It seems needless to say that breast augmentation is a customized procedure. While most patients recognize this fact, how implants are selected to achieve the most natural-looking results may be somewhat of a mystery. Here, we discuss the adaptable features of breast implants that enable us to address the unique aspects of every patient’s body.
- Of course, breast implants are not a one-size-fits-all type of product. During the consultation process, the focus is given to the extent of enlargement that is desired. Additionally, Dr. Frank uses a discerning eye to examine the range of size that will look most at home on the patient. “Sizers,” or try-on implants may be placed inside the bra to assess the overall appearance that may be achieved with various sizes. A note about size: beauty comes from proportion, not from a particular cup size. It is important to choose breast implants based on factors such as the frame, height, and weight.
- Not only do patients have the option of saline or silicone in their implants, but nuances vary from product to product, as well. More patients are leaning toward form-stable silicone implants to achieve the look and feel of natural breast tissue. However, saline remains a viable option for some. The material is best understood by consulting with an experienced cosmetic surgeon about your needs and preferences.
- Implants are no longer merely round shells filled with saline or silicone. Today, there are options that resemble a woman’s natural anatomy. The teardrop implant is tapered at the top and fuller at the bottom, whereas round implants are more balanced. Each has the potential of looking natural.
- Location of incisions. The incisions for breast implant insertion may be made in one of three primary locations. While incisions may be made within the armpit or around the areola, a large percentage of patients prefer to have incisions made along the inframammary fold or the lower crease of the breasts.
- An implant shell may be textured or smooth. It was once believed that textured implants would reduce the risk of capsular contracture, though studies have yet to confirm an unmistakable benefit. Due to the thickness of the wall of textured implants, the result may be a firmer feel to the touch.