When considering breast augmentation, a common and important question that arises is what type of implant to choose. When making a change to your physical appearance, thoroughly exploring and weighing your options is a big part of the planning process. In this blog article, we share with Oakville patients what the options for breast implants are and how they differ in order to help them decipher which option is best suited to their needs.
Types of breast implants.
There are two different types of implants to choose from when planning a breast augmentation procedure: saline and silicone.
Silicone implants consist entirely of silicone, giving them a soft and natural feel. They come in a variety of sizes, and the modern cohesive gel version does not pose the health and safety concerns as the versions that were banned in the 1990s. If cohesive silicone implants rupture, the breast often looks and feels the same because the gel will not leak beyond the implant into surrounding areas of the breast. The problem therein lies in detecting when a rupture has occurred and replacement is needed.
Saline implants have a silicone outer shell, which is then filled with saline to achieve the desired size at the time of the procedure. These implants pose a risk of leaking when ruptured; however, the sterile saline is not a harmful substance to the body. A rupture is readily detected with saline implants, as the size and shape of the breast is immediately diminished, requiring replacement. Saline implants are extremely safe and are a more affordable option than silicone implants.
Beyond choosing the type of implant for your breast augmentation, there are several considerations to take into account such as the size, shape and placement of the breasts that are best suited to your unique frame and lifestyle. Your surgeon will explain and discuss all of these points and more prior to the procedure.
Dr. Nancy de Kleer, plastic surgeon, performs all breast augmentation surgeries at Oakville Plastic Surgery & Medspa. Dr. de Kleer has a special interest in breast augmentation and breast reconstruction. Her wealth of expertise, keen aesthetic eye and surgical skill help patients achieve their desired outcome. During an in-depth consultation, Dr. de Kleer will discuss your goals and recommend a surgical plan best suited to your needs. If you’re considering breast enhancement, Oakville Plastic Surgery & Medspa invites you to book a surgical consultation with Dr. de Kleer. There is an applicable fee that can be used towards your treatment. Call 905.901.9545 or email [email protected] to request an appointment.