Breast Implants 101: Which Breast Implants Are Best For Me?

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, hormonal changes, genetics, and aging can have a significant impact on the form, size, and firmness of your breasts. Some women have a naturally full bust, while others do not. For some, their breasts sit lower on their chest, resulting in an underwhelming cleavage appearance. Some women’s breasts feel deflated, or maybe they’ve undergone a mastectomy that has altered their appearance. From creating fuller, firmer curves to rebuilding the breasts after a mastectomy, Dr. Scott Farber and his staff offer their expertise and experience in Boca Raton breast augmentation surgery, as well as a variety of the best implant options in the industry to meet the individual needs of each of their patients.

What Are the Different Types of Breast Implants Available?

There are two different types of breast implants to choose between when undergoing a breast augmentation: saline and silicone implants. Both implants are created with a flexible outer silicone shell, but the material inside the implants is what makes the difference.

How Do Silicone and Saline Implants Differ?

Saline breast implants are filled with medical-grade, sterile salt water. They’re usually placed into the breast empty and filled once they’re in the desired position. This allows Dr. Farber more creative control over the size and firmness of your breast augmentation results. The biggest risk with saline implants is the possibility of rupture. If a saline breast implant tears, the implant will slowly deflate. This can change the size and conformation of the breast.

Silicone breast implants arrive pre-filled in different sizes with a non-toxic silicone gel filling. Most women report that silicone breast implants look and feel the closest to the natural breast tissue. Unlike a saline breast implant, if a tear or rupture in a silicone implant occurs, the effects might not be noticeable at first, or ever, because the silicone tends to remain trapped in the scar tissue.

What Should You Consider When Choosing the Size Of Your Breast Implants?

When it comes to deciding on your breast implant size, it is not simply about what size you want your breasts to be, but what breast implant size will compliment your body proportions and what your body can comfortably support. There are three major considerations that should be a part of your decision, including the current size of your breasts, the width of your shoulders and chest, and the condition of your natural breast tissue and skin. During your breast surgery, Dr. Farber will use your existing breast tissue and skin to cover the implant. If you do not have enough breast tissue to cover the size of the implant you want, it may be necessary to choose a smaller implant size.

The width of your chest and shoulders will also play a critical role in the shape and size of your breast implants. Implants that are too large will look disproportionate to the rest of your frame, and ones that are too small may not create the effect you desire in your final results. During your breast implant consultation, Dr. Farber will examine your existing frame, take measurements, and work alongside you to recommend the size implants that will best achieve natural-looking, proportionate, and safe results.

How Do Breast Implants Impact Overall Body Proportions?

Igniting confidence is always the goal when it comes to plastic surgery. Dr. Farber performs breast augmentation procedures not only to enhance the breasts but to create an improvement in how you look and feel. You may be surprised by what breast implants can do for your entire appearance.

  • Increasing the size of your breasts can create the appearance of a naturally smaller and shapelier waistline.
  • Breast implants can bring femininity to an athletic body without hindering your workout.
  • Breast augmentation creates a more defined cleavage and closes large gaps between the breasts.
  • Increasing the breast size can accentuate your curves without adding the appearance of extra weight.
  • Balanced, equal features can make the rest of your proportions look symmetrical as well.

Are There Safety Concerns With Certain Types of Breast Implants?

While breast implants are safe, as with any surgery, it’s important to consider possible risks. Some of the potential safety concerns and side effects of breast augmentation surgery include:

  • Discomfort and swelling in the breasts
  • Redness
  • Fever
  • Discharge at the incision sites
  • Changes to your breast’s shape
  • Capsular contracture (scar tissue)
  • Infections
  • Changes in sensation
  • Rupture

Most of these side effects will generally resolve themselves as you recover, but if you have any concerns or your symptoms become worse, don’t hesitate to contact our office immediately. Additionally, Dr. Farber will go into detail about implant safety during your breast implant consultation, including what to look out for and how to avoid complications.

How Does Age Affect Breast Implant Choices?

There is no perfect age to choose breast implants in Boca Raton, but the age you are when you choose implants does usually play into the choices you make. What you want your body to look like in your 20s is not necessarily the same as what you want you want your body to look like in your 50s. Naturally, your age, stage of life, life experience, and current body proportions will impact your breast implant choices. Dr. Farber will work closely with you to understand your aesthetic goals and make recommendations that align with your needs.

What are the Latest Trends and Advances in Breast Implant Technology?

In the early days of breast implant trends and enhancement techniques, women often opted for large, attention-grabbing implants. However, the latest trends reveal that women today are gravitating towards more natural-looking enhancements and focusing on implant longevity, meaning the extreme, unnatural sizes are out, and subtlety is in.

Achieving these subtle, natural results is highly subjective, especially when it comes to implant sizes. To address this, many plastic surgeons are turning to 3D imaging for breast augmentation. It helps patients select the ideal implant size to create balance and harmony from their results.

Additionally, research has shown that recent trends overwhelmingly favor silicone gel implants. This type of implant closely resembles the look and feel of the natural breasts, resulting in a more authentic-looking outcome.

How Long Do Different Breast Implants Typically Last?

The average saline or silicone implant can last anywhere between 10 and 20 years. Some are replaced sooner for cosmetic reasons or because of complications, but this occurs in a very limited percentage of patients.

What Is The Process For Replacing or Removing Breast Implants?

When it comes to breast implant replacement and removal, Dr. Farber utilizes a technique called an En Bloc Capsulectomy, which involves removing the breast implants and the scar tissue capsule all at once and through the same incisions used from your breast augmentation. If the patient chooses to have their implants replaced, Dr. Farber will place the new breast implants in the same position as the original implants.

How To Prepare For A Consultation About Breast Implants?

Having a breast implant consultation with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon is a vital part of the process when choosing to undergo cosmetic surgery. As part of your consultation, Dr. Farber will evaluate your health, including any preexisting medical conditions or risk factors, he’ll examine and take detailed measurements of your breasts, take documentary photos, and discuss your different options and likely outcomes. Before arriving at your consultation, come prepared to discuss the following topics:

  • Why you want a breast augmentation
  • Your expectations and ideal results
  • Any preexisting or existing medical conditions
  • Previous cosmetic treatments
  • Current medications
  • Alcohol or tobacco use
  • Any family history of breast cancer and results of any mammograms

Don’t be afraid to discuss any fears or anxieties surrounding having this procedure with Dr. Farber. He is more than willing to address your concerns and help you feel as confident in your decision as possible.

To schedule your Boca Raton breast implant consultation, reach out to us by phone at (561) 503-2700 or fill out our online contact form to start your breast augmentation journey with Farber Plastic Surgery.

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