For many women who are considering breast augmentation, the most important factor is breast implant size. Dr. Sanders understands that feeling confident and tapping into their innate femininity with larger, fuller breasts is often the predominant reason women undergo a professional breast augmentation.
However, though breast implant size is a big decision to make and crucial when determining how you want your breast augmentation results to look, breast implant shape is nearly just as important.
In fact, there is a significant relationship between breast implant size and breast implant shape, as both influence the other with regard to the overall look and feel of the breast augmentation outcome.
Read our quick guide below on this important relationship and why you should consider both breast implant size and shape when planning your breast augmentation procedure.
Different Types of Breast Implants
Before you decide on the size and shape of your breast implants, it is important to understand the types of breast implants. Currently, there are two main types of breast implants used for breast augmentation procedures: silicone and saline.
Dr. Sanders believes that determining which type is best for you is a great place to start when understanding the distinct relationship between breast implant size and shape, as breast implant type can also influence everything from size and shape to incision location and implant profile.
Saline Breast Implants
This type of breast implant is filled with a saline solution (sterilized salt water). The implant is first inserted into the breast area and positioned by a plastic surgeon and then filled with the solution through a small tube.
One of the major benefits of saline breast implants is that if the implant ruptures, the salt water is simply absorbed into the surrounding tissue and expelled as natural waste. Furthermore, if the saline implant deflates, it is easy to detect and address.
Silicone Breast Implants
These implants are pre-filled with a silicone solution that resembles the look and feel of natural breasts. Dr. Sanders finds that many women prefer silicone breast implants, as they produce the most realistic breast augmentation results.
While silicone and saline implants typically leak at about the same rate, Dr. Sanders uses highly cohesive gel implants so that if a leak occurs it will rarely spread and does not tend to go any further.
It is also important to note that Dr. Sanders uses breast implants with lifetime warranties. Typically, he recommends undergoing an MRI or Ultrasound every 3 years to check on the integrity of the implants.
Breast Implant Shape
If you have researched breast augmentation procedures, you likely already know that not all breast implants are created the same. In fact, there are different breast implant shapes that produce considerably different results.
This type of implant is spherical and has the same shape and projection on all sides, which means there is no distortion to the breast if the implant shifts or rotates after the procedure. Round implants provide patients with a fuller breast appearance and more upper cleavage.
If you are someone who loves the look of your breasts when wearing a push-up bra, round implants can deliver that beautifully full and round appearance.
Breast Implant Size
As mentioned above, the size of breast implants is likely the biggest factor considered by women when planning their breast augmentation.
Unfortunately, bra cup sizes vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and are generally not the same across the board, which is why plastic surgeons use the measurement “cc” to determine the amount of saline solution or silicone they are filled with.
If you are already set on the breast implant size you would ideally like, Dr. Sanders recommends learning more about how breast implant shape and size influence one another.
For a more comprehensive review of your desired breast augmentation results, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanders if you are in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas.
How Breast Implant Shape and Size Influence One Another
Just as certain breast augmentation incisions influence the type of breast implants you can get, breast implant shape and size influence one another, which is why it is essential to understand this unique relationship to achieve your ideal cosmetic goals.
In short, breast implant shape and size make up the overall profile, which is the height of the breasts. Breast profile is also often referred to as breast projection, as it also determines how much it projects from the chest wall.
So how do breast implant shape and implant size determine the profile? Well, if an implant has a narrower diameter or base but a higher profile, this results in a more outward projection (protruding further from the chest). In contrast, a wider diameter and lower profile produce a lower or moderate projection.
With regards to breast implant shape and size, certain implant types and shapes can change the overall breast profile when increasing or decreasing the implant volume (cc level). For instance, round saline implants with a wider diameter and higher cc level will result in breasts that are fuller and feature more cleavage.
Overall, the size, shape, and profile of your ideal breast implants should be discussed with a professional plastic surgeon that is experienced in helping women achieve their cosmetic goals.
The Perfect Pairing with Breast Augmentation
In addition to breast augmentation, there are several other cosmetic procedures you might want to consider. This may include procedures like liposuction, tummy tuck, or even a comprehensive mommy makeover to help restore your pre-baby body.
In many cases, these procedures can be done at the same time as breast augmentation, which will reduce the number of times you go under the knife and streamline your recovery period.
Overall, pairing your breast augmentation with another cosmetic procedure may be an ideal way to amplify your cosmetic results and help you achieve the body of your dreams!
Choosing the Right Breast Implant Shape and Size for You
Breast augmentation can be a game-changer when it comes to feeling more confident and self-assured in your own body. Whether you want to attain fuller, more voluminous breasts or simply want to enhance your natural frame with breast implants, a breast augmentation can help you do so. It all starts with finding the right breast implant shape and size for you.
When considering breast augmentation, it is crucial to have an experienced plastic surgeon by your side who can help you make key decisions regarding implant shape, size, and more. If you are thinking about breast augmentation in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas, we invite you to reach out to the office of Dr. George H. Sanders to learn more about how he can help you achieve your goals.