Implant-based breast augmentation surgery can improve the size and shape of your breasts and correct any asymmetry, improving your confidence and helping you feel more feminine. With today’s modern advances in breast implant technology, there has never been a better time to seek this rewarding cosmetic surgery. If you are interested in breast augmentation, Arkansas cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rhys Branman and his expert staff can help you choose the perfect implants for a curvier, more youthful chest.
What are the different breast implant options?
The type of breast implant you choose is very important; not only will this decision affect the appearance of your breasts after surgery, but it will also influence the way your breasts feel. Furthermore, different implant types have different safety profiles, which we want our patients to be well-informed of.
At Cosmetic Surgery Center of Little Rock, we offer saline and silicone breast implants, as well as shaped “gummy bear” silicone implants:
Silicone vs. saline breast implants
Breast implants can be filled with either silicone gel or a sterile saline solution:
Saline breast implants have been used safely for decades and offer a cost-effective implant option that achieves an aesthetically-pleasing, fuller breast contour for many women.
Silicone breast implants have quickly gained popularity with our Arkansas breast augmentation patients. The latest generation of cohesive silicone gel is considered safe and offers a very natural feel to the augmented breasts. With the new highly cohesive (a.k.a. gummy bear) options now arriving on the market, patients have more options than ever to personalize their look for the breast shape and size they desire.
Should I choose shaped or round breast implants?
Breast implants can be either round or contoured:
Round breast implants are designed to move freely in the pocket, while contoured implants are shaped like a teardrop (think: fuller at the base of the breast and narrower at the top) and are designed to remain stationary in the breast implant pocket. Round implants are the most common type of implant and can offer a very natural-looking, fuller breast.
Contoured breast implants (also called “shaped” implants) were developed for women undergoing breast reconstruction who wanted a breast implant that resembled the natural shape of a breast, but have quickly become a popular option for cosmetic breast surgery, especially among patients seeking a more sloping breast contour.
Should I choose smooth or textured breast implants?
Breast implants can be either smooth or textured:
Smooth breast implants are designed so that they can move and rotate within the breast implant pocket.
Textured breast implants have a thicker shell and are designed to stay put in the breast implant pocket by “grabbing on” to the breast tissue. Although they were originally developed to help prevent capsular contracture, there is no concrete evidence that textured implants actually reduce the occurrence of this complication. It’s also important to know that, although it is a very small possibility, textured breast implants may be linked to a rare cancer called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL. Out of an abundance of caution, the implant manufacturer Allergan voluntarily recalled its Biocell textured breast implants (sold under the Natrelle brand) in 2019.
Dr. Branman prefers to use smooth breast implants for most of his breast augmentation patients because they provide the most natural results and have the best safety profile.
Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
Good candidates for breast augmentation are those who wish to correct a breast deformity or asymmetry, enhance their breast size, and/or improve the shape of their breasts. Good candidates should also meet the following criteria:
- Are in overall good health and are not pregnant or breastfeeding
- Are a non-smoker or are able to refrain from smoking for at least 2 weeks before and after your surgery
- Have realistic expectations of what the surgery can accomplish
Learn more about Little Rock breast implant options with Dr. Branman
What do saline implants feel like? Is your desired cup size a good way to determine your implant size? Dr. Branman explains the advantages of each implant type and demystifies breast augmentation size options on Good Morning Arkansas:
If you’re ready to discuss your options for breast enlargement, come see us for a consultation with Dr. Branman. Dr. Branman will listen to your expectations, goals and concerns, measure your chest, rib cage, and shoulder dimensions, and help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of different implant sizes, shapes, filling material, and textures. You will even get to try on different implants to see how you might look after augmentation. Call us today to get started!