Summary: Breast augmentation with implants can be an excellent way for women to reclaim their curves after losing breast volume or to fill out their feminine figure in a way they’d always hoped for. While women of many shapes, sizes and ages can benefit from breast augmentation, implants are far from being a one-size-fits-all solution to your appearance concerns. The best way to achieve the best breast augmentation results is to get informed about your breast implant options so that you can customize your procedure.
Saline vs. Silicone
Whether saline or silicone implants are better for breast augmentation is one of the most frequently debated breast implant topics. The truth is, each implant type has its own advantages and the right implant for you depends on your needs and concerns:
- Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. Because the implants are inserted empty and filled after placement, patients who opt for saline can have a slightly smaller incision than those who choose silicone. Saline implants are also excellent options for women concerned with breast asymmetry, since they can be filled manually to create the most even results. Saline implants are always round rather than anatomically shaped, and are popular for creating more dramatic look.
- Silicone breast implants contain a silicone gel that’s closer in feel to natural breast tissue. Because of the more natural texture and a decreased chance of rippling, silicone implants are frequently chosen by women with very little existing breast tissue to cover the implant. With such a wide range of silicone breast implant shapes and sizes available, women can choose the implant that most closely matches their ideal results.
Implants also come in a range of profiles. Implant profile refers to the base width in relation to the amount of projection from the chest wall. Implants with the same volume but different profiles can create very different looks.
- High profile implants have the smallest base and the greatest degree of projection. This implant is best suited for women with a narrow chest whose natural breasts are fairly close together.
- Moderate profile implants have a slightly wider base and a lesser degree of projection than high profile. A great option for women interested in a more subtle look, these implants can increase volume without appearing too obvious.
- Low profile implants have the widest base and the lowest degree of projection. These implants are best suited for women with a wide rib cage, allowing the breasts to maintain a natural appearance as they’re enlarged by expanding volume to the sides in addition to increasing outward projection.
Breast implants can be inserted using a couple of different incisions. Most commonly, surgeons use the inframammary incision, which is discreetly hidden under the natural fold of the breast. This incision can allow for the most accurate implant placement and is especially best for silicone implants, which must be inserted into the breast pocket fully formed. Some patients prefer a periareolar incision, which follows the curve of the areola, the darker pigmented skin that surrounds the nipple.
Additional incision options can be discussed with your cosmetic surgeon if you’d prefer an alternate approach. With the right combination of implant type, profile, and incision placement, you can feel confident that you’ll see the best possible outcome from your breast augmentation.