Breast Implant Options

If you’re considering undergoing breast enlargement, than you might have already discovered the many choices that you’ll have to make along the way. New technology, products, and plastic surgery techniques have created more options than ever for women wanting bigger breasts. Long gone are the days of one size fits all.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of the possibilities offered, peruse the following list of options to help you narrow down your decision.

1. Size

This is probably the first, and for some women, the easiest choice to make. However, even if you believe you are absolutely certain about how large to go, it is best to consult with a cosmetic surgeon and be flexible with your decision.

Not only can physical limitations impede your vision, but sometimes an outside professional opinion can help you achieve the optimal aesthetics for your particular body type.

For women unsure about size, some find it helpful to use gel inserts or bags of rice to insert into their bras to get an idea of the look and feel. Some cosmetic surgeons can supply testers as well.

2. Breast Implant Type

Choosing between silicone and saline breast implants has vexed even the most decisive women. Until recently, silicone implants were only available in cases of reconstructive plastic surgery; however, the FDA has now decided they are safe for all breast enlargement procedures.

Saline is a popular choice because in the case of leaking or rupture, the solution absorbs into the body safely. Some women find that they are not as shapely and can cause rippling underneath the skin.

Silicone implants are often considered to have the most natural appearance and tend to ripple less. If they do leak, however, it could take months to notice, giving the substance time to trickle into the body and potentially cause damage. Women who do choose silicone should have their implants regularly checked and eventually replaced after ten or more years.

3. Incision and Placement

After you’ve decided how large and the kind of breast implant you’d like, you’ll have to consider the options you have during the surgery itself. These may be limited by your cosmetic surgeon’s preferences and recommendations, so it is important to discuss the possibilities beforehand.

The incision will somewhat depend on the placement. In general, there are four common incision sites: the armpit, in the breast fold, around the areola, and through the navel. The areola is the most common, while very few plastic surgeons offer the relatively new navel technique.

The most popular placement is over the muscle. Many people believe that this looks the most natural and it is often the safest. For women with little breast tissue to begin with, the implant may be safer to place below the pectoral muscle, but will have to be made a little larger to achieve the desired look.

Regardless of what size, type of implant, or its placement, the most important decision is choosing a board-certified and highly skilled plastic surgeon to perform your breast enlargement.