How To Choose The Best Breast Implants For You

Choosing the Right Type of Implant

If you've decided to have breast enlargement surgery and found a qualified surgeon, you may think that the hard part is over except for the recovery. But the decision making is just beginning because now you need to decide what type of implant you're going to have inserted. The type of breast implant you choose will depend upon what look you wish to achieve, your body size and body type.

Types of Breast Implants

Breast implants are categorized by several different factors. Those are the type of filling, surface feel, shape and profile. All breast implants are made with a silicone outer shell and some have two thickness. There are two major manufacturers of breast implants, Allergan and Mentor, and your surgeon can help you make an informed decision about which type is best for you. It's always good though to be as informed as possible on your own.

Breast implants are filled with one of two types of substance that have been FDA approved. Saline is the oldest type of breast implant filler and probably considered the safest type because if a rupture happens the resulting leak is basically just pure salt water solution. The implant shells are inserted while empty, which often means that the incision will be smaller than that for a silicone implant. You have to be at least eighteen years old to get saline breast implants unless it is for reconstruction after cancer or an accident.

Silicone breast implants that are manufactured today are made from a gel as opposed to the older more liquid type of silicone that was used in years past. The gel is not only more leak resistant but makes the implant more pliable, soft and realistic than a saline one. Silicone will hold its shape better than saline and won't form dimples or lines that saline implants sometimes do.

Studies have found that if a saline implant ruptures if will empty or deflate and dissipate in a span of about four hours, posing little health risk. But with a silicone implant, you may not even know it has a rupture or leak. Because of this, it is recommended that patients who opt for silicone breast implants have an MRI every two to three years to check that the implants are intact and there are no problems.

The minimum age for having silicone breast implants electively is twenty-two.

Shape and Texture


The next choice you'll have to make is what shape. Breast implants typically come in round or teardrop shape. Teardrop resembles a more natural shape and are more difficult to spot as implants, which many women desire. The only drawback is that if they come loose or turn, it will be very obvious and corrective surgery will be required.

With round breast implants, you'll have a less natural looking shape but if it does turn or flip you won't be able to visibly see a difference.


Texture is another thing to consider and there are a couple of options available. There are breast implants that have a completely smooth shell and some that have a more rough surface. The smooth ones have a thin outer shell which could be more prone to develop lines or dimples. The textured ones have a thicker shell that doesn't wrinkle as easy and is thought to stay in place better, but some women may actually be able to feel the more coarse surface and find it unpleasing after implanting.


Finally, you will need to decide with your surgeon the best implant profile that fits your body type and build and will achieve the most complimentary look for you. Profiles come in low, moderate and high and basically means how far the breast implant will stick out from your chest muscles. Women with a smaller body can often opt for a smaller implant with a high profile and look much larger without actually having a larger size implant. Conversely, a larger framed woman who gets a larger size implant may look best with a moderate profile.

As you can see, there are many more decisions to be made once you decide to get breast implants. But with a little research and consultation with your surgeon you can pick the type of breast implant that will work best for you.