Breast Implants 101: How to Choose the Perfect Implant for You
Ok, so you’ve decided to have a breast augmentation. You’ve done hours of research on the internet and talked with friends who’ve had it done. You’ve asked questions on realself.com and gotten a ton of good advice. So now it comes down to choosing the perfect implant for you. How do you do that? Trick question, lol, as there is no such thing as the perfect implant for you.
Many of my patients stress sooooo much over making this decision that I often point out that there is no one single correct answer, no one implant that will work if they research enough to find it. The truth is, for most patients, any number of implants will work nicely.
Not too many years ago, the only choices were saline or silicone, smooth or textured. There were moderate and high profiles (profile is how much the implant sticks out from your chest). Today there is an incredible array of implants available to use in a breast augmentation. We still have smooth or textured, saline or silicone, but the choices now include an incredible variety of shaped implants with varying profiles:
This picture demonstrates the different profiles available in a classic round, textured, gel implant.
Keep in mind that there are 3 manufacturers in the US—Allergen, Mentor, and Sientra—and each has an extensive collection of shaped implants. Some are longer and more narrow, some shorter and wider. Some have a wide base, and some have a narrow base. So how are you ever going to pick the right one?
The answer to this trick question is don’t even try. Do your homework, find a reputable, board certified plastic surgeon, and let her help you decide which of the dozens of breast augmentation implants on the market is right for you. Then turn off your router! It’ll all be ok!