Deciding to undergo breast augmentation, or a boob job as it is commonly called is a truly personal decision. Every woman has their reasons for desiring breast enhancement. Perhaps you want to gain a more appealing silhouette, or maybe you are looking for a way to regain your pre-pregnancy body. Regardless of your reasons, you will be happy to know that breast enhancement is one of the surgical cosmetic procedures that have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper consideration and careful planning, a breast improvement could be the best decisions you will have made in your life.
It is a common myth that all boob jobs are the same, but this perception is really out of date. Ladies today have a huge array of choices when it comes to deciding which type of breast implants is ideal for them. In the current cosmetic industry, these implants come in huge variety of shapes and styles and in this article, we shall be discussing the pros and cons of each type to help you make a decision on which type of breast implants is the best for you.
The Various Types of Breast Implants
Currently, there are two types of breast implants: saline filled and silicone gel-filled implants. Both have their distinct pros and cons and the one you pick will largely depend on what you want out of it.
There is a huge selection of this type of implant, but the silicone gel type ideally known as gummy bear implants are the most popular. They feel similar to natural breasts and have an array of added benefits.
One of the biggest advantages of silicone gel implants is that they maintain their shape over a long period compared to their counterparts. Over time, implants tend to be affected by gravity and slowly start to sag. Gummy bears, however, have a unique shape that isn’t vulnerable to the effects of gravity.
This distinct shape ideally means that silicone gel inserts are less likely to rip or fold as the filling is more secure and does not move around as often or easily. The adhesive in these inserts boasts a tight molecular bond that makes it unlikely to collapse or fold any time soon. The solid gel compound ideally means that if the implant was to tear, you do not have to worry about leakages as the substance is designed to stay put.
On the downside, however, these implants are relatively new to the market and that means there is no adequate data to substantiate their long-term success. What is more is that while most manufacturers provide them in three various strengths of cohesion, the gummy bear type is way firmer, thus requiring larger incisions. The incisions, therefore are made at the bottom, leading to subtle but visible scars. However, an excellent surgeon should be able to make incisions in a manner that will reduce scarring and most will fade over time.
Saline Breast Inserts
As you can tell, silicone is not the only substance that can be used in breast inserts. Saline is another common option, and just like its counterpart, it has its pros and cons. These implants are inserted first and then filled with water, thus giving you better control over the size of your breasts. The use of salt water is one of the primary reasons why many ladies pick saline as when it breaks, the water will just be absorbed by the body and therefore less harmful.
There is only one major downside with saline inserts and that is they tend to look and feel less natural than their counterpart. They usually leave your breasts looking rounder in shape and firmer than silicone.
Round or Teardrop?
After deciding which type of breast implants is the best for you between the two, the next step is to determine which shape you want for your inserts. Normally, ladies pick either teardrop or round shaped implants. Round is the most common as they lend fullness and an excellent lift. Also, because they are round, they are ideally symmetrical. Although insert rotation isn’t an issue, the round type has been criticized for appearing too synthetic, and that explains why the teardrop kind is growing in popularity.
Unsurprisingly, teardrop inserts resemble a tear with a sloped contour that makes the breasts appear smaller at the top and bigger at the bottom. Most people say they look more natural than their counterparts and give a better projection and volume. Teardrop implants tend to be more expensive as they need to have a textured surface to prevent them from distorting and rotating.
In my opinion, teardrop-shaped inserts are not ideal as gravity will eventually make round inserts become pear-shaped and there are various ways to make any kind of implant appear natural.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
In this procedure, unwanted fat is removed from your hips, thighs or abdomen and following purification, the fat cells are injected into the breasts. This type of augmentation has grown in popularity in the last several years as it is an all-natural option that gives the double benefit of sculpting other regions. However, it is still less commonly done than the procedures mentioned above as it is less reliable and less consistent.
Fat Transfer augmentation possesses a few noteworthy cons. First, fat transfer is limited to around one cup size increase in the breast size. Another drawback is that the fat transferred can be absorbed back into the body. Another downside is that it is far more expensive than other procedures due to the extra time involved in removing and processing donor fat. As such, it is best reserved for ladies who want a modest breast size increase without using implants.
So, there you have it, the most common types of breast augmentation procedures. When picking one, remember to consult your surgeon as there are many factors that come into play that we may not have mentioned in this post.