This is a common question that is often asked of plastic surgeons. However, there is no correct answer. In fact, there are many different factors that need to be taken into account before you can decide which implants are best suited for you.
Here is some information to help you make the decision:
Saline implants are made of a silicone shell that has been filled with sterile saltwater solutions. These have been around since the 1960’s, and they are inserted into the breast pocket empty then they are filled once inserted correctly. The saline solution is considered safe for the body so if there happens to be a rupture or slight leak no major complications will occur.
The benefits of these implants include that they are:
- Cheaper than silicone implants
- Size adjustable after they have been inserted
- Implant insertion only requires a small incision
These have been around for about the same time as the Saline implants, but they were nowhere near as popular. The outer silicone shell is filled with a gel like substance. These are growing in popularity for breast implant replacement procedures.
Benefits of the silicone implants are:
- Implant shapes
- You get more shape options
- Feel more natural
The round implants are popular for the breast augmentation procedure. They have a proportionate soft breast while allowing for plenty of flexibility. If you look at breast reduction before and after photos you’ll likely find they all have silicone implants.
There is also the teardrop implants, and they are comprised of the gel substance that is more solid than the normal silicone. These types of implants will maintain position and make your breasts look as natural as they can.
The implant volume is measured in cubic centimetres instead of the normal cup size and this is due to different considerations like existing breast tissue that will determine the breast size that is final after the augmentation.
What implant is right for you
You will have a consultation with the doctor who will help you determine the best implant for you. There are a few characteristics that you should keep in mind:
- Size of current breasts
- The thickness of the existing breast tissue
- Preferences of where the incision is going to be
In the consultation there are plastic surgeons that will help you get an idea of what the end result will look like by using a 3D imaging machine. Most doctors these days use state of the art technology and cameras to enhance your breasts appearance. The Vectra imaging machine, for example, allows your surgeon to have a better understanding of what you desire as the end result. Having the devices to show you want it will look like makes the patients more comfortable knowing what they are in for. You will need to see your doctor first to determine whether you can have this surgery, as some health problems and certain medications may limit you. Once you have the go-ahead from your doctor you can have a consultation with a plastic surgeon who will go through what you want, your medical history, medications, etc. From here you will need to have some blood tests done to ensure everything is at the right levels.
To sum up: before you decide what implants you want to get, you should talk it over with your plastic surgeon. If nothing else, to make sure you are choosing the right option for you – to get the outcome you want. It’s also important to know what risks and benefits come with different implants.