As with any other cosmetic surgery, patients who are interested in undergoing breast augmentation surgery will have to make a series of decisions in the lead-up to their procedure. Among the most critical of these decisions is which breast implants should be used during their surgery. Choosing the right breast implants is a major step towards achieving the new, improved breast contour that my breast augmentation patients desire. That’s why I wanted to answer common questions about breast implants for prospective patients.
Question #1: Would you recommend saline or silicone breast implants?
This might be the single question that I receive most during breast augmentation consultation appointments. The truth is, the right implant material for each patient depends on their specific needs and preferences. Both materials are very safe and can provide outstanding, long-lasting results. I personally use smooth silicone implants almost exclusively with my patients.
Question #2: What are the different breast implant shapes?
The two primary options for breast implant shape are round breast implants and teardrop-shaped implants (also known as “gummy bear” implants). While not used as commonly as their round counterparts, some plastic surgeons use teardrop-shaped implants during breast augmentation. However, I almost always use round silicone implants with my patients and have been extremely satisfied with the results over the years.
Question #3: Is it worth it to have breast augmentation if I only want a small increase in breast size?
If the surgery will make you feel better about your appearance, then it can absolutely be worth it. In fact, the dominant recent trend in breast augmentation has been towards more subtle, natural-looking results. However, in some cases, this result may be achieved with fat transfer injections for the breasts. During a pre-surgery consultation, I am happy to explain all of the patient’s possible procedure methods to ensure everyone finds the right option for them.
I understand that there is a lot for patients to know and understand before their surgery can take place. This is why I always take the time to answer questions like these, in hopes of aiding people who are doing their best to learn more about their potential plastic surgery options. For more information on cosmetic surgery, or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram for additional tips, news, and much more.