When you make the decision to have breast augmentation surgery, the decision-making process has really just begun. You will quickly find there are many choices you and your plastic surgeon will need to make in regards to your implants and surgical techniques used. When it comes to your implants, we have the information you need to choose the best type of implant for you.
TYPES OF IMPLANTS
There are three basic types of breast implants to choose from today:
Saline implants are filled with a sterile saline solution after the silicone shell is placed into the breast tissue. These implants are approved by the FDA for patients age 18 and up and offer a less expensive option to women wanting surgical breast enhancement. Cons of saline implants include a higher risk of rupture and breast rippling.
Silicone implants also feature a silicone gel prefilled with a silicone substance. These implants are more expensive than saline, but tend to look and feel more like natural breast tissue. Silicone implants are FDA-approved for patients age 22 and older and come in a wide range of sizes and shapes to accommodate every body shape.
COHESIVE GEL IMPLANTS
Cohesive gel implants, also known as “gummy bear” implants, get their nickname because their texture is similar to a gummy bear candy. While cohesive gel tends to be the most expensive implant option, their benefits include a more natural look and feel and a lower risk of complications like capsular contracture.
CHOOSING SIZE AND SHAPE
Every woman’s body shape and size is unique, which is why breast implants offer so many varieties. Options include:
Size – Breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters or cc’s. Your plastic surgeon will help you choose your size based on how you want your breasts to look after your procedure.
Shape – Implants come in both round and teardrop shapes. Your choice will depend on the type of implant you want, the width of your chest and how much fullness you want in the upper portion of the breast.
Profile – Profile involves how your breasts project from your chest. Higher profiles tend to be narrower from side to side, while moderate profiles tend to be a little fuller at the base.
Choosing breast implants is a highly personal decision that should be made between a woman and her plastic surgeon. Dr. David Mashhadian has performed hundreds of breast augmentations at his Rodeo Drive office and is experienced in helping women choose the implants that will give them the most natural, proportionate look.