Choosing the Right Breast Implants for Stunning Results
Just like choosing the right surgeon, selecting which breast implants are right for you is an incredibly important decision. To ensure you are satisfied with the outcome of your breast augmentation surgery, there are a number of variables to consider, including implant size, shape, and material. To help patients achieve the most attractive results, Dr. Ken Smart offers a range breast implants at our Frisco practice. To learn more about breast implants, contact our office and schedule your consultation today.
Silicone vs. Saline Implants
Most patients can enjoy fantastic results with either saline or silicone implants, although each type has its own distinct advantages. Both types of implants feature a hard silicone shell. Saline implants are filled with a saltwater solution and silicone implants contain a gel. Saline implants are often preferred for their more affordable cost. In addition, patients with concerns about long-term safety often opt for saline since the solution will simply be absorbed by the body if the implant ruptures or develops a leak. Silicone implants are typically chosen for their lifelike appearance and texture, which more closely resembles natural breast tissue.
Sizes & Shapes
Silicone and saline implants both come in a variety of sizes. The main difference is silicone implants are pre-filled, while saline implants are inserted empty and filled during surgery to the exact desired proportions. In order to recommend the correct size, Dr. Smart will consider your height, weight, and body type, as well as your cosmetic goals.
The most common implant shape is round with a smooth surface. Round implants come in varying levels of projection, and since they are symmetrical, they do not pose any problems associated with implant rotation. Teardrop, or anatomically shaped implants, may be chosen for a shape that better mimics a woman’s natural breast. This type of implant is usually textured to guard against rotation.
Placement & Incisions
Dr. Smart may recommend one of three types of surgical incisions, which are discreetly placed for minimal scarring:
- Inframammary incision – concealed at the bottom of the breast
- Periareolar incision – camouflaged around the nipple
- Transaxillary incision – hidden in the armpit
The placement of your implants will also affect the appearance of your breasts. Implants can be placed under or over the pectoral muscle, and the amount of breast tissue you have, as well as your aesthetic goals, will determine the best placement for you.
Breast Implant Risks
Like any surgical procedure, breast implant placement involves some degree of risk. Though this risk is low, complications can include infection, bleeding, implant displacement or deflation, and capsular contracture, or the formation of scar tissue around the implant. This can create an unnatural appearance and painful tightening, and is often corrected removing the implant and performing revisional surgery.
Selecting the Right Surgeon
To further minimize your risk of complications or dissatisfaction with the outcome of your cosmetic surgery, it is critical to select a plastic surgeon with the proper credentials and exceptional surgical skill. Dr. Smart is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and completed a two-year specialty fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Wake Forest University following his general surgery residency. With years of specialized surgical experience, Dr. Smart can make your breast procedure optimally safe and comfortable, with natural-looking, long-lasting results.
Learn More During a Consultation
Breast implants can enhance the symmetry, volume, firmness, and projection of your breasts. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Smart today.