Breast Implants Types

Every woman’s ideal breast size and shape has a breast implant to match. There are many considerations for my Dallas breast augmentation patients that are interested in enhancing their breasts – deciding between saline and silicone breast implants is just the beginning. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience in the field, I can further inform you about the pros and cons of each type of implant. I have extensive experience performing breast enlargement surgery and can help you decide which type of breast implant will produce your desired results.

Biodimensional Breast Implant Sizing

I will take six separate measurements of your breasts prior to your breast augmentation procedure. These are designed to assess factors such as nipple position, amount of lower pole skin, amount of skin stretch or give, and amount of tissue coverage. This approach allows me to custom-select the best breast implants for you based on your individual tissue characteristics. By leaving nothing to chance, this custom breast implant selection process enhances the likelihood of achieving the best possible results for your breast enlargement surgery.

Silicone and Saline Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants are made of silicone gel and encased in a silicone rubber shell. In November 2006, the FDA approved silicone breast implants for use in the United States. Previously, silicone implants had been suspected of causing systemic health problems; however, multiple studies and expert-review panels have shown that these claims were false. Silicone implants have been safely used by plastic surgeons in Europe for years, and now American patients can once again take advantage of the natural look and feel of silicone breast implants. I perform breast augmentation surgery with both silicone and saline breast implants at Lemmon Avenue Surgery Center in Dallas.

Some women opt for saline breast implants, but these implants are still encased in a silicone rubber shell.  Saline implants will generally look and feel less natural than silicone implants. The thinner the patient and/or tissue cover, the greater the disparity between how natural silicone looks and how comparatively unnatural saline will appear. If you are uncertain about the type of implants you want, it is best to discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in breast augmentation. Contact my Dallas office to schedule a consultation at my practice.

Smooth or Textured Breast Implants

Breast implants are available with a smooth or textured surface and are either round or anatomically shaped. Some older data suggests that Textured implants may decrease the risk of capsular contracture, an abnormal hardening of a capsule around breast implants. However, these implants tend to form an adherent capsule, making them look more “stuck-on.”  In a select few patients, this may be an advantage in trying to minimize bottoming out; however, one downside of textured breast implants is that they have a thicker shell, increasing their visibility and palpability through the skin.  The vast majority of patients will achieve the softest, most natural appearing and feeling breasts with smooth round silicone implants.

Round or Anatomic Breast Implants

The majority of breast augmentation procedures performed in the United States today are down with smooth round implants.  There are also tear drop shaped or anatomic breast implants. Many patients assume that tear drop shaped or anatomic implants will look more natural; in fact, with well performed breast augmentation surgery, both types of implants can look very natural; also, because all anatomic implants are textured, some people may think they look more stuck-on and less natural.

For answers to further questions or concerns regarding the smooth, textured, round, anatomic, saline, or silicone breast implants used at our Dallas, Texas practice, schedule a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Mark A. Deuber. Every woman’s body is different, so it is important to have an experienced plastic surgeon advise you personally on which breast implants can achieve the look you want.

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