If you're unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, breast augmentation surgery is one option to improve the appearance of your breasts and boost your confidence. When finalizing the details for your breast augmentation, one thing that you'll need to consider is what type of breast implants you want.
Breast implants come in different sizes and materials, ensuring that you can find an option that suits your preferences. Here are a few things to keep in mind when as you choose your breast implants.
1. Your Preferred Breast Shape
The type of implant you select can impact the shape of your breast. If you prefer a round breast with symmetrical fullness, saline or traditional silicone are likely your best options. Both of these implants contain the same amount of material throughout the whole implant so it maintains a rounded look.
However, if you prefer that your breasts have a more natural tear-drop shape (more volume at the bottom of the breast), you should explore "gummy bear" implants. Gummy bear implants are actually a type of silicone implant. However, the silicone gel for these implants is harder and denser than the material used for conventional silicone implants.
2. Your Age When You Get Your Implants
Silicone implants are technically only approved for patients who are at least 22 years of age. This doesn't mean that you can't get silicone implants if you're under 22 or that they're illegal; instead, if the implants have a problem covered by the manufacturer's warranty, your implants might not be covered because they aren't approved for someone your age.
Whether or not this should influence your decision depends on your personal preferences. Most implants are problem-free, but if you tend to be cautious, you might want to stick with saline implants if you're younger than 22.
3. How Often You Want to Have Your Implants Examined
Some types of implants require regular examinations to make sure that they're not leaking. If you get silicone implants or gummy bear implants, you need to see a doctor for an MRI every two to three years to examine the implant for leaks. When silicone implants leak, the leak is slow and not typically noticeable to the naked eye.
Saline implants don't require regular examinations after your initial surgery and healing. The reasoning behind this guideline is that when a saline implant ruptures, all of the saline leaks out at once. Your breast will instantaneously look different. It will likely look smaller and have a different shape thanks to the ruptured implant.