A breast augmentation is one of my favorite procedures to perform because it has the ability to completely transform a woman’s body contour. And when you feel more comfortable in your skin, this self-confidence radiates into every aspect of your life. Furthermore, with my unique One Day Recovery breast augmentation, you can get the breasts of your dreams in the morning, and still go out to dinner that night. The key to achieving your ideal breasts, however, is choosing the right implant. So, what’s the best implant for you?
Silicone is the Clear Winner
There are two types of breast implants:
Many patients think that the two are interchangeable. They are not. Each has clear pros and cons. Personally, I almost always recommend silicone gel breast implants for my breast augmentation patients. I think that they deliver a much more natural look and feel to the breasts, and this is always my goal. So, if a patient comes in thinking that she wants saline breast implants, I am going to be honest with her about the fact that in my experience, which is considerable, she will have a better result with silicone.
Silicone Gel Breast Implants are Safe
Most of the time, if a patient wants saline breast implants, it is because she is concerned about the safety of silicone. Let me be very clear. As one of the most studied medical devices in history, silicone gel breast implants are completely safe. They actually have a lower rupture rate than saline as well as a lower risk for complications such as capsular contracture. Combine this with the fact that silicone gel breast implants deliver a better result, and you can understand why silicone is the clear winner in my book.
Not All Silicone Breast Implants are the Same
However, just as many patients are confused about the differences between silicone and saline implants, they also think that all silicone breast implants are the same. This could not be farther from the truth. Not only are there differences between silicone implants by manufacturer, but every silicone gel breast implant has its own unique level of cohesiveness. This is separate from the size of your implant. Cohesiveness is a characteristic that speaks to the softness of the breast implant.
A young patient, for example, with small breasts who has not had children is going to have tight, firm breast tissue. For these patients, I will typically recommend a softer implant. However, a mother is going to have breast tissue that is thinner, and more stretched out. She will do better with a more cohesive, firmer breast implant in order to compensate for this weakness in her breast tissue.
Plastic Surgeon’s Job to Help You Choose
It is my job to recommend the right breast implant for your unique anatomy, lifestyle, and goals. A breast implant must always fit within the confines of your chest measurements. Furthermore, if you are highly active, you may need a different implant than a woman who lives a more sedentary life. I typically present my patients with a range of options. Then, together, we pick the best implant for you.