When a patient decides to undergo a breast augmentation procedure, choosing the breast implant is one of the bigger decisions that must be made. Your plastic surgeon, of course, will help you choose your breast implant in a way that is most likely to help you achieve your desired outcome.
Knowing How to Choose Your Breast Implant
But there are a lot of decisions to be made and many variables to be considered. That’s one of the reasons that patients can find choosing a breast implant rather challenging and why these decisions can quickly become overwhelming.
So today, we’re taking a look at some of the more common decisions–how patients might approach them and what might help them make good long-term choices. That said, you should always make these decisions in consultation with your plastic surgeon, who will have the benefit of experience and foresight when thinking about how your choices might impact your final overall results.
Choosing Implant Material
The first choice that patients must make is usually about material: saline or silicone? These are, typically, the primary two choices for most breast augmentation patients, and they each offer benefits and drawbacks:
- Saline implants are designed so, in the event of a rupture, the implant material can be harmlessly absorbed back into your body. Generally, saline implants are easy to place and can be inserted using relatively small incisions.
- Silicone implants are designed to be robust and realistic. By far the most popular implant material, silicone implants tend to look and feel the most natural. These implants also provide other benefits and have an incredibly low rupture rate.
Is There a Best Implant Type?
There is no single “best” implant, only the implant that is best for you and your needs. So discussing your needs and desires with your surgeon in as much detail as possible is typically the recommended way to figure out which implant is going to the optimal choice.
That said, it’s also not a bad idea to have a good and solid idea about what you want. A patient that gravitates towards silicone or saline may have specific reasons for doing so. But those reasons should definitely be communicated to your plastic surgeon. Finally, it should be pointed out that “saline” and “silicone” both represent broad categories of implants and there are many variations within.
Choosing Your Implant Size
The next big choice for patients, once implant material is decided, is to determine your optimal implant size. Many patients have a general idea of how much extra volume they would like to see after a breast augmentation, but they aren’t quite how that translates in terms of implant size.
In part, that can be chalked up to the natural variability of humans. Breasts, for example, do not always exhibit perfect symmetry, which means that some patients may require implants of two different sizes in order to achieve symmetry in the final results.
Most patients these days opt for a size that will end up looking natural on their bodies, improving their overall proportions. There are several ways to preview these results, from specially designed garments to advanced 3D modeling. Even photo editing software, such as Photoshop, is used to help patients visualize what they will look like with certain breast implant sizes.
Other Decisions to Make
Selecting the size and the material of one’s breast implants is only the first set of decisions one must make–though, it’s certainly an important set of decisions. Other decisions you might have to make when considering a breast augmentation may include:
- Selecting the texture of the breast implant (there are benefits and drawbacks to several different texture options).
- Making a decision about anesthesia. Some breast augmentation procedures can be performed with local anesthesia and a sedative, but much depends on the patient’s overall comfort.
- Deciding on incision types. There are several different incision types when considering a breast augmentation. It’s important for the patient and the surgeon to discuss all incision options. Certain incisions limit your implant options.
A breast augmentation is a procedure that is replete with choices. Ultimately, that’s a good thing. Choices give patients options. And the more options you have, the more your breast augmentation results will reflect an outcome unique to you and your body.
The More Options the Better
The goal of most breast augmentation patients is a look that seems natural, that blends in seamlessly with the contours of your body and the proportions you already love. Modern breast augmentation technology, including novel breast implant options, make achieving that natural looking result more possible than ever before.
If you want to know more about how to choose your breast implant, contact a highly qualified plastic surgeon to set up a consultation. That consultation will be an important time to ask questions and get answers about you, your body, and your breast augmentation procedure.
About the Author: Dan Voltz is a marketer who has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years. He’s constantly in communication with surgeons to ensure he’s getting the most up to date information possible.