Breast Implant Options
Breast implants come in all shapes and sizes, and Dr. Bekanich will work closely with you to determine which options will best fit your individual needs.
Silicone vs. Saline
When it comes to deciding on your desired look, choosing the right implant material is important. There are two types of implants available: saline and silicone gel. Both options offer positive benefits to patients, but there are some distinct differences between the two.
For many years, saline implants were the go-to choice for patients seeking breast augmentation. Supported by a strong outer shell of flexible silicone, saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution during surgery, allowing for an easy and adjustable implant placement.
Some of the benefits of saline implants are:
- They are less expensive than silicone implants
- If a rupture occurs, saline will be safely absorbed by the body
- Because the implant is “inflated” after insertion, incisions are often smaller
Saline implants are available to patients over the age of 18.
Quickly becoming the more popular option of the two, silicone gel implants are made of a strong silicone rubber shell and pre-filled with cohesive silicone gel. The silicone gel closely resembles the feel of breast tissue, making it a great solution for women seeking results that look and feel natural.
Some of the benefits of silicone implants are:
- Lower risk of rippling in thinner women
- Typically lighter and softer than saline implants
- More natural appearance and touch
Silicone implants are available to patients over the age of 22.
Size & Shape Options
Arguably the most fun aspect of a consultation, you will have the opportunity to “try on” various implants during your sizing and shaping session with Dr. Bekanich. This portion of the consultation allows you to visualize what you might look like after your breast augmentation surgery. During this session, Dr. Bekanich will focus on certain factors to help you narrow down your choices. There are three main factors that determine your best options:
- Your desired breast size
- Your current breast size, shape, and symmetry
- Your individual anatomy
Breast implants are available in two basic shapes: round and teardrop.
The most popular shape, round implants have a smooth, symmetrical implant shell that provides fullness in the top of the breast. Round implants come in three different profiles:
- Moderate profile: a natural-looking profile with low projection, no excess upper pole fullness, and a wide appearance
- Moderate Plus profile: an intermediate implant that has mid-range projection and fullness
- High profile: has a narrow diameter with more projection and upper pole fullness
Which profile will work best for you is decided based on your desired results and the characteristics of your natural breasts.
Teardrop shaped implants come with a textured shell and provide a sloped contour that mimics the shape of natural breasts. The teardrop offers more fullness in the bottom of the breast and tends to give greater projection than round implants of the same volume. This textured, shaped implant is often chosen by women who desire a natural breast shape without excessive fullness in the upper breast.