What Should You Know Before Getting Breast Implants

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If you’re pursuing breast augmentation to achieve more voluptuous breasts, you will have several choices to make regarding your breast implants. Your plastic surgeon will guide you through the process of choosing your breast implants‘ size, fill material, and shape to help you achieve the sculpted, perkier profile you desire.

Understanding these options before your consultation can help make your final decision easier. Here are some factors to look at when choosing your breast implants.

Breast Implant Size

When selecting the size of your implants, you might be tempted to go several sizes larger than your current breast size. However, you should consider your breast augmentation goals, your lifestyle, and if the implants will fit your frame. Trying on implant sizers, discussing your desired look with your plastic surgeon, and reviewing before and after photos are good ways to determine the right implant size for you.

Breast Implant Material

You have 2 choices available for implant material depending on the look and feel you want.

  • Saline breast implants: These FDA-approved implants contain sterile saltwater and are filled after they are placed in the chest during the procedure. If the implant ruptures, the saltwater will be safely absorbed by the body. These implants are easily customizable but tend to ripple and feel much firmer than natural breast tissue.
  • Silicone breast implants: Silicone gel implants are also FDA-approved and the more popular choice. As the implants contain silicone gel, they tend to look more natural and will not lose their shape if the outer shell is damaged.

You can learn more about which implants feel most like your natural tissue and answers to other common breast augmentation questions in our related blog post.

Breast Implant Shape

The shape of a breast implant can be round or anatomical, also called “shaped.” If you desire more fullness in the upper breast, round implants are a good choice for you. If you want your implants to enhance the natural contours of your breasts—with more fullness at the base—you should opt for anatomically shaped implants.

Read this blog from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for help on how to pick the perfect breast implant shape.

Are You a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is not a magic pill and will not change your body drastically. But it can enhance and improve your breasts and give you a flattering silhouette. It’s important to be at a stable weight and focus on your nutrition before you go into the procedure. Your overall health will play a key role in how soon you heal from surgery and your ability to maintain your results.

It’s also important to note that breast augmentation may not help with severe sagging in the breasts. While it may provide some degree of lifting, you should opt for a breast lift if you have moderate to severe sagging.

You will make many decisions for your breast augmentation procedure. Your plastic surgeon will give you realistic expectations and help you make these important decisions. Dr. Beckenstein has helped many women achieve beautiful breast augmentation results and can help guide you through this exciting process. If you are ready to transform your breasts, request a consultation or call us at  (205) 933-9308 to schedule an appointment.

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