If you have decided to pursue breast augmentation surgery with Dr. Sugene Kim, congratulations! This amazing procedure can restore your sense of femininity and self-confidence. That being said, undergoing breast enhancement surgery is a serious undertaking that involves making several choices along the way. One of the most important decisions you will make is what type and shape of breast implants to use in your procedure. To help you decide, Dr. Kim shares some information about your breast implant options.
Saline vs. Silicone
First, you must decide whether to get saline or silicone breast implants. Both types of implants offer certain advantages and disadvantages. For instance, saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution that your body can safely absorb in case your implant leaks or ruptures. Also, because saline implants are filled after they are inserted, Dr. Kim can use a slightly smaller incision during surgery.
However, saline implants are more prone to wrinkling or rippling within the implant pocket. For this reason, they are not necessarily an appropriate option for women with thin skin or little body fat, as the implants may be visible underneath the surface of the skin.
Silicone implants are less likely to fold or wrinkle within the implant pocket and may be a better option for women with thin skin and a low body fat percentage. However, the body cannot absorb the silicone filling material, which may stay intact either within or close to the implant pocket if the implant ruptures. This makes it difficult to detect whether there is a problem with the implant. In addition, silicone implants require a slightly larger incision for placement, as they are pre-filled by the manufacturer prior to surgery.
Smooth vs. Textured
Regardless of the filling material, all implants have a silicone outer shell that can be smooth or textured. Textured breast implants have been shown to reduce the incidence of capsular contracture, a potentially painful condition in which scar tissue forms and hardens around the implant. A textured outer shell also helps prevent anatomically shaped implants from moving around within the implant pocket. However, textured implants are usually stiffer in feeling and have a higher rate of implant rupture.
Round vs. Anatomic
Finally, you have a choice between round and teardrop-shaped implants. Round implants tend to provide a more dramatic degree of cleavage throughout the upper chest, which is aesthetically appealing to some patients. Also, with round implants, you do not necessarily have to worry about the implants “flipping over” or shifting within the implant pocket, because the implant will look the same whether it shifts or not. Nevertheless, teardrop-shaped implants are anatomically correct and therefore more closely resemble the look of natural breasts. They are often a good choice for women undergoing breast reconstruction surgery following mastectomy for the treatment of breast cancer.
For More Information
For more information about your breast implant choices, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim. During your consultation, she can evaluate your unique physique, listen to your goals for surgery and recommend the type, texture and shape of implant that is right for you. She can also answer any questions you may have.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim to learn more about breast implant surgery, please contact SGK Plastic Surgery by calling (281) 363-4546 today.