- Silicone or Saline?
Both implants are made of a silicone outer shell. The difference is that the surgeon fills the implants with a saline solution (think salt water). Silicone implants come prefilled with silicone gel. Advantages to saline implants include a smaller incision and they are less expensive. Silicone implants are often touted for feeling and looking more natural, and are more expensive. According to a 2013 survey, most women (72%) are choosing silicone implants.
Determining the size of your implants is often the most anxiety producing part of breast augmentation. Patients often worry about “going to big” and at the same time “don’t want to look like nothing was done.” Our surgeon will perform a series of measurements and make suggestions that will suit your body. Additionally, patients can try on sample implants to see how they look under clothes.
- Surgical Incision
Most surgeons prefer the peri-areolar (around the areola), inframmamary crease (under the breast) or transaxillary (in the armpit) approaches to implant placement. At the Laser Center of Maryland, we uniquely include post-operative laser treatments for all of our breast augmentation patients to minimize scarring.
Different style implants may be used depending on the desired look. High profile implants are more rounded, where a moderate profile will yield a more natural result. Additionally, anatomic implants may be used.