Breast Implant Options

Breast augmentation is one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures, as women seek to have larger, fuller breasts. But how do you decide between saline and silicone, different implant sizes, or the different ways to have the implants inserted? Here’s some information to help with your decisions.

What are my breast implant options?

During your consultation with Dr. Price, he will discuss your breast implant options. There are two options available: saline and silicone implants.

What are silicone breast implants?

These implants are filled with silicone gel that feels like natural breast tissue. If the implant ruptures, the gel may remain in the implant shell, or it may leak into the breast implant pocket. A silicone gel implant will not collapse even when it leaks.

If do have silicone implants, you will need to visit your surgeon on a regular basis to ensure that the implants are maintaining their structural integrity. An MRI screening is used to ascertain the condition of the implants.

Silicone breast implants are available to women age 22 or older. A wide variety of silicone implants for different body shapes, sizes, and types are available.

What are saline breast implants?

Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. They are inserted into the breast implant pocket before they are filled, allowing smaller incisions and custom sizing.

In case the implant shell leaks, the implant will collapse and the sterile salt water will be absorbed and processed by the body, much like a sports drink. Saline implants are available to women age 18 and above.

How do I decide on the size of my breast implants?

At Dr. Price’s center, breast surgery patients plan their surgery with the aid of the Vectra® 3D imaging system. This imaging system provides a helpful preview of how your body might look with different implant sizes. This process makes patients feel more confident in making decisions about size and tremendously simplifies this important decision.

What are my options when it comes to breast implant placement?

During your consultation with Dr. Price, you will decide on where you want the implants to be placed. As with most of the decisions you will make regarding breast augmentation, there is no right or wrong answer. Your decision will be based upon several factors, which you will discuss with Dr. Price at your consultation. For breast implant placement, you have two options: subglandular placement and submuscular placement.

Subglandular placement. The breast implant is placed behind breast tissue and in front of your pectoral muscle. Subglandular placement is sometimes recommended for women who have significant sagging, but wish to avoid a breast lift.

Submuscular placement. This is preferred over subglandular placement because the chance for noticeable wrinkling or rippling is lower. The majority of women also think this placement appears more natural. Moreover, the risk of capsular contracture is less with submuscular placement.

What other factors should I take into consideration when choosing breast implants?

Aside from size and material, you also have to consider the shape and texture of the implant. Round implants are the most popular. They make your upper breasts appear fuller. Silicone implants can either be teardrop shaped or round. Teardrop implants are firmer than round implants. Their surface is textured so that they do not shift within the breast. If a teardrop-shaped implant shifts from its position, the breast can appear unnatural.

Breast implant profile has to be considered, as well. This refers to the diameter and projection of the implants. There are low-, medium-, and high-profile implants. To determine the breast implant profile that is best for you, your body frame and the width of your chest and breasts are taken into consideration.