Breast Augmentation or Breast Enlargement Cosmetic Surgery options to consider when choosing Breast Implants

Breast Augmentation or Breast Enlargement Cosmetic Surgery options to consider:

Once a woman has decided to undergo Breast Augmentation, there are several decisions she needs to make. First is selecting a Cosmetic Surgeon with the appropriate qualifications, training and experience. Next is choosing the right size and type of Breast Implant. The main decision regarding Breast Implants has previously been saline vs silicone, however now there are many other options to consider regarding shape and size. Your Cosmetic Surgeon is the best person to work with you to select the Breast Implant that suits your goals, body type and medical history. However, it is always sensible to be an educated consumer, research Breast Augmentation and go to your consultation ready with the questions you need answered. Here is some information to get you started on your research.

Components of a Breast Implant

The main components of a Breast Implant are the shell, the filler and the patch. The shell, also known as the lumen or the envelope, is made of silicone. The filler is the material contained in the shell and may be either saline or silicone. The patch covers where the filler was inserted in the shell.

Silicone Breast Implant – Round

Saline vs Silicone Breast Implants

Saline is sterile saltwater solution similar to the fluid that is naturally present in the body. Saline implants are generally known for being filled during surgery. This means the initial incision can be smaller, and some implants even allow for the volume to be adjusted after surgery through a valve in the implant. In other cases, saline implants come pre-filled at a given size from the manufacturer.

Criticism of saline Breast Implants includes the unnatural feel like a ‘bag of water’ and in some instances the ‘sloshing’ noise once it becomes a part of the body.

Silicone is an organic polymer that has a variety of medical uses including as Breast Implants. Silicone Breast Implants have become increasingly popular due to their resemblance in feel to natural breast tissue. The newer generations of silicone Breast Implants contain silicone that is designed to retain its integrity if the shell ruptures, therefore having less risk of spilling into surrounding tissue.


Breast Implants vary in their size, shape and profile. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will discuss with you your goals and expectations, take measurements of your chest and bust, and make recommendations as to what type of Breast Implant will best meet your needs. For women with a smaller frame, Breast Implants with a narrower base may be most appropriate, as opposed to a wider base implant that would be appropriate for a woman with a wider chest. The profile of a Breast Implant impacts on projection and overall shape. You may also have heard of anatomical or teardrop shaped Breast Implants – these are designed to have more volume in the lower portion of the breast like a natural breast. Whilst a textured outside surface is designed to keep an anatomical implant in the right position, they often rotate and then require corrective surgery. Round implants are as they sound, with the same appearance from any angle even if their position changes. However; round Breast Implants can have a tear drop shape if placed under the muscle.

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