Which type of breast implant is right for you?
So you are interested in getting a breast enlargement? Which breast implants should you choose? This is an important decision and no doubt you are feeling a mix of excitement and anxiety about it. In this article we provide you with some easy-to-understand information so you can feel empowered to make a well-informed decision.
There are several choices to consider when deciding which breast implants are right for you. These include:
• Silicone or saline inner filler material
• Smooth or Textured (‘Rough’) Implant Surfaces
• Round or Tear-Drop Shapes
We won’t go into size in this article because that is really a choice that you should make with the assistance of your breast surgeon. But we will expand on the other choices for you.
Silicone or saline inner filler material
All breast Implants consist of an outer casing (called the ‘shell’ or ‘wall’) plus an inner filler material, which is either saline or silicone. Silicone and saline implants have very different characteristics. The main advantages of saline implants are that they can be inflated and deflated (see the image below).
However there are several disadvantages that are reasons why our patients very rarely choose them:
• Less natural feel (more like a “waterbed” feel)
• There is the risk of spontaneous deflation (which could be a very embarrassing situation)
• If a Saline implant wall ruptures, the implant will simply deflate, whereas Silicone implants have a shape retaining memory, so breast fullness is not lost
• The chance of surface wrinkling or rippling is greater for Saline implants than Silicone implants
See these comparisons in table form on our website page: Silicone versus Saline Implants
Smooth or Textured Implant Surfaces? Not All Brands Are The Same!
There are many brands out there with greatly differing levels of quality. If a patient specifically wants a Smooth or Textured Implant, we only recommend the highest quality brand that will suit your body.
You can read more details about implant surfaces on our website.
Round or ‘Tear-Drop’ Implant Shapes
Round Implant Shapes:
• Deliver more upper breast fullness
• Sometimes are the preferred shape to restore upper breast volume lost through breast-feeding or weight loss.
• Can be inserted through any incision location.
• Being perfectly round, rotation cannot produce any deformity of breast shape.
‘Tear-Drop’ Implant Shapes:
• Have more fullness in the mid and lower sections that tapers off towards the top
• Produces an attractive and natural straight-line drape of skin from collar-bone down to nipple
• Can only be inserted through an incision under the breast
Making Your Choice
A good place to start when considering what type of breast implant is best for you is to decide what shape you would prefer. You’re going to be attached to these ‘babies’ for a long-time so you really want to choose only the best quality implant that can deliver the ‘look’ you’re after.
Everyone’s situation is different and making the right decision is all important, so make sure you meet with your surgeon for a consultation and get personalised advice prior to making any decision.