Breast Implants: Understanding Your Options

Never before has the breast augmentation process offered such a range of customized options for patients. Just like every woman’s body is unique, now breast implants can be, too. If you are considering or preparing for breast augmentation in the future, it’s important to understand all of the implant options now available to you.

Saline vs. Silicone

Saline and silicone are the two most common materials utilized to create breast implants. They both offer unique benefits based upon the final outcome that you want to achieve. Silicone and saline implants are both designed with an outer silicone shell, but the material inside the shell and the method of implantation differ. Just like saline solution, saline implants contain sterile saline water that is added after the shell has been inserted into the breast. Silicone implants, meanwhile, are pre-filled with specialized silicone gel.  

The saline water inside of saline implants gives augmented breasts the look and feel of water balloons, which some women prefer. Other women opt for silicone implants, because the thick silicone gel closely resembles the consistency and feel of human fat. This makes silicone implants very popular for giving the appearance of natural breast tissue.

The reaction of each type of implant in the case of a rupture is also different. A saline implant rupture is obviously immediate, because the implant essentially deflates. However, if a silicone implant ruptures, any silicone released is absorbed by the body, and it may take a long time for the rupture to become evident.

Round vs. Teardrop

In terms of breast implant shape, the two most prevalent choices are round implants and teardrop implants. Round implants are symmetrical spheres that can have smooth or textured surfaces. Women select round implants because they offer lift, cleavage, and fullness to the breasts. Teardrop implants, on the other hand, have a sloped contour and texture that mimics the shape of natural breasts. Many women prefer teardrop implants because they look like a fuller version of real breasts.

With so many options at your fingertips, it is essential that you work with an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Marc Polecritti of The Julian Institute of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Polecritti is double board certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, and specializes in breast augmentation. Call (352) 606-4754 to schedule an appointment in Spring Hill, Florida and select the implants that make the perfect fit for your body.