If you are interested in changing the size and shape of your breasts, you can get a breast augmentation or breast implant procedure done. But before getting it done, it’s important to consider all of the important factors and to understand the procedure itself, so you have clear expectations and can be happy with the results.
One important thing to consider in breast augmentation is choosing the most appropriate type of breast implants for your needs. Be sure to discuss the types of implants you are interested in with your plastic surgeon to ensure you make the right decision.
Types of Breast Implants
The two most commonly used types of breast implants are saline and silicone.
Saline breast implants
Saline breast implants are a popular choice for breast augmentation because they are less expensive than silicone and require a smaller incision to insert. Saline breast implants are implant shells that are filled with sterile saltwater.
There is a higher risk of a saline breast implant leaking into the body, which will cause the implant to collapse. However, if the implant does leak, the sterile saltwater is harmless and will be absorbed by the body.
Saline breast implants are available with or without a structured form, and the former are called structured breast implants. These structured saline breast implants have a special shaping in the middle of them to make the implants feel more natural.
Silicone breast implants
silicone implants are implant shells that are filled with a silicone gel instead of a liquid like saline. The gel makes the implants feel more natural than saline implants, feeling similar to natural breast tissue. Silicone breast implants are more expensive and require a larger incision than do saline breast implants.
Form-stable silicone breast implants
These have a thicker silicone gel in them. This allows the breasts to be firmer than with traditional silicone breast implants. Instead of an equal distribution, the shape of form-stable implants is heavier on the bottom and lighter on top. However, there is some risk of the implant rotating and creating an unusual appearance to the breast.
Types of Shells in Breast Implants
The shell of a breast implant is just as important as the content inside when it comes to determining how your breast will look and feel. The shell is essentially the outer skin of the implant and gives the implant its shape.
Whether you choose saline or silicone implants, you have the option of choosing round or textured shells.
Round breast implant shells
Round breast implants have an equal shape all around the implant, which decreases the concern of the breast looking out of shape if the implant rotates.
Textured breast implant shells
Textured breast implants create scar tissue when inserted, and this scar tissue attaches to the implants so they stay in an intended position. This makes the implants less likely to move out of place.
Contact the Breast Surgery Center in New York Today
Breast augmentation can help boost your self-esteem and make you look and feel beautiful. However, it’s very important to have the procedure done by a reputable professional.
If you are interested in having breast augmentation surgery, talk to a certified and experienced plastic surgeon about the types of breast implants that may be right for you.
If you are searching for an experienced plastic surgeon for your breast augmentation, the Breast Surgery Center in New York will be happy to help create a catered procedure specific to your needs. Call (646) 475-2099 or fill out our online appointment request form today to get started. We’d love to help make you look and feel spectacular.