Breast Implants 101Let’s talk implants. If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, odds are you have questions about the implants. Keep reading for the latest scoop. We’ll cover everything from placement to implant type and shape. As you read, jot down any additional questions you may have; we’d love to address them at your breast augmentation consultation appointment.

Types of Implants

We offer saline, silicone gel, and silicone cohesive gel implants here at the Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville. Each implant type has its advantages. Saline is approved for patients that are 18 and over while silicone implants can be used in patients 22 and up. Saline tends to be a little less expensive than silicone, while silicone implants have a more natural feel. To get a better idea of which implant might work best for you, check out this article comparing the two types of implants.

Smooth or Textured Implants

One of the biggest complications from breast augmentation surgery is a condition called capsular contracture. This occurs when the thin tissue capsule surrounding the implant becomes hard and tightens. This can cause the breast to feel hard and in extreme cases even distorts the shape of the implant. Rather than having a smooth outer surface, textured implants have an outer layer that is textured (kind of like a rubbery sand paper). This textured surface clings to the capsule, reducing the rate of capsular contracture especially in subglandular augmentations.

In patients with sufficient breast tissue and with a submuscular placement, you can’t feel the difference between a textured and a smooth implant. In patients with less breast tissue, you may notice the thicker shell of the textured implant. Talk with your surgeon about whether textured or smooth implants will be most beneficial for you.

Implant Shape

Many patients are surprised to learn that implants are available in different shapes. Two main shapes are available: round and teardrop. Round is the most common type used and is a popular choice since it provides optimal lift and plenty of cleavage. Some women prefer teardrop however since this implant shape tends to have a more natural look. With round implants smooth or textured can be used since the implant can rotate in its pocket without changing the shape of the breast. With teardrop implants we generally recommend a textured implant to keep the implant from repositioning or moving inside of the capsule.

Implant Size

Are you hoping for large or small implants? Do you want a little boost or a dramatic change in your bust size? When choosing implant size there are a few factors you want to consider. First we’ll take into consideration the amount of natural breast tissue you have. Women with more breast tissue can use a smaller implant to achieve a larger result. Your body shape and size is another factor that will help us determine the best sized implant for your augmentation.

Implant Placement

When it comes to placing implants there are two options available: over (subglandular) or under (subpectoral) the pectoral muscle. This decision is one you’ll want to make with your surgeon as your body type and implant size may have an effect on which placement they’d recommend. With over the muscle placement recovery is generally easier, but placing implants under the muscle can reduce the risk of capsular contracture. Both placements have advantages and your surgeon will help you decide which will be the most beneficial for you.

Are you ready for breast implants of your own? Give us a call today and schedule your consultation.