Breast implants are becoming a highly popular procedure among women of all ages – from teenagers to grandmothers- and if you’re thinking of jumping on the bandwagon soon, then you might want to consider the type of implants you want. Factors like the shape, size, brand and positioning of the implant will play a very important role in determining the final choice, so it’s important for you to understand what you’re getting into.
Since your surgeon will be the one giving you advice and direction on the type of implants you should choose, it’s a good idea to choose a qualified surgeon that has the right kind of training and background experience needed to give you a high-end treatment when fitting appropriate implants for your needs and preferences.
Once you’ve managed to find a reputable surgeon and a reliable brand of implants, you’ll then have to decide on the shape that you want for the implants. Typically, there are two types of implant shapes available, namely; teardrop and round. Teardrop implants are also known as anatomical implants as they give you that natural full look, while round implants will give you fullness at the top of the breast.
There are two types of implant surfaces; smooth and textured. Implants with a smooth surface are covered with a smooth plastic cover and are more rigid and sleek looking. On the other hand, textured surface implants feature an extremely fine surface with sandpaper traction, and they’re a bit rougher than the smooth version. Each option brings with it its own pros and cons, and the choice you make will largely depend on your preferences as well.
Smooth breast implants are probably the most popular option as they’re used in most breast augmentation surgeries. They feel very soft to the touch when compared to the rough surface of textured implants, and they a have a thinner skin as well.
A few of the benefits you can expect from fitting smooth breast implants include:
Some experts believe that textured implants are less likely to lead to capsular contracture, which happens when the scar tissue starts to get hard all around the breast. However, there isn’t enough evidence to prove this yet, and it is still a polarizing subject among surgeons as they haven’t yet agreed on whether or not textured implants reduce a patient’s risk of capsular contracture. As a result, most surgeons just stick to the safe and reliable option, which is soft breast implants, and will mitigate the risk by cushioning the implants with muscle tissue.
Textured implants were essentially created to prevent unnecessary movement of the implant inside the breast pocket. The slightly coarse texture of the implants enables them to stick to the breast tissue that it’s placed on so that they don’t move. The textured surface is an ideal option for the teardrop shaped implants because it enables them to stay in position inside the breast tissue. Moving around would cause the teardrop implant to lose its shape and become slanted.
As briefly mentioned, the idea behind textured implants was to help minimize the risk of capsular contracture. However, there has been no forthcoming medical evidence to prove the validity of this claim.
Ironically, textured implants are most likely to ripple and leak more than smooth implants, and they’re more expensive as well, so you might want to keep that in mind as you make your decision, especially if you’re considering smaller implants.
Polyurethane Breast Implants
When discussing your options, the surgeon will most likely suggest that the implant’s smooth surface should be covered with a coating of polyurethane. The benefit of coating your implant with this material is that it minimizes your chances of experiencing capsular contraction. On the downside, a polyurethane coating will most likely cause your breasts to harden and look fake, which is why surgeons only recommend using them with patients that have had prior instances of capsular contraction.
Breast Implant Sizes
When undergoing a breast augmentation surgery, it’s very important to choose the correct implant size for your needs and preferences. Size options vary from 120 cc to 960 cc, with the most popular range being 300 to 400cc. However, height and diameter also play a role in appropriate implant size.
Your surgeon will discuss all these factors with you during the pre-op consultation, which is also the time when you’ll both decide on the best size for your particular physique.
How to Choose the Right Size?
Here are a few considerations you should make to help you choose the right size of breast implants: