Understanding Your Options for Breast Implants

Women considering breast implants in Chicago have a variety of options. By understanding your options, you can make healthy, informed choices regarding your procedure.

Implant Selection

There are two primary breast implant types: saline and silicone gel.

Saline: Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution that can be naturally absorbed in the case of rupture. Although the likelihood of implant leakage is much less common today than it was several years ago, many women choose saline implants for that reason…

Silicone Gel: Women who choose silicone implants say that they prefer the look and feel of silicone gel over saline. These improved implants are more cohesive and feel more like natural breast tissue. The FDA has approved silicone implants for women 22 and older.


I may use one of three incision patterns for breast implant surgery: Inframammary (below the breast), Transaxillary (armpit), and Periareolar (nipple). The incision placement will depend on what type of implants you choose, where the implant is being placed (above or below the muscle) and your individual needs.

Implant Placement

Breast implants may be placed over the pectoral muscle, beneath the top 2/3 of the pectoral muscle, or behind the pectoral muscle. Implants placed over the muscle often provide a more rounded look while implants place partially or completely below the muscle assume a more gradual slope. Your surgeon will examine your existing anatomy and discuss your aesthetic preferences in order to recommend the appropriate implant placement.

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