Breast Implants: One Size Does Not Fit All

From different materials to different shapes to different sizes – breast implants come in many varieties

“Every woman has a certain image of how her breasts should look, but often medical conditions or underdevelopment can prevent them from achieving this image, and that’s where breast implants come in,” explains Dr Trelles, plastic and laser surgeon at state-of-the-art dentistry, plastic and aesthetic laser surgery clinic Vilafortuny. founder of state-of-the-art dentistry, plastic and aesthetic laser surgery clinic Vilafortuny.

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Vilafortuny offers several different types of breast implants to meet patient needs:

Saline and silicone breast implants

The two most common types of breast implants used for breast augmentation are silicone and saline.

Silicone breast implants

The outer shell of a solid silicone rubber is filled with a silicone gel, which is a natural element. Breast augmentation with silicone breast implants may require a longer incision on the breast as the implants are pre-filled.

“Most patients opt for silicone breast implants because they have a more natural look and feel. But if the silicone ruptures, it won’t be noticeable immediately,” explains Dr Trelles. “To combat this, experts recommend an annual MRI scan for the first three years following the surgery to check for silent ruptures.”

Saline breast implants

The implants consist of empty silicone shells that are filled with a sterile saltwater solution at the time of surgery because of which they require a smaller incision in the breast compared to silicone implants. The sterile saltwater is harmless and naturally absorbs into the body if it were to leak.

Highly cohesive gummy bear implants

The silicone gel used in these implants is of higher concentration compared to regular silicone gel. The gel is, therefore, firmer, which prevents it from leaking if a rupture occurs. On the other hand, a longer incision is required in the skin to place them. Studies indicate gummy bear implants rupture less easily.

Breast implants also come in different shapes to meet patient needs:

The two most common implant shapes are round and teardrop. Women who opt for the round implant shape usually do so because they want more fullness on the top of their breasts, more cleavage and lift. The implant is symmetrical and there are fewer chances of rotation inside your breast. It also costs less than the teardrop shape implant,” says Dr Trelles.

breast implant shapes

He further adds: “The teardrop implant is shaped exactly like a teardrop, with a fuller bottom and a sloped top. It is made with a much firmer silicone than that which is used in round implants. The teardrop is more popular with women who want to opt for a more natural look.”
Breast implants also come in different sizes:

When choosing your breast implant size, it is recommended you consider two main factors:

1. Body type and shape

If you’re a lean person with naturally small, pert breasts, it is recommended you opt for medium breast implants as they’re easier to carry. Very large breast implants can cause back pain because of their weight and look unnatural. Women with stronger muscular builds are able to carry off larger sized breast implants without back pain.

2. Pregnancy

During pregnancy, breasts tend to grow a few sizes and shrink back after. Waiting to have your breast augmentation surgery after your pregnancy ends will prevent you from having to have breast augmentation surgery twice.