Breast Implant Decisions
- Posted on: Oct 15 2015
When a woman decides to have breast augmentation, the decision can really change her life. Self-confidence and self-esteem receive a big boost, especially if you’ve had issues with your breast size your entire life. But once you make the major decision to have augmentation, there are still some other decisions you’ll need to make. Of course, Dr. Lonergan will help you with all of them to be sure you’re satisfied with your choices.
First, you’ll need to decide on the type of implants.
These implants are filled with silicone gel. Most patients think silicone feels most like natural breast tissue. If the implant ruptures, the gel may remain in the implant shell, or it may leak into the breast implant pocket. A silicone gel implant will not collapse even when it leaks.
With silicone implants, you will need to have an MRI every two years to make sure that your implants are maintaining their structural integrity. If they are leaking, you’ll need to get the leaking silicone removed and the implants replaced.
Silicone breast implants are available for women age 22 or older. A wide variety of silicone implants for different body shapes, sizes, and types are available.
Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. They are inserted into the breast implant pocket before they are filled, allowing smaller incisions and custom sizing.
In case the implant shell leaks, the implant will collapse and the sterile salt water will be absorbed and expelled by the body. Saline implants are available to women age 18 and above.
What are my options when it comes to breast implant placement?
During your consultation with Dr. Lonergan, you will decide on where you want the implants to be placed. He usually recommends placing the implants underneath the muscle (submuscular), rather than immediately underneath the breast tissue (subglandular). This provides more coverage over the implant and makes it less likely that you will see or feel the borders of the implant, leading to a more natural, softer-felling breast.
What other factors should I take into consideration when choosing breast implants?
Aside from size and material, you also have to consider the shape and texture of the implant. Round implants are the most popular. They make your breasts appear fuller and respond like natural breasts when you move around. Silicone implants can either be teardrop shaped or round. Teardrop implants are firmer than round implants. Their surface is textured so that they do not shift within the breast. If a teardrop-shaped implant shifts from its position, the breast can appear unnatural.
Breast implant profile has to be considered, as well. This refers to how far the implants extend from the chest. There are low-, medium-, and high-profile implants. To determine the breast implant profile that is best for you, your body frame and the width of your chest are taken into consideration.
Are you considering breast augmentation? Call Dr. Lonergan for a consultation at 302-656-0214.