Breast implants are the most reliable method for women who want to achieve a fuller, more voluptuous appearance. Choosing the breast implant that best meets your aesthetic goals is one of the most important aspects of your breast augmentation surgery, and implants are the key to enhancing your figure to your coveted size and proportion. Respected and highly experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Liland can determine which breast implants are right for you during a consultation at his Dallas, TX, practice.
Which Material: Silicone or Saline?
Breast implants consist of outer silicone shells that contain one of two materials: silicone, which is pre-filled, or saline, which is inserted after the prosthesis is placed inside the body. Whether you go with saline or silicone implants will depend on a few key considerations and how they align with your personal preferences.
Breast implants are the most reliable method for women who want to achieve a fuller, more voluptuous appearance.
Generally speaking, women who choose saline implants want an implant placement process that allows for smaller incisions and simpler aftercare. Women who are concerned about the long-term safety of their implants typically choose saline. In the rare case that your implant leaks or ruptures, your body can naturally absorb the saline that spills from the implant.
On the other hand, silicone is the implant of choice for women seeking a supremely realistic texture and shape. Patients can have peace of mind in knowing that improvements to silicone implant fabrication in recent years have minimized the incidence of implants compromised by tears and leaks, making them safer than ever.
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Choosing an Implant Shape
More implant options are available today for patients, with a growing number of shapes on the market. To determine the shape and projection that meets your desired outcome, Dr. Liland will work closely with you, taking into consideration your body type and cosmetic goals.
Gummy bear implants have gained increasing attention. Some patients feel that the teardrop-shape of this implant, which is filled with a cohesive silicone gel, does a better job of imitating the curve and profile of natural breasts. One drawback to these implants is that they have a tendency, although rare, to rotate after placement and create asymmetry between the breasts.
The tried and true round-shaped implant has been augmenting the volume of women’s breasts for decades and remains the most popular type. The round shape means that any implant rotation will not undermine your results and maintain a symmetrical appearance.
Where your implants are placed is a decision that goes hand-in-hand with the type of prosthetic you choose. The implants may be placed above or below the chest muscle. Additionally, the incision pattern will affect the appearance of visible scarring. Dr. Liland can help you choose between one of three incision types:
- Periareolar incision – hidden around the curve of the nipple
- Inframammary incision – concealed under the breast
- Transaxillary incision – camouflaged beneath the armpit
Finally, another aspect to your breast implant placement to consider is whether it will be performed on its own, or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as a breast lift or a mommy makeover, for even more comprehensive results.
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More
If you are considering breast augmentation and have questions about implants or other aspects of the procedure, reach out today. Email our practice or call (214) 692-6500 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Liland and learn more.