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Everything You Need to Know About the Different Types of Breast Implants

Breast augmentation can revitalize your appearance and give you a new lease on life. With modern advancements in breast implants, you don’t have to settle for a “one size fits all” procedure. Improvements in implant design have made breast augmentation a highly customizable cosmetic procedure. Breast implants come in a variety of materials, sizes, profiles, shapes and textures and are chosen based on you — your lifestyle, body shape, current breast tissue and desired look.

At the European Institute for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Demetris Stavrou has the expertise to guide you through the decision-making process so that your breast implants fit you perfectly. To help you better understand the choices available to you, read on about the various breast implant options and the aesthetic benefits they provide.

Implant Materials

The two most common types of breast implants are silicone gel and saline breast implants. Both implants have a pliable silicone outer shell, but that is where their similarities end. Silicone breast implants contain a sticky, cohesive material that resembles human fat in texture. Silicone implants are preferred by most patients because they provide a beautiful breast enhancement that feels and moves like natural breast tissue.

Saline breast implants start off empty when they are placed in the breast pocket. After the proper position has been achieved, the saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. Saline implants are optimal for patients who have breast asymmetry because each implant can be filled with a different amount of saline to create a perfect balance. Saline implants are also recommended for patients who want dramatic fullness in the upper portion of the breast. If you prefer a breast implant with natural materials, saline breast implants may be a better choice for you. Saline breast implants are filled with liquid, and therefore can feel and move like a water balloon.

Implant Size

We are accustomed to thinking of breast size in terms of cup size. However, breast implant volume is measured in cubic centimeters or CCs. The more CCs in the implant, the larger your breast augmentation will be. Silicone gel breast implants are pre-filled by the manufacturer, whereas saline breast implants are filled after they have been placed in the breast pocket. Together, you and Dr. Stavrou will determine the ideal implant size that gives you the fullness you want.

Implant Profile

The profile of a breast implant refers to the amount of projection the implant has from the chest wall. The width of the implant determines the profile. Implant profiles are classified as high, medium or low profile. High profile implants have a narrow base, provide the most projection from the chest wall and create a dramatic silhouette. Low profile breast implants have a wide base and provide the least amount of projection. Medium profile implants are chosen by most patients because they give the breast a full, natural-looking enhancement without appearing overdone. Matching the width of the breast implant to the width of your natural breast tissue is the key to achieving a balanced, natural look.

Implant Shape

Breast implants can be either round or teardrop-shaped. The shape of the breast implant used to create your new breast contour is based on the amount of breast tissue you currently have, as well as the look you desire. Round implants turn freely in the breast pocket, which helps the breast move more naturally. Round implants are frequently used in patients who want a voluptuous, full chest. Patients with adequate breast tissue do well with round implants because their current breast tissue works with the roundness of the implant to create a natural-looking enhancement.

Teardrop-shaped, or anatomically correct, breast implants are optimal for patients who have had a mastectomy or have minimal breast tissue. The teardrop-shaped implant, which is thin in the upper portion of the breast and fuller at the base of the breast, helps recreate a natural breast shape for these patients. Dr. Stavrou can help you determine the best implant shape for your needs following your in-person consultation.

Implant Texture

Breast implants can have either a smooth or textured outer shell. A smooth outer shell feels softer, more like natural breast tissue. Smooth implants are frequently chosen if round implants are used. The smoothness of the implant allows the round implant to turn freely in the breast pocket and helps the breast move more naturally.

A textured implant is often used in conjunction with teardrop-shaped breast implants. Because the implant is tapered at the top and full at the bottom, it is important that the implant maintains its position within the breast pocket. The textured outer shell provides an irregular surface that gives the breast tissue something to adhere to and helps the implant stay in place. Textured, teardrop-shaped implants may be more suitable for patients who have very little natural breast tissue or are having breast reconstruction following a mastectomy.

Choosing Your Plastic Surgeon

Choosing a qualified cosmetic surgeon is the most critical decision you will make when it comes to your breast augmentation procedure. The right surgeon will value your concerns and possess both the expertise and experience needed to beautifully enhance your breasts.

At the European Institute of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Stavrou is dedicated to fulfilling your aesthetic goals. He was trained by some of the world’s leading plastic surgeons and has a specific interest in breast reconstruction and breast augmentation following weight loss. Dr. Stavrou stays current on the latest cosmetic technologies, techniques and research and understands the pros and cons of different breast implant materials, sizes, profiles, textures and shapes. This blend of patient care and medical expertise makes Dr. Stavrou the best choice for your breast augmentation surgery.

To learn more about breast augmentation and how it can rejuvenate your appearance, schedule a consultation with Dr. Stavrou. During your consultation, Dr. Stavrou will listen to your concerns, evaluate your current breast anatomy, discuss your implant choices and determine which breast implant options will give you the results you deserve. To schedule an appointment at any of our offices in Cyprus, Malta or Greece, call us today at +357 22 283130.

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