Breast augmentation should be exactly that, augmenting the appearance of natural breasts and not enlarging it extra – without correction and consideration of symmetry and form.
Breast augmentation is the most successfully demanded plastic surgery procedure and a lot of research and development have been put into this over the years. In 2013 FDA had given a green light to the new breast implants, then invented (the cohesive gel implants), for a perkier look.
In actual, the green signal was given to the “amount of gel in implants and not the gel itself”. The change in the amount of gel being used in the implant resulted in fuller, taut, and firmer breasts – without making the implant bigger. As in reality, women want a better projection and firmer appearance and not bigger breasts.
Why this made a difference? – Because smooth and soft implants don’t attach to the body and rather float around within the breast. This may form ripples over some time, while a firm texture that densely fills the breast will give a rounder and fuller look. At the same time, more intensity of the gel gave a better projection (perkiness).
With the advancement of plastic surgery, Saline and Silicone implants went under numerous developments and tests and have been FDA approved for great results. Saline implants whether overfilled or under filled, however, only enlarge the breast. For a perkier and fuller shape, it’s not necessary that Silicone implants will also result in a perkier look, what’s more, important is the filling and dimensions (shape).
If you’ve been thinking about Breast Augmentation in Atlanta or have been planning for a consultation in Crispin Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons say – it comes down to the surgeon for a perfect guidance and personal preference of the patient for choosing the implants. In this article we are comparing the two Saline and Silicone implants, so you can make the choice and then visit the surgeon:
How Silicone and Saline Implants Feel?
When patients go into the trying room, they try different sizes of implants from both the types. They can handle and feel the consistency of both, majority love how Silicone implants feel on hands. The major advantage Silicone implant has over Saline is the way it feels.
Implants cannot be fairly compared to holding it in your hands. But it is true that majority of patients choose Silicone implants, in place or in hands. Yet, Saline implants don’t feel like a water sac inside the breast and sit better as it’s surrounded by fat tissues, skin, and muscle.
How Silicone and Saline Implants Look?
As for the appearance, there is not a major difference that Silicone has over Saline, except rippling. Rippling of implants occurs when the folds of the implant shell become visible through the skin. Silicone implants have a very little tendency of rippling, especially in cases when patients are slender.
The major factors that can determine the possibility of rippling showing through skin include: if the tissue or muscle or fat covering the implant is a good amount, rippling will not show through the skin. The another factor is the filling of the implant that matters. Since Saline water is low in consistency, therefore implant shell can easily fold against saline, but for Silicone, the consistency is way more.
A saline implant is very superior to Silicone implant when it comes to scarring. Silicone implants are inserted into the body in the full form of a gel in them, while Saline implants are first inserted and then filled with saline water. Therefore, the incision size for both the implants differs and so does scarring.
The Saline implant is rolled in empty and inserted into the breast pocket through a very small incision. Women that have very small breasts can choose Saline implants, as for this even areola incision can be good. Silicone implants, however, require a larger incision since full gel implants have to be inserted as they are.
The Shape Does Matter
There are generally two breast implant shapes: Round and Tear Drop. While making a choice of the implant, it is essential to consider the shape of the implant carefully. Both the shapes have their significances and preference rate.
Round shaped is the traditional breast implant design and still remains to have an overwhelming response of women undergoing routine breast augmentation procedure. The major advantage of round shape implant is that in this case a smooth and soft implant shell can be used. Moreover, round implant tends to be more fluid in the breasts and stays the same when lying flat.
Teardrop shaped Silicone implants became available only in 2012. These implants are created for maintaining the shape and often known as “form stable” implants. The silicone gel used in these is generally thicker than traditional Silicone round implants. Some in these are designed as tall oval or wide ovals. Teardrop Silicone implants is an excellent choice for women considering breast augmentation for aesthetic enhancement.
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Angela John is working as a content strategist at Crispin Plastic Surgery, the plastic surgery company based in the US. She is a holistic plastic surgery consultant, avid beauty blogger, and public speaker. Her goal is to educate people about on various health conditions, beauty and plastic surgery. She is a passionate writer.