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Breast Implant Choices
Breast augmentation is highly customizable and involves making many different decisions to produce the desired results. Dr. Grazer offers Allergan™, Mentor®, Sientra®, and IDEAL IMPLANT® to provide a wide array of options to tailor your procedure to your exact needs. Deciding on the fill material, shape, and the level of projection are essential factors to consider when choosing an implant because they all have significant impacts on the cosmetic outcome of breast augmentation surgery. Contact Dr. Grazer in Newport Beach to learn more about your breast implant choices.
What Are My Implant Material Options?
The type of implant you choose will have dramatic effects on the result of your procedure. Dr. Grazer will help guide you on the implant material options to help you achieve your desired aesthetic look, depending on your body type.
What Are Silicone Implants?
Many patients who are concerned about achieving a natural result consider this option. The silicone within the implant has a more viscous consistency, which makes it feel more natural and fleshy than what you might experience with a saline implant. These implants have a silicone shell filled with cohesive silicone gel. Only women aged 22 or older can receive silicone implants.
What Are Saline Implants?
Saline implants are usually chosen by women who are looking for dramatic augmentation following their procedure. During this surgery, a silicone shell is inserted into the breast pocket and then filled with sterile saltwater to achieve the appropriate size for the patient.
Since saline implants are firmer and water is not compressible, rippling is higher with this option. Patients who already have significant breast tissue are more likely to have better results than thinner patients since the extra tissue helps to camouflage the rippling.
These implants also have the unique benefit of being able to adjust the size of the implant during surgery and are available to anyone over the age of 18.
What Are Gummy Bear Implants?
Form-stable implants (gummy bear implants) are firmer and maintain their shape better. This rigidness has both positive and negative aspects. Unlike saline or silicone, if this implant is ruptured, the implant will maintain its shape, but that rigidness means it does not have the same natural feel as the less cohesive silicone options. If someone desires larger implants, this may not be the ideal choice due to the firmness.
What Is Breast Implant Shape?
What Are Round Implants?
Round implants are the most popular implant shape. Patients can choose from low profile to high profile round implants, depending on their aesthetic goals and preferred projection.
Are Round Implants Right for Me?
Ideal candidates for round implants may desire any of the following qualities:
- Fullness in the upper pole of the breasts
- High profile breasts
- A choice between silicone and saline implants
What Are Anatomical Implants?
Anatomical (teardrop-shaped) implants mimic the shape of natural breasts more accurately than round implants. Because these implants are tapered at the top and fuller at the bottom, they produce a smooth transition from the upper pole to the lower pole of the breasts.
Are Anatomical Implants Right for Me?
Ideal candidates for anatomical implants may desire any of the following qualities:
- Correction of mild breast tissue sagginess
- A more natural-looking breast enhancement, especially when existing breast tissue is thin
- More suited for smaller implant size
What Is the Implant Profile?
Breasts can appear differently depending on the projection you desire. During your consultation, Dr. Grazer will take exact measurements of the width of your breasts, the size of your torso, and the nipple-to-nipple distance to determine which implant profile will be the best for your body type.
- Low profile: less projection and wider breasts, or when a lift is required
- Moderate profile: proportionate, natural-appearing breasts
- High profile: rounder, pointier breasts, or narrower base width of the breasts
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Implants
Will breast implants increase my cancer risk?
Breast implants are not associated with an increased risk in breast cancer, nor do they interfere with the taking or reading of mammograms (although additional steps may be required). Recently, BIOCELL® textured breast implants (from Allergan™) have been linked to an increased risk of breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), which is a form of lymphoma that can develop in the scar tissue surrounding an implant. While this can be severe, this rare condition is very treatable when found early and may only require the removal of the implant.
Are saline implants safer than silicone implants?
There is a misconception that says saline implants are safer than silicone implants. While saline is naturally absorbed by the body in the case of a rupture (whereas silicone is not absorbed), saline implants are not necessarily safer than silicone implants because silicone implants are not unsafe. Silicone implants have a long history of safe usage, and their presence does not increase any health risks.
In the case of a rupture, loose silicone may travel from the implant into the breast pocket (and potentially the body). This is why we recommend that women with silicone implants undergo routine MRIs or ultrasounds yearly to verify the integrity of the implant.
Loose silicone is not inherently dangerous; however, ruptured silicone implants should be removed as soon as possible to ensure that any free silicone is removed.
How do I know which implant profile is right for me?
Implant profile is one of the most important choices you can make for your breast augmentation as the implant profile determines the shape and projection of your augmented breasts. Implant profile is determined by two factors: aesthetic goals and body type. Implant profiles range from low to ultra-high, and the higher you go up on that scale, the more your implants will project from the chest.
Essentially, the implant profile is the ratio of the round base of the implant versus the height (projection) of the implant.
Figuratively speaking, women who desire a more augmented look are more likely to choose a high or ultra-high profile, whereas women looking for subtle enhancement are better suited for a low or moderate profile implant.
Alternatively, women with wider chest walls would be better suited for a low profile (since these have the widest base and cover the largest area). In contrast, petite women or women with narrower chest walls should choose a high or ultra-high profile.
Is the IDEAL IMPLANT® ideal for me?
The IDEAL IMPLANT® combines the convenience of saline implants with the look and feel of silicone implants. IDEAL IMPLANTS® are filled with sterile saline; however, these implants are made up of various capsules that prevent the saline from moving around the implant in the way that they would in a traditional saline implant. Because the saline is not as moveable, this implant maintains its shape the way a silicone implant would even though there is no silicone gel present in the implant.
In the case of an IDEAL IMPLANT® rupture, the saline in the implant would be absorbed by the body.
Is there any breast implant that is permanent?
Breast implants are designed to be long lasting; however, they are not intended to be permanent. Breast implants can become damaged regardless of their filling material, shape, or profile. Implants are traditionally expected to last between 10 and 15 years; however, some women have been able to keep their implants for decades.