Breast augmentation isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure, nor a one-breast-implant-type-suits-all scenario. If you’re considering breast implants, chances are you’re looking for increased volume and breasts which appear bigger overall. How you achieve this will be a personal decision, based on the outcome you want, your natural body shape and which of the breast implant types you prefer.
Saline vs. Silicone
When you consider types of breast implants, the main choice is between saline or silicone-filled shells. Both have their advantages and, during your initial consultation with your board-certified plastic surgeon, the most suitable breast implant type for you will be identified.
In very general terms, saline breast implants have a uniformly round shape, while silicone breast implants more closely resemble the look and feel of natural breast tissue. You may find that a breast lift is also required to create the look you have in mind. And in some cases, a breast lift alone, when using a tissue-sparing technique such as auto-augmentation breast lift, can help you achieve the breast appearance you want without the need for implants. Remember, there’s no one best type of breast implant, just the type which is best for you and your individual circumstances.
Types of Breast Implants
As well as choosing between the two main types of breast implants, silicone and saline, there are a few more options which can influence the results of your breast augmentation. Round breast implants can create a fuller appearance, smooth breast implants are softer and can achieve more natural movement, and textured breast implants are least likely to move around within the breast pocket. Each of these types can be discussed with your plastic surgeon while working towards finding the most suitable option for you.