Breast Implant Size vs. Breast Implant Material

What is the most difficult choice during breast augmentation planning? Many of my Syracuse-area patients would confidently say size, but they would face an equally confident group of patients who would choose implant material. Let’s take a look at these complex options to see whether we can make the decision-making process a bit easier.

When it comes to size, many women find themselves trying to balance a desire for bigger breasts with a longing for natural-looking results. This is where a qualified plastic surgeon’s perspective comes in handy. A surgeon can use his or her trained aesthetic eye to evaluate a woman’s proportions and recommend an approach that strikes the right balance. An experienced surgeon can also use computer imaging or try-on sizers to illustrate how changes in size affect the final result.

The question of implant material also is a tough one. Silicone has been a popular choice for many U.S. women in recent years as more shapes and styles have come onto the market. Silicone implants are less likely to cause rippling, and many believe they feel more natural. Saline implants, on the other hand, require smaller incisions and are usually less expensive than silicone. Women with little existing breast tissue often get better results from silicone, but women with more tissue can choose either option. A surgeon’s perspective is useful for this decision, too, as he or she will be familiar with all the options and can consider your goals in relation to each of these factors.

Both size and material are extremely important decisions for any breast augmentation patient. In the end, it’s difficult to say which choice is more difficult. The process is easier with help. If you want to know which breast implants are right for you, be sure to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon who can guide you in your decisions.

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