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Breast Augmentation, Implant Options, And What You Need To Know Before Surgery

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Do you want to change the look or shape of your breasts? Before you schedule your surgery, take a look at the top questions patients have about implants answered.

Is There Only One Type of Implant?

Simply stated—no. You have implant options for an augmentation procedure. The primary types of implants commonly used for breast enhancement include:

  • Saline implants. As the name implies, these implants are filled with saline (sterile saltwater). These implants are FDA-approved for women 18 years of age or over. If the implant should leak or rupture, your body can absorb and expel the saline.
  • Silicone implants. This type of implant is made with a silicone gel and is FDA-approved for women 22-years or over. Some women may prefer the natural breast tissue-like feel of this option.
  • Gummy bear implants. Unlike saline and silicone implants, the name does not directly refer to what's inside of the gummy bear implant. This option has a thicker silicone gel and come in a shaped (tapered towards the top) form.

Along with the basic types of breast implant fillings (saline and silicone), talk to your surgeon about shape and texture options. Round implants offer a fuller appearance, smooth implants have a soft feeling, and textured types may move inside of your breast less than other implants.

Which Type of Implant Is Best?

Your surgeon will discuss the options during a pre-surgery consultation and help you to make the best decision for your body. The type of implant you choose depends on several factors. These include:

  • Personal preference. Provided the surgeon doesn't find a medical reason to exclude one type of implant, your personal preference plays a primary role in the decision-making process.
  • Shape goals. Again, round implants create a fuller shape—especially in the top part of your breast. If you prefer a gentle slope, shaped implants are the option to explore.
  • Age. Younger women in their late teens and early 20's don't have the same options as women 22 and over. If you are 21 or under, you'll need to choose a saline implant.

Not only do you need to choose a type and shape of your implant, but you also have to select a size. While you may think bigger is better, a skilled surgeon can help you to understand how the implants will look on your frame and the implications of excessively large breasts over time. Contact a plastic surgery clinic for more information about breast augmentation