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Which Breast Implants Should I Get?

Posted July 12, 2016 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Implants

You may be surprised to learn just how many different types of breast implants you will get to choose between for your breast augmentation. Differences in implant material, profile, texture, shape, and size will all affect your experience and your final results. Consider the following implant characteristics to help you choose the best breast implants for your body type and preferences.

Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos

Implant Material

Breast implants all have a silicone shell, but there are two different kinds of materials used to fill the implants. Silicone implants are pre-filled with a silicone gel while saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution after insertion into the breasts. Each material has pros and cons. Both are FDA approved, but silicone implants are recommended for patients 22 and older in most cases. Silicone implants tend to look and feel more natural, but they are more expensive. Conversely, saline implants have a fuller and firmer appearance, but they are more affordable. Only saline implants can be adjusted for size after insertion, which means they will cause less scarring. However, silicone implants are less prone to rippling than saline implants.

Implant Profile

The profile of breast implants is their forward projection from the chest wall. A high profile implant has higher forward projection and a narrower base width, whereas a low profile implant has a lower forward projection and a wider base width. Which profile to choose should be based mostly on your preferences and the natural shape and placement of your breasts on your chest wall. For example, if your breasts are naturally wide set, high profile implants may look less natural on your body. If your chest wall is very narrow, however, high profile implants may fit better, whereas moderate or low profile implants might be too wide to fit on the chest wall.

Implant Texture

Breast implants can have a smooth texture or an irregular texture. Smooth implants may rotate after insertion but are less likely than textured implants to show rippling. This point is less of an issue if you choose submuscular implant placement, as rippling will be far less noticeable. Textured implants are more likely to bind to the tissues of the breast pockets and will likely not shift after insertion.

Implant Shape

Breast implants can be round or anatomical in shape. Anatomical implants are designed to mimic the natural shape of the breast, with greater fullness at the base. Therefore, anatomical implants tend to produce more natural-looking results in certain patients. If you need the shape of your breasts corrected, anatomical implants may be a better choice. Round implants provide greater upper fullness, which may enhance cleavage and create a more voluptuous appearance. Anatomical implants should be textured so that they will not rotate after insertion.

Implant Size

Breast implant sizes are measured by volume of cubic centimeters, where more volume means the implants are larger. The volume of breast implants is not correlated to cup size, but knowing your desired cup size will help Dr. Taleisnik determine which implant size will help you achieve your desired results.  

After considering all these factors, it is clear how both your personal preference and your anatomy will affect which breast implants you should get. To choose the perfect implant for you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Andrés Taleisnik. As you share your preferences with Dr. Taleisnik, he will evaluate your goals and your anatomy to help you come to a decision on which breast implants you should choose. To book your appointment, please call (714) 538-8549 or complete our online contact form today.