There are a number of factors that can influence your breast augmentation results. From implant type and size to profile and placement, the elements of your individual procedure all affect the final outcome. Each woman has a unique anatomy and specific preferences about how she’d like her breasts to look, so understanding important distinctions about implants can help you make the choice that’s right for you.
Saline vs. Silicone
Saline implants are filled with a saltwater solution and silicone implants are filled with silicone gel. Saline and silicone implants vary in look and feel. An experienced cosmetic surgeon can help you determine which implant type will best meet your needs.
Implants are available in a wide range of sizes, and there are several ways that you can select your ideal size. Show your surgeon several photos of how you’d like your breasts to look and try on implant sizers to get a feel for how your new breast size might look. Breast implants are measured not by cup size but by volume, and the size that works best for you will depend on chest height and width and your existing breast tissue.
Projection and Placement
An implant’s profile refers to how much it projects forward. Low profile implants have a wide base and less projection while high profile implants have a smaller base and a larger degree of projection. Implants can be placed either above or below the pectoral muscle. The placement that’s best suited to you depends upon your natural breast size, the width of your chest and your goal look.
Perhaps more important than anything else, however, is surgical skill. Choose a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with extensive experience performing breast augmentations to ensure that you get the best breast implant results.