Are you thinking about breast augmentation but are unsure which implant is best for you? Deciding to undergo an augmentation and selecting which type of implant to use are both deeply personal decisions. But thanks to cosmetic advances, you now have options that look and feel completely natural. At The Plastic Surgery Center in Bradenton, FL, we can work with you to determine which breast implants will give you the best results.
There’s a reason why implants are one of the most sought-after cosmetic treatments. Implants can increase the size of your bosom, improve your overall silhouette, and boost your self-confidence. But getting the results you want and deserve means choosing the right implant.
What Implant Options Do I Have?
All implants have an outer silicone shell, but the inside can be filled with either saline or silicone gel. Both types of implants come in various sizes, textures, and shapes, and each offers different advantages to the patient.
As their name implies, saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater. These implants are unique in that they can be filled to different levels before being placed in the body, which ensures that the patient’s cosmetic goals are met. These implants can also be used to resolve breast asymmetry. Due to the nature of saltwater, these implants may feel firmer than silicone implants. Saline implants are an option for patients 18 years of age or older.
Silicone implants, which are filled with a silicone gel, have gradually become the most popular choice option for women seeking breast augmentation. These implants retain a stable shape long-term, and they feel more natural. They’re also a nice option for patients with less breast tissue.
Silicone implants are available to patients 22 or older. Once you have a silicone implant in place, your health care provider may recommend that you have a breast MRI every few years as a way of keeping an eye on the structural integrity of the implant.
Which Type of Breast Implant Feels the Most Natural?
Silicone implants tend to feel more like natural breast tissue than saline implants. They are also less likely to fold or ripple, giving the patient a smooth and even bosom long-term. For patients who are naturally thinner or who have smaller breasts, silicone implants can be a particularly good option because the edges of these implants are less noticeable on a lean body.
How Big of a Factor Is Implant Placement?
The placement of your implants also has a lot to do with how natural they appear. Implants are generally placed either above or partially behind the pectoralis muscle, which is the thick, fan-shaped muscle in the chest. Implants are more commonly placed under the muscle, which can give the patient results that appear more natural.
During your initial consultation, we can talk with you about the placement of your implant and determine which approach is best for you. Your lifestyle, the amount of natural breast tissue you have, and your expectations will all influence the placement of your implants.
Does the Shape of the Implant Play a Role?
In years past, most breast implants were round, but today teardrop implants, also referred to as anatomical implants, are available that resemble the natural shape of the breast. Anatomical implants are generally textured, which helps them adhere to the patient’s natural tissues and prevents them from turning sideways or upside down once in place. Round implants are less likely to be textured because they can rotate without any ill effects.
How Large of an Implant Should I Seek Out?
If you’re considering a breast implant, it may be tempting to seek out the largest possible implant. But several other factors influence how an implant will look once it’s in place. Our team can work with you to select the best size for you, taking into consideration your body type, lifestyle, and proportion.
Your Body Type
Your height, the size of your chest, and other aspects of your body type all play a role in determining what size of the implant will look best on you. That may mean that the largest implant available isn’t the one that is best for you.
Before committing to a specific size of the implant, think about your lifestyle and the activity level that you maintain. If you are highly athletic, very large implants may not be the most realistic option for you.
When selecting an implant, think about the overall proportions of your body. It’s easy to gravitate to the largest option, but will that make your silhouette appear top-heavy or unbalanced? Consider how implants will influence the overall look of your body.
What Happens During a Breast Augmentation With Implants?
Any augmentation is tailored to the patient’s cosmetic goals, expectations, and anatomy. This treatment is usually performed under a light general anesthesia and lasts one to two hours. We’ll talk with you in advance about the incisions that will be made, but these are often made in the inframammary fold beneath the breast, in the armpit, or along the edge of the areola. After the incisions have been made the implants will be slipped into place, either above or partially behind the muscle, and the incisions will then be closed.
What Is Recovery Like?
