How to Choose the Right Breast Implants for Your Body

More choices than ever when it comes to breast implants

Some women have a specific look in mind when they come to Southern California Center for Surgical Arts for breast augmentation. Others have a general desire to enhance their breasts, but they don’t have the details worked out.

Choosing the right implants involves numerous choices about size, shape, and profile. While the number of choices may seem daunting, Husam Elias, MD, DMD, FACS, will walk you through the process step by step at his Sherman Oaks practice, so you can get implants you’ll be thrilled with. Read on to learn what you need to know about finding the right breast implants for your body.

Body size and proportion

When it comes to breast augmentation, getting the size right is very important. It is possible to get implants that are too large for your body size and physical structure. If your implants are bigger than your body can manage, you won’t be happy with the long-term results. Measurements that determine the optimal implant size include:

Implants that are too large will stretch your skin and connective tissues beyond their limit. This can lead to skin damage, unsightly sagging, and deformities.

After assessing your skin and measuring your body, Dr. Elias can recommend a range of implant sizes that will be proportionate for your body and avoid stressing any tissue.

Shape, profile, and placement

Next, you’ll need to decide whether you want a round shape that’s full at the top or a more natural teardrop shape. Unlike implant size, the shape you choose won’t depend on your physical body. It’s purely a personal choice.

Profile refers to how far your breasts will project from your chest. This will be determined by your preference, implant size, and shape of your body.

Shape and profile are also affected by the placement of your implants. Dr. Elias can place your implants over or under your chest wall muscles. If you choose to have your implants placed under the muscles, you may get a smoother contour. However, large implants may not fit well under the muscles.

Type and texture

You can choose from two types of implants. Both are made from an outer silicone shell, but one is filled with saline — sterile salt water — and the other is filled with silicone gel. In general, silicone gel implants feel and move more like natural breasts, while saline implants create firmer breasts.

The outer shell can be smooth or textured. Smooth shells allow for some natural movement, while textured shells hold the implant in place more.

You can get saline and silicone implants in round and teardrop shapes, numerous sizes, and different profiles. Ultimately, the implants that will be right for you will come down to your preferences and the natural shape and proportions of your body.

To learn more about breast augmentation, book an appointment online or over the phone with Southern California Center for Surgical Arts today.

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