How to choose the best breast implants

Are you considering having breast augmentation but haven’t quite decided on the type of implant? When choosing the best breast implant, there are many variables which you will have to decide on.

Which material will the implant be made of?

The first thing to decide is what the breast implant will be made of.

At Centre for Surgery, you will be given silicone implants. These are approved by the UK medicines and healthcare products regulatory agency (MHRA). These implants are made of up a silicone gel which holds securely together. This will feel natural and will closely resemble breast tissue.

Saline breast implants are no longer used within the UK. Saline implants consist of a silicone shell which is then filled with sterile salt water, otherwise known as a saline solution. Saline implants are more likely to rupture, and may slowly deflate over time. However, if a rupture did occur, the saline solution would cause no damage to your body, but you may require surgery to remove the outer shell.

What shape will the implant be?

The shape of the implant will affect the overall appearance of your breasts.

There are two shapes you can choose from – round and teardrop. While some women may have an idea of which shape implant they wish to have, it is best to make this decision after seeing the sample implants and consulting with your surgeon.

There are numerous factors which will influence which implant shape is the best for your body. These include:

  • The body type
  • The shape of your chest
  • How much breast tissue you have
  • The position of your nipples
  • How much sagging your breasts have
  • Space between your breasts
  • What look you are hoping to achieve

Round implants tend to be a more popular choice. They are completely round in shape and will help women to achieve more fullness in the upper part of the chest. This is suitable for those who have breasts which sit closer together, have central nipple placement and only have mild sagging of the breasts.

However, those who are wanting a more natural appearance may opt for the teardrop implant. As the name suggests, this implant is shaped like a teardrop, with more fullness at the bottom of the implant, which closely mimics the shape of the breast. Teardrop implants are suitable for those who have a slim body type, wide set breasts, slightly sagging tissue or wide set breasts.

What texture will the implants be?

You will have the choice of two different textures for your implant – smooth or textured.

Smooth implants have a softer texture, which can feel more natural compared to textured implants.

Textured implants feature a rough, pebbly outer shell. This was designed to stick to the body’s tissue, which will help the implant to stay still and not move around.

In the 1980’s research concluded that this type of implant would have less possibility of capsular contracture occurring. However, subsequent studies have found that there was no higher chance of capsular contracture occurring with smooth implants compared to textured implants. With the majority of implants being placed behind the muscle, there is no higher likelihood of movement or capsular contracture occurring with smooth implants.

Are you interested in having breast implants? Centre for Surgery will be able to help you choose your best breast implants. Contact us today for more information or to book a consultation with one of our surgeons. 

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