Breast Implant Options
When you are considering breast augmentation, you are faced with an array of decisions you need to make regarding your breast implants. We encourage all of our Kirkland and Bellevue, Washington-area patients to do your own research and talk with family and friends. Dr. Braden C. Stridde will provide his professional opinion when you come in for a personal consultation and evaluation. He reviews the various decisions that play an important role in the satisfaction you achieve with your results.
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Saline or Silicone: How Do I Decide?
Women undergoing breast augmentation anywhere in the United States can choose breast implants that are filled with either saline or silicone gel. Saline implants are filled with the same sterile saltwater used in IV fluid, and silicone implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel. Both types of implants have been carefully studied and subsequently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Today's silicone gel implants offer women a remarkable range of options when it comes to deciding how to achieve the optimal look and feel of their augmented breasts.
The Advantages of Silicone Gel
Silicone gel implants may be a good choice for breast augmentation patients who:
- Want an implant that looks and feels much like natural breast tissue
- Are concerned about visible rippling or have thin skin in the upper chest region (this may make implants more obvious-looking)
- Are willing to follow the FDA-recommended checkups to ensure the longevity and ongoing safety of their implants
- Are age 22 or older
The Advantages of Saline
Saline implants may be the preferred option for women who:
- Are concerned about scarring and would like to have smaller incisions
- Are more comfortable with the idea of saltwater, which is harmlessly absorbed by the body in cases of rupture
- Would rather avoid the regular MRI screenings sometimes required for silicone gel implants to detect rupture or leakage
- Are age 18 or older
The Shape of Things: Round or Anatomic?
Breast implants come in round, which is the traditional shape, and anatomic, sometimes called "shaped" or "teardrop" implants. This affords today's patients even more choices for complete customization.
The Advantages of Round Implants
Round implants take on a domed appearance when set on a flat surface, with volume distributed evenly to all sides. These implants may be a good option for patients who:
- Want a more voluptuous result with visible cleavage
- Are bothered by low volume in the upper portion of the breast, called the upper pole
- Are concerned by the possibility of the implant rotating within the breast pocket
The Advantages of Anatomic Implants
Anatomic implants have a sloped shape that mimics the shape of natural breasts, with more volume towards the bottom. They're often popular with patients who:
- Are in search of a more natural-looking, discreet boost in volume
- Require more volume in the lower pole of the breast
- Have little of their own breast tissue to cover the implant
To learn more about your options for breast implants, as well as the details of the surgery itself, read our answers to frequently asked questions about breast augmentation.
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