Choosing the Right Breast Implants for Your Body

Aug 01, 2022

Choosing the Right Breast Implants for Your Body

Investing in breast augmentation is a big decision. Fortunately, you have a team of experts who are by your side every step of the way. Here’s an inside look at one of the first stages in breast augmentation: choosing an implant.

For many women, having full, supple breasts is a top priority when it comes to feeling confident. And breast augmentation is often the best way to get the cleavage you’ve been dreaming of. 

At Plastic Surgery Associates of Long Island in Roslyn Heights, New York, our team of experienced plastic surgeons knows how important breast augmentation is to every woman who chooses it. That’s why we make sure you have the best information at every step. Here, we walk through the basics of breast implants and your body type, so you can decide which is best for you. 

The size

Choosing the right implant size is perhaps the most important decision because each body type, from pear to hourglass shaped, requires something different. The smaller your frame is, the smaller your implant should be. An implant that’s too large can wind up causing you back pain. 

You should also know that implants have different base sizes. Implants with a narrower base are better suited for narrower chests, and vice versa.

The material

Another important aspect of your breast augmentation journey is deciding whether or not to get saline or silicone breast implants. Here’s what you should know.

Silicone breast implants

Silicone breast implants are the most commonly used type of implant. Nearly 90% of women choose them. Silicone is something of a hybrid between plastic and rubber. You can find silicone in sealants, adhesives, lubricants, cooking utensils, and, of course, medical products like breast implants. 

This type of implant is most popular because the silicone gel feels the most like natural breast tissue. Should a leak occur, the gel may remain within the implant shell or escape into the breast implant pocket. However, a leaking silicone implant won’t collapse.

Saline breast implants

This type of implant is a silicone shell that we fill with saline (sterile salt water) during the procedure. Structure saline breast implants have an additional inner structure that helps make the implant feel more natural. 

If your implant leaks, your body absorbs and expels the saline and your implant eventually collapses. 

A note on fat transfers

Instead of having an implant surgically placed in your breast, you may opt for a fat transfer. This involves harvesting fat from another part of your body, such as your thighs or abdomen, and transferring it to your breast to increase volume. 

You may experience some fat resorption, which means that your results won’t be as dramatic as they would be with implants. Fat transfers are best if you’re looking for a subtle increase in size.

The shape

There are two main options for breast implant shape: round and teardrop. Here’s a closer look at each. 

Round implants

If you’re looking for maximum fullness, round implants are right for you. Round implants impact the projection and profile of your breast, giving you a fuller look at the top of your breast. These are great options if you’re most bothered by sagging breasts. Bonus: round implants tend to be cheaper.

Teardrop implants

Going for the au naturel look? Teardrop implants might be the way to go. These implants fill out the bottom of your breast rather than the top, which gives your breasts a natural, tear-dropped shape. 

Other things to consider

In addition to the size, material, and shape of your breast implants, it’s also important to take into account a few other factors. For example, your budget, breast structure, and incision site should all play a role in your final decision. You may also want to factor in whether or not you want to breastfeed in the future. 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t be. Our experts help you navigate all the possibilities of breast augmentation and guide you toward the options that will work best for you.

Ready to get started? We’d love to talk with you. Call or click to schedule an appointment at our Roslyn Heights, New York, office today. 

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