How do I choose between breast implants?

If you’ve been thinking about getting fuller, larger breasts, you know that you have many decisions when it comes to the size, shape and implant material. How do you decide? Read on to learn about the different options for breast implants.

Silicone or saline implants?

FDA-approved for women age 22 or older, silicone breast implants are the most popular because they consist of a gel that feels like natural breast tissue. In case of implant rupture, the gel may stay in the shell or leak into the implant pocket. You may not notice that it is leaking, which is why you have to visit your surgeon regularly to ensure the implants have maintained their structural integrity.

FDA-approved for women age 18 and older, saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater and inserted into the breast implant pocket before they are filled. This allows for smaller incisions and custom sizing during surgery. One of the biggest draws to saline implants is the fact that if there is a leak in the shell, the implant will collapse and the water will be naturally absorbed and expelled by the body. The IDEAL IMPLANT is another saline option that offers additional structure and shape.

How do I choose the right size?

With the aid of the Vectra 3D imaging system, Dr. Price can show you what your body would look like with different implant sizes. This helps you feel more comfortable and confident in making decisions about size as you plan surgery.

Where will the implants be placed?

There are two options for breast implant placement. The preferred method of placement is the submuscular implant placement. This consists of placing the implant beneath the pectoral muscle and above the chest wall to create a natural pocket. There is less of a chance for noticeable wrinkling or rippling with this placement, and it looks more natural.

The other placement type is the subglandular method. With subglandular placement, the breast implant is placed behind the breast tissue and in front of the pectoral muscle. This is recommended for women who have sagging but don’t want a breast lift.

If you’re ready to discuss breast augmentation and your options for implants, call (203) 453-6635 to set up a consultation with Dr. Price.

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