Is breast augmentation the most common aesthetic surgery? For Frisco, Plano, and North Dallas, TX, women at our Lone Star Plastic Surgery practice, it is. And it consistently ranks as the top procedure in the United States, with nearly 300,000 augmentations performed each year.
Despite being so common, breast augmentation is not a one-size-fits-all procedure and has to be tailored to each individual’s unique anatomy and aesthetic ideals. Selecting the perfect implant can seem overwhelming with so many choices on the market.
What type of breast implant is best?
Breast implants can first be divided based upon the filler type (material on the inside): saline versus silicone gel. Each implant type has advantages and disadvantages.
- Are more affordable
- Show ruptures and leaks immediately
- Can be placed with a smaller incision.
Cohesive silicone gel implants (gummy bears) are:
- Lighter than saline
- Look and feel natural
- Less prone to rippling (visible folds seen through the skin)
- More cohesive, meaning hold their shape, which facilitates more fullness at the top of the breast.
Are round or teardrop implants better?
The next consideration is the shape of the implant: round versus anatomic. Anatomic implants are shaped like a breast with a teardrop-type shape, slim at the top and round at the base. They are most commonly used in breast reconstruction patients following cancer surgery.
Round implants are most commonly used in aesthetic patients as they add volume and fullness directly behind the central portion of the breast mound to give more projection and a pushup-bra look.
What is the most common way to choose breast implant size?
When it comes to breast implant sizes, Dr. Hill uses three different variables:
- Implant size: The number of cc of fill material in the implant
- Implant profile: How far the implant projects from the chest wall for a given volume
- Base diameter: Diameter of the breast implant
Dr. Hill typically matches the diameter of the implant with the width of a patient’s chest in order to find the optimal fit. This process allows proper cleavage and upper-pole fullness of the breast mound without having too wide of an implant resulting in excess implant off the chest wall. He can then adjust the profile of the implant in order to match a patient’s ideal aesthetic to give the perfect look.
Take a look at our patients’ breast augmentation before-and-after photos to see the type of results this process creates.
Finding Your Best Fit
When it comes to finding your best fit, do your homework. While research is helpful for deciding your breast augmentation goals, a one-on-one consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon will help answer questions and find your ideal look.
Dr. Hill is a popular board-certified plastic surgeon who is a published author and public speaker on the topic of current trends in breast augmentation. His knowledge can help guide patients toward selecting the ideal implant for their lifestyle and aesthetic goals.
If you’d like to enhance your shape with breast implants in the Frisco, TX, area, use our online form to request a consultation or call us at (214) 937-4879. We look forward to meeting with you soon!