Your choices when it comes to breast augmentations
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, over 330,000 breast augmentations were performed in 2012, making it the most popular procedure of the year. The burgeoning popularity of silicone gel implants, which returned to the market in 2006 and has surpassed saline in popularity, helped breast augmentation edge out liposuction for the number one spot.
Women who are considering increasing the size of their bust have many different aesthetic choices to make. It can be a little overwhelming if you aren't familiar with some of the different options available to you, so let's review what some of them are.
The first choice you'll need to make with your board-certified plastic surgeon is what size implant you'd like to use. This depends directly on your body type, the tightness and thickness or your breast tissue and how large of a chest you would be comfortable with having. Some women choose to only undergo a slight increase in size, because they have a small frame or don't want to answer too many questions from friends, family and co-workers after their recovery from breast augmentation is complete. Other women will choose a larger size of implant, because they are looking to make a big change and don't mind having people comment on their new look.
Currently, there are two different types of implant on the market: saline and silicone. Saline implants contain sterile salt water and can also be adjusted within the fill range of the implant at the time of surgery to accommodate minor modifications in size.
Silicone implants contain a soft, elastic gel, and these come pre-filled before implantation from the manufacturer. You may hear some referred to as "gummy bear" implants, because the feel of the implant is somewhat similar to that of a gummy bear candy. The material inside, silicone, is made from a naturally occurring element found in sand, quartz and rock called silica. Often, people feel these sorts of implants are more realistic to touch, but bear in mind that the FDA recommends women who have silicone implants undergo an MRI every other year beginning the third year after implantation to screen for silent ruptures.
Textured or smooth?
Both styles of implants can be textured or smooth. Textured implants are less likely to move under the skin when implanted and theoretically decrease the risk of capsular contracture (scar tissue tightening around the implant). Smooth implants are just that - smooth to the touch. These have a higher tendency to move within the pocket where they are implanted.
Round or shaped?
Breasts are like snowflakes - no two sets are alike. Some women have round breasts, and they may choose to have round implants to help maintain their natural shape. Other women have breasts that have unique contours, meaning that shaped implants would be a better choice. This option is also useful for women who are looking to adjust asymmetrical breasts.