Things to Consider When Selecting Breast Implants

Leeann Morrissey

by Leeann Morrissey | August 16, 2010 @ 10:00AM

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Choosing to undergo breast augmentation is a big decision. However, choosing to have this plastic surgery procedure is just the first step of the surgical process. In addition to finding a qualified plastic surgeon, an important factor to consider: selecting breast implants.

Here are some of the top things to think about when you carefully evaluate your breast implant options:

Breast Implant Type

Silicone gel or saline breast implants can be used for breast enlargement surgery. Both are approved by the FDA, and offer significant results. Your plastic surgeon can help determine the implants that are best-suited for you, depending on your body type, as well as personal preference.

Breast Implant Size

Helping patients attain natural-looking results, doctors usually augment patients' breasts anywhere from an A cup to a D cup. In order to decide upon what looks best to you, you can ask to "try on" breast implants, or view computer imaging of yourself with enhanced breasts.
Doctors' training and experience play a large role in their preferred method of breast implant surgery.

Insertion Location

There are four areas through which implants can be inserted: the crease beneath the breast, the areola, the underarm, or the belly button. Each location aims to conceal breast enhancement scars. Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon which method he or she prefers and specializes in.


Both saline and silicone gel breast implants may be placed above or beneath the chest muscle. There are pros and cons to both, yet many surgeons say that implants placed below the muscle (submuscular) appear more natural-looking, while still allowing for efficient mammograms and less risk for capsular contracture.

All of the above options have associated pros and cons. Doctors' training and experience play a large role in their preferred method of breast implant surgery. The best way to make an educated guess regarding your breast augmentation is to consult a knowledgeable and well-trained plastic surgeon. He or she will asses your body and goals, and help you decide on the breast implants that are right for you. 

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