skin and little breast tissue, overly large breast implants may not be right for you. To help you choose the right implant size, Dr. Hause has implant sizers available in his office so you can try on implants and better visualize your results.
Breast implants can be either round or teardrop-shaped. Round implants have equal projection on the top and bottom, while teardrop-shaped implants have more projection on the bottom than the top, resembling the slope of natural breasts. While teardrop-shaped implants may look more natural, they usually require a longer incision than round implants. They may also look more unnatural than round implants should they rotate within the breast pocket.
Breast implants can be filled with either saline or silicone. Silicone implants are pre-filled with silicone gel that closely resembles the feel of natural breast tissue. However, it is harder to detect ruptures and leaks in silicone implants. Saline implants are placed in the breast pocket and then filled with a sterile saline solution. Because saline implants are not pre-filled, the surgeon can typically use a slightly smaller incision than with silicone implants. Ruptures and leaks are easy to detect with saline implants, as the breast becomes noticeably deflated.
Round implants can come in smooth or textured shells. Teardrop implants usually come in textured shells to minimize the chance of rotation. Textured implants typically feel more like natural breast tissue than smooth implants.
You and your surgeon will select which incision pattern to use based on your personal preferences and the type of implant used. There are three main incision patterns:
- The periareolar incision, which is made around the areola
- The inframammary incision, which is made under the breast and in the natural crease
- The transaxillary incision, which is made in the armpit