There are many different breast implant options from materials, sizes, and textures. The implant type you choose directly affects your overall look. Whether your goal is a subtle change or a more dramatic difference, there is a breast implant that’s right for you.
There are three types of breast implants: saline breast implants, silicone breast implants, and combination saline/silicone breast implants. Your plastic surgeon is an excellent resource with whom to discuss your options.
Breast implants are also available in a range of profiles, sizes, shapes, and textures to suit a variety of looks. There is an implant style for every figure. The breast implant option that’s right for you will be based on your body type. Talk to your surgeon during your consultation for help selecting the style of breast implant that will give you the great look you deserve.
The profile of a breast implant refers to the level of forward projection from the chest wall in relation to the base width of the implant. In other words, the profile indicates the distance the implant will project from your body. A higher profile breast implant will create a more prominent silhouette than a lower profile breast implant.
Breast implant size is measured in cubic centimeters (often referred to as cc’s). The larger the implant, the higher the volume of cc’s will be. For example, a 300cc implant is larger than a 250cc implant. Breast implant sizes do not correspond to traditional bra cup sizes. Choosing the right size implant is generally the most important decision a woman and her surgeon will make. For an accurate, in-person visualization of how different implant sizes will affect your shape, consult a surgeon that uses the MENTOR® Volume Sizing System. Your plastic surgeon will also evaluate your existing breast tissue to determine if you have enough tissue to accommodate the desired size of breast implant. Your surgeon is the best resource for determining what size implant is best for your body.
There are repercussions of implants that are too large for your frame. With breast implants that are too large for the amount of breast tissue you have, the implants’ edges may be visible through your skin or the implant may be more easily felt after your operation. You also may increase the risk of having surgical complications. Plus, breast implants that are too large may increase the effects of gravity on your body, causing your breasts to prematurely droop or sag.
Breast implant shells have either a smooth or textured surface. Talk to your surgeon to decide which surface texture is best for you.
Remember, choosing your breast implant type is something that you will do with the help of your surgeon at the time of your consultation.