According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation was the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure performed in 2014. Women from all walks of life choose implants to add volume and create an attractive breast shape, but not all implants are created equal.
Choosing the best breast implant for you is a life-changing decision and patients need to compare their options with an experienced, qualified specialist like Dr Choy to reach an informed decision.
The most popular implants available today for consideration include:
Saline vs. Silicone
Saline implants can have both advantages and disadvantages when compared with silicone. One of the most attractive features of saline implants is that it’s non-toxic. If a saline implant leaks, it must be replaced, but there is no reason to be concerned about health issues developing as a result of leakage. Saline implants also require a smaller incision than silicone implants, which means less scarring, but if a saline implant collapses, a noticeable change in the size and shape of the breast can result and patients require surgery to repair the collapse.
Both saline and silicone implants provide a desirable look and feel to the breast. Saline implants are firm, with a uniform shape. Silicone implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and gel consistencies. Certain silicone implants may be more likely to rupture than others due to differences in the consistency of the gel.
It can be nearly impossible to tell whether a silicone implant has ruptured without seeing a doctor because leaking implants won’t collapse, which can be inconvenient and worrisome to some patients. To insert silicone implants, a larger incision is required than the incision needed for placing saline implants, and as a result scarring may be more noticeable.
Gummy Bear implants are a type of silicone implant that has helped address the issue of implant ruptures, as the silicone used in these implants is much thicker than in traditional silicone implants, and even if the shell around the implant is broken, it won’t leak. They are however firmer, with an asymmetrical shape, so if this type of implant moves, it can cause the breasts to look asymmetrical as well.
Smooth vs. Textured
One of the advantages of smooth implants is that they can move within the breast pocket, giving them the most natural-looking appearance, but they may also ripple at times and patients can feel them under the skin quite readily.
In contrast, textured implants are designed to stay put inside the breast pocket. This can give the breasts a slightly unnatural look in some contexts, but as an advantage, they diminish the risk of capsular contracture.
Round vs. Form Stable
Round implants have a symmetrical shape top to bottom in contrast to form-stable implants that are more contoured. Round implants create a fuller appearance to the breasts than those that are form-stable. While form-stable implants can be used to create a specific breast shape and a certain amount of projection and roundness in just the right places, rotation inside the breast pocket can give the breast an unnatural appearance. Round implants, because they’re symmetrical from top to bottom, are less likely to create an undesirable appearance should they rotate out of position.
It’s important to consider all your options when researching the right breast implant and take a holistic approach, rather than zoning in on the least expensive choice that offers the least amount of scarring… With multiple deciding factors, this may not be the best choice for you. Though these may be considerations, all factors should be considered with a qualified doctor who is up to date on the latest research and developments in breast augmentation procedures and implant types available.
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Call (02) 89 62 9388 or email Zilver Lining today to make an appointment with Dr. Choy to learn more about your breast augmentation options and decide which breast implant is best for you.