Breast implants are not a one-size-fits-all solution to a woman’s body-shape goals. A woman must customize her implant procedure in order to achieve her desired results. This article will tell you everything you need to know about breast implants and help you make an informed decision about what is best for your body.
What exactly are breast implants?
Breast implants are variously sized silicone, or alternatively fibered shells that are filled with one of several kinds of substances: saline solution, silicone gel, or other less common fillers such as organic-derived oils. Breast implant procedures place the implant into the breast via a small incision.
Okay, so what’s the difference between a saline implant and a silicone implant?
The saline implant is filled with a sterile salt-water solution. This option is more affordable and is considered to be safer. A saline implant is filled during the surgery, is available to women 18-years of age and older, and is often inserted behind the chest muscle in order to give it a more natural feel.
Silicone implants are pre-filled with a silicone gel that has a more viscous texture, closely resembling the feel of fat tissue. The silicone implant is reputed to look and feel more natural than saline implants and is available to women 22 years of age and older.
Are all implants the same shape?
No. Women must chose between a round-shaped implant or a teardrop-shaped implant. Round-shaped implants are like slightly squashed spheres. For women who want more lift, cleavage and fullness, the round-shaped implants are most popular. Women seeking a less obvious look choose the bottom-heavy teardrop-shape. The teardrop is usually more expensive, however, it creates a greater projection, meaning, it stands out more from the chest than round-shaped implants of the same volume.
Where is the incision?
It is up to your doctor and yourself to decide which incision point is best for you:
Areola: Your areola is the darker skin surrounding the nipple. This incision is made along the line of the bottom-half of the dark skin. This incision allows surgeons to place the implant on top of or under the muscle.
Fold: The fold is the crease at the bottom of the breast. Like the areola, the scar is subtle.
Armpit: The incision is placed in the fold of the armpit and results in no scarring on the breast.
Navel: A small incision is made around the belly button. The implant is inserted through an endoscope which is then used to fill the implant with saline solution
Breast implants have two placement options. They can either be placed on top of the pectoralis muscle under the breast tissue, known as the Subglandular, or they can be placed under the pectoralis muscle and against the chest wall, known as the Submuscular. There are several factors play into the decision for what the best location would be for each individual.
What are my options for size?
Implant sizes are measured in ‘cc’s, referring to the volume of substance in the implant. Each ‘cc’ is equal to 1 mL. To avoid any wrinkling of the implant lining, make sure your implant is as filled as possible. Some women fill their 250 cc shell with 275 cc of substance.
When it comes to breast implants the best results go to those who know their bodies and know their choices.