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How to Choose the Right Breast Implant for Your Breast Augmentation

February 3, 2023

How To Choose the Right Breast Implant for your Breast Augmentation
How To Choose the Right Breast Implant for your Breast Augmentation


How to Choose the Right Breast Implant for Your Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures that women undergo. It is designed to enhance the size, shape, and contour of the breasts to create a more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing appearance. One of the most critical decisions you will make during the process is selecting the right breast implant for your needs. With so many options available, it can be challenging to know where to start. In this article, we will outline the key factors to consider when choosing a breast implant for your breast augmentation.

Implant Type

The two primary types of breast implants are saline and silicone. Both have unique advantages and disadvantages, and your choice will depend on your individual needs and preferences.

Saline implants are filled with a sterile saline solution and are typically less expensive than silicone implants. They are also lighter, making them a good option for women who are concerned about the weight of their breasts. However, saline implants can feel less natural than silicone and may ripple or wrinkle over time.

Silicone implants are filled with a soft, gel-like substance that is similar in consistency to natural breast tissue. They are more expensive than saline implants, but are often preferred by women because they feel more natural and are less likely to ripple or wrinkle. They are also available in a range of sizes, shapes, and textures, making it easier to find the perfect match for your needs.

Implant Size

When choosing a breast implant, it is crucial to select the right size. This will depend on a variety of factors, including your body size, your existing breast tissue, and your aesthetic goals. It is recommended that you consult with a qualified plastic surgeon who can help you determine the ideal size for your needs.

During your consultation, you may be asked to try on different sized implants to get a sense of what they will look like on your body. You may also be able to use a simulator or computer imaging program to get an idea of what your results will look like.

Implant Shape

Breast implants come in two primary shapes: round and teardrop. Round implants are round in shape and are designed to create a full, lifted appearance. They are the most popular option and are ideal for women who want a fuller, rounder appearance.

Teardrop implants are shaped like a teardrop and are designed to mimic the natural shape of the breast. They are often preferred by women who want a more natural, subtle look. However, they are more difficult to place and can be more expensive than round implants.

Implant Texture

Breast implants are available in a variety of textures, including smooth and textured. Smooth implants are less likely to ripple or wrinkle and are often preferred by women who want a natural appearance. Textured implants are more likely to stay in place and are less likely to rotate, making them a good option for women who have active lifestyles.

Implant Profile

The profile of a breast implant refers to how far it projects from the chest wall. The options include low, moderate, high, and ultra-high profile. The profile you choose will depend on your body type and your aesthetic goals. Women with smaller frames typically opt for low or moderate profile implants, while women with larger frames may prefer high or ultra-high profile implants.

The Most Common Breast Implant Choices for Dr. Roy Kim’s Patients

A breast augmentation may be the same or similar procedure for all patients.  However, the anatomy of the patient and patient preferences are always unique.  Dr. Roy Kim will take this into consideration so that your most aesthetic result will be customized to your body, and aesthetic wishes.

In general, most patients choose silicone implants over saline implants.  Silicone breast implants feel more natural, look more natural, and move move naturally compared to saline breast implants.  Both types are FDA approved, but the more natural and aesthetic choice, is generally silicone.

Implant size is a very unique and personal decision, and depends on how much breast tissue you start off with, as well as what you want your final result to be. Typically most patients want to be average or slightly above average in terms of volume, but again, each patient’s definition of “average” varies. 

This is also why you may not be able to get the same or similar volume of breast implant that your friend or family member has. There are so many variables involved- breast volume before surgery, how much skin laxity the breast has, the width and height of your chest torso, and more – that differences in what volume works for you may be completely different from what works for other happy patients.  

Dr. Roy Kim usually recommends round breast implants, since they have a smooth shell. Teardrop or Anatomic breast implants may rotate in the breast implant pocket after surgery, so their surface is textured, with a very subtle pebbly surface. This allows your body’s tissue to “latch on” or “grab” the outer shell and prevent rotation of teardrop implants.  

However, since textured implants may be related to a rare type of lymphatic cancer – ALCL – Dr. Roy Kim does not recommend using textured implants at all, so he usually does not recommend using teardrop shape or anatomic implants.  

Implant profile is one of the key and overlooked parts of the entire breast augmentation process. Breast implants come in different widths and thicknesses, so that you have more choices with your final result. Dr. Roy Kim will assess you to figure out the best profile that fits your torso measurements, and also the volume and overall look that you want at the end of your breast journey!

In conclusion, choosing the right breast implant for your breast augmentation can be a daunting task, but with the help of a qualified plastic surgeon, you can make an informed decision. Dr. Roy Kim is a highly experienced plastic surgeon who takes a meticulous approach to each consultation. 

He believes that the anatomy may be the same, but each patient is unique and deserves an individualized approach. During the consultation process, Dr. Kim conducts a careful assessment of each patient to ensure the most aesthetic results possible. With his expertise and personalized approach, you can feel confident that you will achieve the desired outcome and love your look!


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