This treatment is usually performed on an outpatient basis, which means you’ll be able to head home within a few hours to begin your recovery. Most patients spend several days resting at home and are back to their regular schedules within 5 days. It’s important to eat healthfully and follow the guidelines of your healthcare provider when it comes to resuming strenuous exercise after treatment.
How Soon Will I See Results?
One of the great things about breast augmentation is that you’ll see some results almost immediately. Your breasts will appear larger and will rest higher on your chest right away, although it may take up to three months for your results to fully develop. This treatment permanently increases the size of the bosom and improves its overall look.
That means you won’t have to worry about follow-up treatments or go to extraordinary measures to maintain your results. Of course, your bosom won’t be immune to gravity, the aging process, or lifestyle habits, so you’ll want to keep up a healthy and consistent weight.
Are Breast Implants Safe?
Both saline and silicone implants have been approved by the FDA and are safely and widely used.
Do I Have Options Other Than Breast Implants?
If you’re not sure implants are for you, you do have other options. A treatment known as a fat transfer can naturally improve the shape and fullness of your breasts without the need for implants. During this treatment, fat is harvested from areas like the abdomen or hips using liposuction and then transferred to the breasts to enhance fullness.
If you are not a candidate for implants, or if you are seeking a more natural approach to breast enhancement, a fat transfer could be an ideal option for you. Another benefit of a fat transfer is that it helps get rid of fat in places where you don’t want it.
What About a Breast Lift?
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is another great way of improving the look of your bosom without pursuing implants. During a breast lift, excess skin is removed and the patient’s existing breast tissue is reshaped in a way that results in a perkier and better-positioned bosom. A breast lift can improve the appearance of your breasts, but it won’t necessarily increase your cup size. Some patients, however, find that their breasts appear larger after a lift simply because they’ve been reshaped and repositioned on the chest.
Although a breast lift is often sought out when patients have a bosom that has begun to sag, implants can also be incorporated into this treatment. Patients who undergo a lift combined with implants enjoy breasts that are both larger and more lifted.
Am I a Candidate?
If you’re interested in learning more about breast augmentation, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeff Scott. Dr. Scott received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed residencies in general surgery and trauma and plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Medical College of Virginia. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
During your consultation, Dr. Scott will review your medical history and talk with you about your cosmetic concerns and goals. He will work with you to select implants and design a treatment plan that will best meet your aesthetic concerns. There are several early signs that you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation.
You’re in Good Overall Health
The best patients are in good physical health. This means you don’t have any significant underlying medical conditions, any infections, or any untreated cancers. It also helps if you don’t smoke or consume excessive amounts of alcohol.
You Have a Healthy Frame of Mind
Breast augmentation with implants can permanently alter the look of your bosom, so patients who embark on this treatment should have a healthy frame of mind. It’s also important that you have realistic expectations about the outcome of this treatment. Breast augmentation won’t take 20 years off your appearance, but it will significantly improve the look of your bosom and give your overall silhouette a more youthful and fit appearance.
You’d Like to Improve and Enlarge the Appearance of Your Breasts
If age, weight fluctuations, or pregnancies have left you with breasts that are elongated, uneven, or not as full as you’d like, breast augmentation with implants could be just what you’re looking for. Breast implants are a particularly good option for patients who want to increase their bosom by at least a cup size. If you’re looking not for an increase in volume but the opportunity to lift your bosom and restore its perkiness, a lift may be the better treatment option for you.
You Could Benefit From Breast Reconstruction
If you have undergone a mastectomy or need breast reconstruction after trauma, breast implants can be an effective way of reconstructing the bosom.
Take the First Step Today
Are you ready to take the first step toward a whole new you, but uncertain about which implant will give you the results you want? The good news is that this isn’t something that you have to decide on by yourself. Our team can help you find breast implants that look and feel completely natural. Ready to learn more? Call The Plastic Surgery Center, in Bradenton, FL, and schedule your implant consultation today.