There can be a lot of choices to make during your breast augmentation process, but one very important choice is which implant you prefer. Breast augmentation has come a long way since it was first being performed, and there are now a lot of options available. Dr. Prysi can help narrow down your choices during your consultation, but here are some things to consider in the meantime.

Saline or silicone?

This is perhaps the most important choice you’ll make when deciding your implant, as it concerns what material it’s filled with. This can impact some of the other choices you’ll need to make, such as how the implant is placed and how much impact a rupture can have on your body. Generally, silicone is a popular choice due to its natural feel, although it might require an MRI to check for signs of rupture if one is suspected. Saline can carry less risk if they rupture, but they can have a tendency to ripple.

What shape?

Implants are no longer exclusively round, and anatomically-shaped implants are available. Both offer differently-shaped results and choosing the one that will give you the look you’re hoping for is another important choice. As a rough guide, round implants will usually result in greater fullness and projection in the upper breast and don’t have a risk of visible rotation within the breast. Shaped implants can be much more conservative in their results, and can provide great results for patients looking for a much more natural appearance.

What size?

It’s a common misconception that implants are categorized the same as bra sizes. In fact, bra sizes can be complicated and imprecise, so implants come in three different types of profiles— moderate profile, moderate plus, and high. They are also categorized by shape and size. Your implant type is carefully recommended by Dr. Prysi depending on factors like your chest width, desired size, natural breast hang, and intended profile. You should always seek a recommendation from an expert breast surgeon because each patient’s body will receive these implants differently and create unique profiles, cleavage definition, and projection. It’s best to have a good idea of these things rather than a specific cup size, which can look very different on each patient.

Your consultation with Dr. Prysi will include an in-depth discussion about what type of implant would best fit your goals and lifestyle, but it can be helpful to have an idea of what choices are available to you and what you like about each one. To begin your consultation process with Dr. Prysi, contact us to schedule your appointment at our Naples office.