Since there are many types of breast implants available today, you may have a difficult time choosing which one you want. But with the help your doctor, some tests, and detailed discussions, you will be able to choose which one is best.
Breast augmentation is one of the most performed cosmetic procedure in the United States. In fact, there are around 300,000 operations performed every year. If you’re thinking about getting this treatment, you should know that it’s not something to be taken lightly. It is important to get answers to your questions to have a successful breast augmentation experience.
Things to Consider in Choosing the Best Breast Implant
- Choose a brand that’s FDA Approved. These are three large suppliers of breast implants that have passed FDA’s strict regulatory process – Allergan, Mentor, and Sientra. Your doctor should be able to discuss each brand with you and inject his or her recommendations. Of course, if you already have a different brand in mind you can go with that. But just a reminder, it’s safer to go with a brand that’s FDA approved.
- Choose the type of material used – silicone or saline. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages. Silicone breast implants are best for women who are 22 years and above. Women love them because they feel and move like real breasts. However, they require larger incision sites for placement. It’s also difficult to detect a rupture because they remain in the same form; you’ll need to undergo mammogram to check if the breast implants are still intact. Saline breast implants, on the other hand, are FDA approved for anyone over the age of 18. They require smaller incision sites, and ruptures can easily be detected. However, they feel and look less natural compared to silicone implants.
- Choose which shape is best for your body anatomy – round or teardrop. The most commonly used shape is round breast implants. Women prefer them because they don’t have particular radial orientation. And since they are semi-spherical in shape, they create fullness in the upper pole area. Some women prefer using teardrop-shaped breast implants because they resemble the natural shape of a human breast. If you’re going for a subtle, natural look, this shape is ideal for you. But you may need to get a second surgery when the implant rotates and changes its position over time.
- Choose if you want to have a high, medium or low profile. You can choose how high or low the implants sits on your body. Choose the high profile if you want more cleavage. Your doctor should be able to help you determine the best profile for your body type.
- Choose whether you want your breast implant smooth or textured. Although there is no significant difference between the two, more cases of cancer have been related to using textured breast implants. Ask your cosmetic surgeon for more details.
- Choose the right size. This is probably the most difficult decision that women make about getting a ‘boob job.’ Always remember to choose a size that’s ideal for your frame. It will look more natural and appealing. So before committing to any particular size, make sure to discuss your aesthetic goals with your doctor.