The breasts that look good on one woman will not necessarily be the most flattering on another. Height, weight, and physical build will factor into which breast size will work best for a particular individual. Moreover, lifestyle and personal desires are also important. Luckily, today there are a variety of implant choices, allowing women to get a breast surgery that is truly tailored to their needs.” Dr. Erica Anderson, Breast and Body Specialist.
Ideal Breast Implants
Women who undergo breast augmentation with Dr. Erica Anderson are privy to a unique experience where a female surgeon, familiar with women’s anatomy, can place surgical implants that were developed by an actual plastic surgeon. A limited number of doctors are currently able to offer this innovative procedure to their patients due to the recent launch and immediate popularity of the implants. The FDA-approved Ideal Implant provides women with ripple-free, natural-looking breast enhancement. The saline filler is discreetly housed in the implant’s interior, with additional layers that add to its safety and form. In comparison with saline and silicone breast implants, the Ideal Implant looks and feels more natural due to its internal structure.
Ideal implants provide patients with the safety that saline implants boast, and the function of silicone gel implants. This hybrid implant provides women with a third option to address their aesthetic concerns such as rippling, capsular contracture, or scar tissue that can lead to firm or misshapen breasts. The additional shells of the implant create a cushioning that lessens the risk of complications, and provides beautiful form, feel, and movement of surgically enhanced breasts.
Saline or Silicone Gel Filled Breast Implants. What is the safest breast implant choice?
Saline implants will provide a round, full, firm feeling breast. Saline implants do not come pre-filled, rather they are placed in the breast while empty. They are then filled once in position, thus requiring a smaller incision. Saline implants often cost less than silicone gel. Although leakage is rare, if rupture does occur the saltwater solution inside the implant is reabsorbed into the body and the rupture is easier to detect than with silicone implants.
Silicone gel implants are the most popular choice for breast augmentation on the market today. The implants come pre-filled with a cohesive and flexible silicone gel which is known to look and feel more natural than saline implants. Due to the implants being pre-filled, they require a larger incision line for implantation. The inner material consistency gives silicone implants a lower deflation rate, as well as a smaller chance for rippling to occur. For a brief time silicone implants were thought to be less safe than their saline counterparts. However, the FDA has now approved them to be 100% safe for all women.
Volume, Shape, and Texture Options for Breast Implants
Many women often think that implant volume goes by bra size such as A, B, C, D, etc. However, the volume of an implant is actually measured as cc’s. This gives the patient and surgeon the option to truly custom fit the implant size to the individual patient. Since implants are available in a large selection of volumes and projection types, women can be very specific when choosing their breast size. Although breast implant sizers are not one hundred percent accurate in judging the true look the implant will give when surgically placed in the chest, they are available as a tool to assist women in picking the right volume implant for their needs.
Saline and silicone implants can be found in both round and anatomic shapes. Round implants are more popular, though the shaped devices are newer on the market. Round implants will give optimal upper pole fullness for a perkier and more augmented breast look. When enough breast tissue is present, round implants may still give a natural breast shape in some patients. Anatomic shaped implants, or tear drop shape, are form-stable implants meaning that they maintain their shape. Anatomic implants will also be firmer than round implants in order to maintain their shape in the upward, standing position. They give less upper pole fullness and more volume in the lower portion of the breast. This gives a more natural contour and slope to the breast similar to a natural breast shape. In some cases, they can correct a degree of ptosis without requiring a breast lift procedure.
Implants can either have a smooth or textured surface. Anatomic implants are only textured as it inhibits rotation of the device in order to maintain the proper breast shape. Smooth implants are more popular for their ease of placement and are typically used in a submuscular position. Textured implants are a better choice for subglandular placement decreasing rate of capsular contracture.
During your consultation with Dr. Anderson, implants will be selected that best suit your anatomy and your aesthetic goals.
Read more about Dr. Anderson’s advice on the Allergan Textured Implant Recall and what are the safest breast implants to choose for you.