Breast Implants

When women are preparing for breast augmentation, they have to make many decisions about their breast implants. Among these decisions are the questions of what type and size of breast implants to choose. Choosing the appropriate type and size of breast implants can be quite difficult, especially because every woman’s body is unique. The exact same implants may look radically different on different women.

Dr. Gabriel Chiu works with each of his breast augmentation patients to select the ideal breast implants that will create the most desirable results. Dr. Chiu will help you consider all relevant factors, including how your implants will make you look and feel, emotionally and physically. The following considerations will help you make these important decisions about your breast implants so that you can have the best experience and the most satisfying results.

Factors to Consider

A Natural Appearance

Breast implants can enhance your breasts in such a way that they still look natural. If your desire is to have breasts that look naturally larger, you may wish to consider implants that are a smaller size and/or anatomically shaped. These will enhance your breasts but will not give you a “fake” look.

A Voluptuous Appearance

Some women want to show off the results of their breast augmentation. If this is what you desire, you may wish to consider implants of a larger size. The larger your breast implants are, the more likely it is that they will look “fake,” such that your breast augmentation will be noticed. You may also wish to choose implants that are round, as these may contribute to more upper pole fullness.

Lifestyle Considerations

Your lifestyle will likely affect your choice in implants. Women with a very active lifestyle should bear in mind that larger implants may make certain activities like running or yoga more difficult. If are physically active and desire larger breast implants, you may need to adjust your exercise preferences for swimming or hiking, or you may need to acquire higher-impact sports bras.

Your Natural Size and Shape

Another relevant factor is your natural size and shape. To properly measure your natural breasts, place a cloth measuring tape across each breast and measure (in inches) the fullest part of the breast from near your armpit across the front to where your breast meets your chest in the center. It is common to have slight differences in measurement for each breast due to natural asymmetries. Next, measure your rib cage circumference along your breast crease to determine your band length. If this number is odd, add five inches; if it is even, add four inches. Use the chart below to determine your current breast size:

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Breast Implant Sizing

Breast implant sizes are measured in cubic centimeters (cc’s). These do not correspond to cup sizes. There are two ways of testing different breast implant sizes before selecting your official size: the rice test and visual imaging during your consultation with Dr. Chiu.

The Rice Test

  • Gather rice and a pair of nylons.
  • Fill each nylon leg with the desired amount of rice, and tie off the ends.
  • Try on the nylons under a sports bra to visualize how various sizes would look on you.
  • Add or remove rice until you find your desired size.
  • Convert the amount of rice to cubic centimeters to find your implant size. 1/8 cup of rice will approximate 30 cc’s of implant volume.

Visual Imaging with Dr. Chiu

  • Schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Chiu.
  • Dr. Chiu will take images and measurements of your chest and torso.
  • Dr. Chiu will use sample implants to demonstrate how various implant sizes would look on you.
  • Dr. Chiu will provide you with a photograph to take home and consider.
  • Dr. Chiu will help you decide which breast implants are ideal for you.

Types of Breast Implants

  • Material

    Breast implants are made of either silicone or saline. Silicone implants are filled with cohesive silicone gel, which makes them feel and look like natural breasts. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water, which makes them feel firmer and slightly less natural.

  • Shape

    Breast implants can be anatomically shaped or round. Anatomical implants can be used to help create a natural breast shape, but they require larger incisions and can cause the breasts to look distorted if they shift after insertion. Round implants provide more upper pole volume and may create a more rounded breast shape.

  • Texture

    Breast implants may be smooth or textured. Textured implants can reduce movement and minimize wrinkling and shifting; however, they require longer incisions than smooth implants.

  • Profile

    Breast implant profiles have different forward projections from the chest wall. High profile implants have a higher forward projection and a narrower base width. Conversely, low profile implants have a lower forward projection and wider base width. Anatomic realities and personal preferences should both influence your selection of implant profile.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of choosing silicone over saline implants?

The greatest advantage of silicone implants is that they look and feel more natural than saline implants. They also have a lower chance of rippling. Silicone implants are an excellent solution for patients who have minimal existing breast tissue.

What are the advantages of choosing saline over silicone implants?

Saline implants are more affordable than silicone. In the event of implant failure, rupture of a saline implant does not require MRI detection. Saline implants also produce less scarring because they are filled after insertion. Additionally, more women can have saline implants as they are FDA approved for breast augmentation in women ages 18 and older, whereas silicone implants are FDA approved only for breast augmentation in women ages 22 and older.

Can breast implants correct breast asymmetry?

If your breasts are noticeably asymmetrical, breast implants of different sizes can be used to restore a more balanced appearance.

How do I know which implant type is best for me?

Many factors can affect which implant type is best for you. For instance, having a wide chest wall, thin breast tissue, or a desire for voluptuous results may each steer you toward implants of different types and sizes. Dr. Chiu will analyze your goals and your anatomy before recommending the best implant types and sizes for you.

If I am dissatisfied with my implants after breast augmentation, can I have them exchanged for different ones?

If you are unhappy with your breast augmentation results, Dr. Chiu can perform breast revision surgery to exchange them. For women who have experienced an unexpected surgical complication, breast revision can correct the issue and replace the implants with new ones. If you are concerned that your implants are either too small or too large, Dr. Chiu can insert implants of a higher or lower volume and adjust the breast pockets to accommodate them.

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