Once you have made the decision to undergo a breast augmentation with implants, you will have several important decision to make. After all, there are many different decisions regarding placement and materials used. Here you'll find the information needed to make the big decision.
Saline is a popular choice for breast implants. Before it's inserted into the breasts it feels something like a plastic bag filled with water. It's constructed with a durable outer shell and a number of silicone rubber layers. There is a valve which the surgeon can use to fill the implant to its final size. These implants are available in many sizes from 150 to 700 cubic centimeters. However, there are also smaller sizes ranging from 150 to 400 cubic centimeters.
Here's a quick cheat sheet for saline:
– Cost: Saline is much more affordable. In fact, they are about half of the cost of silicone gel.
– Feel: Saline does not feel quite as normal as silicone gel. But it's still a very good option if you're visiting a qualified and experienced surgeon.
– Volume: Since the implants can be filled when inside the breasts, saline implants can easily be adjusted. This means that you can ensure both breasts are the same size in volume and weight.
– Wrinkling: Unfortunately wrinkling is a common issue with saline implants. The wrinkling is usually felt along the bottom or lower edge of the breast.
Silicone Gel Implants
Silicone gel implants are constructed from numerous layers of silicone rubber. While these implants tend to get a bad reputation, they are completely safe today. The silicone used in today's surgeries is semi-solid which helps to reduce migration, bleeding, and infection. These implants also come in varying sizes.
Here's a quick fact sheet for silicone gel implants:
– Cost: Silicone gel implants are a bit expensive. They can cost up to twice as much as saline, which can be a problem if your budget is small.
– Feel: Due to the softer gel, silicone gel usually has a more natural feel.
– Volume: Since these are not filled during surgery, the volume can not be adjusted. Once inserted, the implants are sealed. Unfortunately, this can mean breasts that are not completely even.
– Wrinkling: While rare, wrinkling can occur in these implants. If a capsule formation occurs, the implants may begin wrinkling anywhere on the breast.
While most of the time a breast augmentation is performed with saline or silicone gel, consumers do have other options. These include:
– Textured Implants: These type of implants have a coarse outer covering which helps to prevent wrinkling. They are available in varying shapes including round, teardrop, and anatomic. While they are not used much in today's society, they were once popular.
– High-Profile: For those looking for a large adjustment, high-profile implants may be suited. These come in varying sizes which allow consumers to jump from an A cup to a D cup.
As you can see, there are several options when it comes to breast augmentation implants. Remember to consult your doctor, surgeon, and budget before settling on any option. After all, each implant has its own set of positives and negatives.