According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 313,000 breast augmentation procedures were performed in 2018, making it the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in the U.S. Today, women have more options than ever before when it comes to breast implants.
Here, Dr. C.B. Boswell of Body Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Skincare Center explains the many choices you need to make in regards to breast implants.
Contrary to what many women believe, breast implants are not measured by cup size. Instead, they are measured in cubic centimeters (CCs). To determine your ideal breast implant size, your surgeon will take several factors into consideration, including your body measurements and personal preferences, and the elasticity of your breast tissue and skin. Many surgeons also have implant sizer kits in their offices; these kits allow patients to “try on” implants of different sizes so they can see the potential results.
Breast implants are filled with either saline or silicone gel material. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, which your surgeon will discuss with you in detail. For many women, the deciding factor comes down to look versus peace of mind. Silicone breast implants are closer to the look and feel of natural breast tissue, but ruptures and leaks are easier to detect in saline implants.
Breast implants come in round and teardrop shapes. Round implants are symmetrical, meaning they have equal projection on the top and bottom poles of the breast. These implants are a great choice if you desire a full and round appearance in the upper portion of the breasts. Teardrop implants have more projection and fullness on the bottom pole of the breast, mimicking the slope and contour of natural breasts. Also known as anatomical implants, teardrop implants appear the most natural.
The profile of a breast implant refers to how much an implant projects forward from the chest wall. Implants are available in several profiles, including low, moderate and high. There are pros and cons to each; the best profile for you ultimately comes down to your desired look.
To learn more about breast implants and breast augmentation, schedule a personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Boswell. Please call 314-628-8200 today.