Breast Implants

When preparing for breast augmentation, women have to make many decisions regarding their procedure. One of the most important decisions involves the implant type and size that will meet their expectations. The process of choosing the perfect breast implants allows patients to have a completely customized breast augmentation procedure that is specific to their unique figure and personal preference.

Dr. Gabriel Chiu works closely with each of his breast augmentation patients to select the optimal breast implants that will result in the most desirable breast appearance. Dr. Chiu will discuss all relevant factors with you, including the emotional, physical, and visual benefits of your individualized procedure. Understanding your breast implant options will ensure that you have the best experience and obtain the most satisfying results.

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Breast Implant Considerations

  • Natural Enhancement

    A natural breast augmentation can be achieved using smaller or anatomically shaped implants. These types of implants can produce an improved breast profile that still appears natural and conservative. Smaller implants that are proportionate to the rest of the body can give the breasts a pleasing boost, and anatomical implants create a more seamless-looking transition to the natural tissue.

  • Voluptuous Breasts

    A prominent breast profile can be accomplished with larger, rounder implants. These types of breast implants typically result in an eye-catching and sensuous breast appearance. The larger the implants are, the more likely the breasts are to look noticeably augmented, and round implants produce more upper pole fullness.

  • Lifestyle

    Before your breast augmentation procedure, you should take into account how your choice in implants will affect your daily routine. Women who lead a physically active lifestyle should note that larger breast implants may make certain activities and exercises more challenging. Patients who wish to have large implants are advised to adjust their exercise preferences to make working out more comfortable. Acquiring sports bras that will accommodate the weight of the implants during higher-impact workouts is also recommended.

Breast Implant Options

Dr. Chiu will perform a thorough analysis of your anatomy and body type using VECTRA® 3D technology before making recommendations regarding your breast implant choices. VECTRA® 3D technology allows Dr. Chiu to take digital images of your chest and torso to simulate how your breasts will appear with different implant shapes and sizes. You must consider several options when deciding on the implant type that will help you achieve the silhouette of your dreams.

Shape and Texture

Breast implants are designed in both round and anatomical shapes. Anatomical implants create a natural breast slope and shape, but they require longer incisions and can appear distorted if they shift in the breast pocket. Round implants are more versatile and can be chosen to give a more natural slope or provide more upper pole volume and create a more noticeable enhancement.

Patients can also choose between smooth and textured implants. While textured implants require longer incisions than smooth implants, they have a lower risk of pocket migration but are more likely to produce visible rippling in thinner individuals.

Natural Size and Shape

Another factor that will influence your choice of implants is your natural breast size and shape. For an accurate measurement of each of your breasts, use a cloth tape measure. Place the end of the measuring tape near your armpit and extend it across the fullest portion of the breast to where your breast meets the center of your chest. It is common for the breasts to have slightly different measurement due to natural asymmetries.

Next, measure the circumference of your ribcage to determine your band length. If the result is an odd number, add five inches; if it is an even number, add four inches. Use the chart below and your measurements to discover your current breast size:

Breast Implant Profile

The profile of breast implants refers to how far the implants project from the chest wall. High profile implants have a higher forward projection and a narrower base width. These implants are best suited for women who have a narrower chest. Conversely, low profile implants have a lower forward projection and a wider base width. These implants are appropriate for women who have a wider chest. Anatomic qualities and personal preferences should both influence your selection of breast implant profile.

Implant Filler

Breast implants are silicone shells that can be filled with a sterile saline solution or a silicone gel. The type of implant filler you choose will depend on which implants will produce the results you desire.

Silicone implants resemble the look and feel of natural breast tissue more accurately than saline implants and tend to have a lower risk of complications.

Saline implants are filled after insertion, so they require smaller incisions than silicone implants. They can also be altered slightly during surgery for more precise augmentation.

Breast Implant Sizing

  • Because of the size inconsistencies between bra manufacturers, cup sizes vary depending on the brand and style you wear. Breast implant sizing is measured in cubic centimeters (cc’s) rather than specific cup sizes. One at-home method of determining which implant volume will give you the breast profile you want is with the rice test, which includes the following steps:

  • Materials

    Obtain a few cups of uncooked rice and a pair of nylon stockings. The stockings will serve as the false implant shell, and the rice will act as the implant filling.

  • Prepare

    Cut a 12-inch portion of each stocking leg and tie a knot on one end of each. Do not use the foot section.

  • Fill

    Fill the stockings with one cup of rice, and tie the ends. You should have two nylon mounds at this point.

  • Test

    Wearing a sports bra, place both nylon mounds where your breasts are. You can try on some tops to see if you are pleased with the size.

  • Adjust

    Try using different amounts of rice to see what size you like best. Once you find the amount that meets your expectations, convert the rice volume to cc’s (⅛ cup of rice = 30 cc’s) to discover what size implant you need.

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Why choose Dr. Chiu?

Dr. Chiu is internationally renowned in the plastic surgery industry for his extensive experience performing cosmetic procedures, unique artistry, and exceptionally refined results. He emphasizes the importance of bespoke implant sizing to deliver optimal breast augmentation results that fulfill his patients’ needs and aesthetic goals. He applies his breast enhancement expertise and profound knowledge of the female form to develop intricate, customized surgical plans that are unique to each patient. We implore you to reference Dr. Chiu’s patient testimonials for first-hand narratives of their experiences at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

The most significant benefit of choosing silicone implants is that they look and feel more like natural breast tissue than saline implants. Silicone implants are the ideal solution for patients with minimal existing breast tissue, and they are less likely to produce rippling.

Saline implants are more affordable than silicone and do not require an MRI in the event of implant failure. Additionally, they are FDA approved for breast augmentation in women ages 18 and older, whereas silicone implants are FDA approved for patients age 22 and older. Saline implants also result in less scarring because they are filled after being inserted through smaller incisions.

Because of the versatility of both silicone and saline implants, they can address a range of breast concerns. By choosing implants of different sizes, patients can restore a more balanced and symmetrical breast profile.

Several factors, including size and shape preference, can affect which implant is right for you. The best way to determine the approach that will satisfy your aesthetic desires is by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Chiu where he will assess your goals and anatomy before developing a personalized surgical plan.

Women who are displeased with the look and feel of their breasts following a previous breast augmentation procedure may choose to undergo breast revision surgery. Breast revision gives patients the opportunity to choose a different implant type and placement as well as to correct postoperative complications from a past surgery.

At Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, we utilize MENTOR® breast implants, which come with a Lifetime Product Replacement Policy. MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants include a 10-year warranty, which covers replacement and as much as $3,500 of financial assistance for surgical fees. The MENTORPromise Protection Plan offers up to two replacement implants of any size for your lifetime at no charge. Patients can also upgrade to the MENTORPromise Enhanced Protection Plan for $300. This plan includes 10 years of financial assistance (up to $3,500 to cover surgical fees) as well as coverage for implant complications, such as capsular contracture (Baker grade III/IV), late seromas, and double capsule.

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