What are my implant options?
There are a number of options when it comes to choosing the best implant for each patient. We spend extra time during our consultations to determine each person’s goals and personalize their implant selection.
Implant choices include:
1) What is the material that fills the implants – silicone vs saline. Both have advantages and disadvantages particular to the material:
Silicone gel has been used in breast implants for over 50 years, and is currently used in 4th and 5th generation implants as cohesive and highly cohesive gel. Advantages to silicone implants are a more natural feel and less risk of rippling. Current generation implants also allow for customization of the cohesiveness of the gel, which can change the appearance and feel depending on the patient’s preference.
Saline (salt water) is natural in that our bodies are mostly water. If there is a rupture the saline will get absorbed into the body without leaving any residue. Saline implants can also be inserted through a smaller incision than silicone implants. The negatives to saline implants are that there is a higher risk of rippling of the implant that can be visible as well as a less natural feel to the implant.
2) Implant volume – The volume of filling material within the implant
3) Implant profile – The implant can be chosen in different “profiles” which can be wider and flatter or narrower and fuller.
4) Other options can include smooth vs textured and round vs anatomic. However, for safety and predictability we only use smooth, round implants.
How do I choose my new size?
We will spend considerable time during the consultation and preoperative visits to help choose the perfect size, shape, and filler material. We will help to determine the best implant based on each patient’s goals as well as measurements, pictures, and trying on sample implants in the office. Our staff is very experienced in providing advice and guiding each patient towards making the right choice.