The decision to pursue breast augmentation surgery is a great step towards helping women feel more confident and empowered in their overall appearance. However, I often explain to my patients during breast augmentation consultations in my office that choosing to undergo this procedure is the first of many important choices to be made. And many of these decisions are in regard to the type of breast implants used during the procedure. Allow me to explain the relevant factors to consider.
This decision process often begins by determining the preferred breast implant material for each patient’s needs. The two options to choose between are silicone and saline. While both types of implants are surrounded by a protective silicone shell, saline implants are filled with a liquid saline (saltwater) solution, while silicone implants are filled with a thicker silicone gel. I have spoken with many patients over the years who believe that silicone implants have a more natural look and feel, but this is strictly a matter of personal preference.
The size of the breast implants used is also critical in helping patients achieve long-term satisfaction with their breast augmentation results. Selecting the right breast implant size is important for both helping to enhance the breasts to the preferences of the patient while maintaining a proportional figure. I allow my patients to see implant sizes and before and after breast augmentation photos from my past patients with similar body types to better understand their options.
While not as prominent a discussion topic as size or material, selecting the right breast implant shape is also very important for patients. The two primary options are round breast implants and teardrop-shaped implants (also known as “gummy bear” implants). Although they are not used as commonly as the more traditional round implants, teardrop-shaped implants may appeal to some patients who prefer that their breasts have a more “bottom-heavy” appearance. Personally, I almost always use round implants with my patients unless they specifically request otherwise as their appearance seems to better complement the figure of most women.
Every decision made during the breast augmentation process is in service of my goal of providing each patient with the new, rejuvenated breast contour that she desires. At the end of the day, as long as the patient is happy, I’m happy. For more information on plastic surgery or if you would like to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. Don’t forget to follow along with us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok for additional tips, news, and so much more.