Finding the Right Breast Implants: The 3 Key Questions You Need Answered

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If you’re considering undergoing a breast augmentation procedure, it’s important to do your research and know exactly what you want. But with different kinds, sizes, and shapes available, how do you know which one is right for you?

It’s simpler than you think: by considering just 3 questions you can be confident about the kind of implants you want. In this article we break down all you need to know about choosing the right implants for your body.

Saline or Silicone?

This is the first choice you need to make when it comes to breast implants, as there are two main types available: saline, or silicone.

Saline implants are a soft silicone shell which is filled with sterile salty water. The draw of this type of implant is that if the shell were to break or leak, the saline solution inside would be absorbed into the body. However, saline implants are said to feel and look less natural than the silicone alternative.

Silicone implants have a silicone shell which is filled with an elastic gel. Unlike saline implants, the gel filling cannot be absorbed into the body, so if a silicone implant leaks, the gel may escape to the area around the implant, can change breast shape and size, and can be painful.

Smooth or Textured?

Textured implants have been developed to have a firmer, rougher surface that allows breast tissue to grow into and stick to the implants. This means that they move around less in the chest, and they tend to hold their shape better.

Conversely, smooth implants can move more freely within the breast pocket, giving a more natural-looking movement. They are also the softest type of implant.

Round or Teardrop?

The two main types of implant shape are round and teardrop.

Round implants give a fuller, higher profile look to the breast. Also, because they are symmetrical, any rotation of the implant inside the chest will not affect the look or shape of the breasts.

However, many patients opt for teardrop implants, as they feel it more closely resembles a natural breast shape, which fills out towards the bottom like a teardrop shape. Rotation is a problem for teardrop implants as they are asymmetrical, and so they are usually combined with a textured shell.

Consult with your surgeon for more tailored advice, particularly regarding implant sizing.