Decisions, decisions, decisions. Once you have decided to undergo breast augmentation with implants, you will have a host of other important decisions to make.
One perk about breast implants is that there are several types to choose from. With multiple options available, how do you know which type of breast implant is right for you?
Choosing the right size for your new breast implants is important. The #1 reason that women go back for breast revision is because they wish they had chosen a larger size. However, bigger isn’t always better and it isn’t for everyone — especially if you have a tiny frame. Once you have decided on your implant size, the type of breast implant will need to be chosen.
Silicone implants typically offer a more natural look, resembling normal breast tissue. However, silicone implants are more expensive, require a longer incision and can be complicated if they should rupture. Although they had been taken off the market by the FDA for several years due to safely concerns, studies have shown these implants to be safe.
Saline implants on the other hand are less expensive, require a smaller incision, can be adjusted in terms of the volume and it is very easy to know if they are ruptured. If a saline implant ruptures, it deflates, the body absorbs the saline and then the implant goes completely flat. However, these implants can feel a little firmer and unnatural in many cases. However, for some women, the saline implants can feel as natural as the silicone. Generally, these women have a fair amount of their own breast tissue and are not using very large implants. Unlike silicone implants, saline breast implants have remained on the market throughout the past several decades and are an excellent option for many women.
Implant fill — silicone or saline — is only one piece of the puzzle. Other choices include the implant surface (textured or smooth?), implant shape (round or contoured?) and implant profile or projection. To learn more about types of breast implants and what options are best suited for you, contact Anne Nickodem, M.D. at 703-560-8711 or aestheticallyyours.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nickodem.