How to Choose the Right Breast Implant

Considering breast enlargement surgery? It may be hard to separate fact from fiction when it comes to selecting the right implant. There appear to be so many options and considerations to keep in mind. Nonetheless, getting the perfect implant for your needs is important so the plastic surgeon can achieve a satisfactory outcome. This post highlights 4 important implant characteristics you’ll discuss with Dr. Ruston during your breast augmentation consultation visit in Baton Rouge.

1. Implant type

There are 3 main types of implants currently used in breast enlargement procedures. Saline implants are the most basic type of implant and are approved for use on women above the age of 18. This type of implant features a silicone outer shell that is often inserted empty then filled later (to the desired size). Silicone implants are more popular because they result in a more natural breast look and feel. However, these can only be used on women above the age of 22. A special type of silicone implant known as gummy bear implants are form-stable and feature a shape that resembles natural breast contour.

2. Implant size

Size is one of the key considerations when selecting breast implants. Ideally, you need to nail the perfect size for the desired increase in breast volume. The volume of an implant is measured in cubic centimeters (cc). Another important metric is the diameter of the implant. Your plastic surgeon will aim to help you select the best size based on your body frame, current breast size, and personal preferences. Keep in mind that the larger the implant, the higher the risk of complications.

3. Implant shape

Breast implants come in two main shapes: round and teardrop. Round-shaped implants result in a symmetric appearance after the augmentation procedure. Teardrop-shaped implants, on the other hand, taper at the top and project more at the bottom. They tend to result in a more natural-looking breast contour. Teardrop implants are popular with women who desire natural (rather than extreme) improvements in their breast appearance.

4. Implant profile

Implant profile refers to how much the implant projects forward when standing. It can also be loosely referred to as the silhouette of the implant and factors in the volume, projection, and base diameter. Implant models available in the market may have a moderate or high projection. Moderate profile implants do not push the breast tissue too much and thus result in a more natural-looking appearance.

5. Implant texture

Breast implants may either have a smooth or textured surface. Textured implants feature a rough surface (with sort of a sandpaper-looking appearance). Unlike smooth surface implants, this rough texture tends to adhere to the surrounding tissue and prevents the implant from moving around within the implant pocket. These types of implants are more commonly used than smooth surface implants.

Plastic surgeons only use implant brands that are approved by the FDA for quality and safety. During your one-on-one consultation visit, the surgeon will discuss the various brands along with other important details to help you make the best choice.