Breast Implants to Fit Your Unique Goals
Breast implants can change the size, shape, and contour of your breasts, enhancing your figure and boosting your confidence. You can learn more about your candidacy and your options during an in-depth consultation. Dr. Brian F. Burns is able to help patients decide on the right breast implants for their goals and needs at his Victoria, TX, office.
What Are Breast Implants?
Patients interested in increasing their breast size may choose to undergo a breast augmentation with implants. A breast implant is comprised of a thin shell that is filled with either saline or silicone gel. There are many factors to consider when choosing breast implants, as implants can vary greatly.
Different Implant Features
Typically, breast implants come in a range of profiles, shapes, and textures. The best choice for you depends upon each patient’s body type, amount of natural breast tissue, where the implant will be placed, and where the incisions will be made.
The profile of an implant refers to the size of the base. The smaller the base of the implant, the more the implant will project from the chest. Higher-profile implants allow women to achieve more significant cleavage and results, without the need for larger implants.
Round implants are the most commonly used, and resemble compressed spheres. Patients often choose round implants to get more fullness in the top part of the breast and amplify their cleavage. An advantage of round implants is that, if they rotate in place, they will not cause a change in appearance.
Teardrop-shaped implants are fuller at the bottom than at the top, and mimic a natural breast shape. These implants are more costly than round implants, but they give the patient a natural-looking silhouette.
With expertise in breast implant surgery, Dr. Burns will guide you in choosing the type of implant that will give you the greatest satisfaction.
Smooth breast implants are used in the majority of implant surgeries. Once they are placed in the breast pocket, they can move without friction, and thus look more natural. Compared to textured implants, smooth implants have a thinner, softer shell and are less likely to ripple. Smooth implants also tend to have a longer lifespan and are less expensive. Textured breast implants are designed to keep the implant from moving once it is in place. This feature is especially important with teardrop-shaped implants.
Saline implants are filled with a sterile solution of salt and water. These implants are soft and very durable. They can be made in sizes that range from small to very large, and can come in teardrop or round shapes. Saline implants are often preferred because of their safety record. If a saline implant ruptures, the solution is simply absorbed into the body without causing any side effects. Additionally, a leak will become evident soon as saline quickly escapes the implant shell. Saline implants are also filled after the shell is inserted into the breast, so Dr. Burns can make a smaller incision for their placement.
Silicone Gel Implants
Silicone gel implants are filled with a silicone-based gel. A big advantage of silicone implants is that, when in place, they look and feel very similar to natural breast tissue. Silicone implants also generally do not develop rippling, which is common with saline implants, especially in thinner women.
Form-stable implants are made from a thicker silicone gel than traditional silicone implants. These implants are typically teardrop-shaped and they hold their form better if the implant shell ruptures. A disadvantage of silicone implants over saline implants is that if a silicone implant ruptures, the leak may not be detected for a longer amount of time. Additionally, because silicone implants are pre-filled, Dr. Burns will need to make a larger incision to place them.
Find the Right Option for You
With expertise in breast implant surgery, Dr. Burns will guide you in choosing the type of implant that will give you the greatest satisfaction. He can also review the treatment process, costs involved, and the typical timeline for recovery. For a thorough consultation, contact our office today to schedule your appointment. In the meantime, we invite you to explore our Breast Augmentation FAQ.