Considering Breast Implants? Make Sure You Know All The Options
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, with more than 313,327 performed in 2013 alone.
While their safety has been proven time and again (silicone breast implants are one of the most tested medical devices in FDA history) many women may not be aware that there are choices beyond the silicone or saline debate.
Medical device manufacturers have responded to a woman’s need for the most natural result possible. And depending on your body type and the recommendations of your board-certified plastic surgeon, the recently approved “gummy bear” or teardrop-shaped implants may be the right solution for you.
Breasts naturally project more at the bottom than at the top, so depending on the results of your consultation, it may be a good idea to consider an implant that is shaped the same way.
Patients have varying desires, specifically with regard to their breast implant profile, that is, how far the implant projects from the chest wall. These new implants, also called “form stable” may offer customization options beyond high, moderate, or low. The array of new implants, from all 3 major implant manufacturers in the U.S., opens up new opportunities for women to collaborate with their plastic surgeons and achieve truly personalized results.
Some women want a fuller, rounder look in the upper pole of the breast, and for them a round implant may be the best choice. Round implants, too, come in many different profiles ranging from low to high with subtle variations in between; they are currently the most widely used silicone implant in the United States. However, with new options available, patients and their surgeons must determine the ideal implant size as well as the best style.
With more options than ever, it's natural that patients have more questions. That's why it's important for women to consult with board-certified plastic surgeons when they are considering cosmetic breast surgery.
So when you go in for a breast augmentation consultation, don't worry if you don't have your ideal implant pre-selected. You're not supposed to! That's what your board-certified plastic surgeon - who has probably placed hundreds or thousands of breast implants - is trained to do. He or she will talk with you at length about your lifestyle and the look you want, and will guide you toward the best implants for your goals. The important thing to remember is that your results can be truly customized, thanks to the variety of shapes, styles, and sizes of implants available today.