Once you have made the decision to move forward with breast enhancement surgery, you will then be faced with a choice of the best implant for your specific needs. At Toowoomba Plastic Surgery, implant selection is based on your needs which will differ from others. This allows us to tailor procedures to meet each individual patient’s desired outcome. By educating yourself about the similarities and differences between these implants, you will be better equipped to partner with your plastic surgeon in choosing the product that will work the best for you.
Saline implants feature a tough silicone shell that is filled with a saltwater solution once the implants are placed in the breast pocket. They have a higher risk of complications like rupture, breast rippling, feel less natural and having higher rates of re-operation. While they are an option, they are used almost exclusively for temporary devices in situations such as breast reconstruction.
Silicone implants have gone through many changes since they were first introduced to the market. Early silicone implants contained a runny silicone filling similar in texture to honey. The implants were then made with thin capsules so they were even softer. This left the implants more prone to rupture. Today, silicone implants contain a cohesive gel substance that is more like the inside of a Turkish delight. It does not lose its shape, fills the capsule more completely and has a role in reducing implant rupture. Anatomical implants usually have firmer gels than round ones.
They can have a smooth or textured surface depending on the outer layer of the implant and come in round or shaped implants. Shaped implants are commonly called anatomical or teardrop implants. These implants come in a wide range of sizes, shapes and projections to accommodate nearly any woman’s body shape and proportions.
Silicone is a popular choice in implants, due to its natural look and feel and lower rate of revision. The silicone implant is the one most commonly used for breast enlargement surgery at Toowoomba Plastic Surgery.
Brazilian Furry Implants
Polyurethane implants, also known as Brazilian furry implants, have been on the market for a number of decades. These implants feature a polyurethane outer shell that is vulcanised to the outer surface of a silicone implant. Many think they have a reduced the risk of complications like implant migration and capsule formation. The polyurethane implants used by Toowoomba surgeons have been manufactured for 30 years.
Questions about an increased risk of cancer with polyurethane implants in the 1980/90s lead to them being removed from sale in a number of countries. Additional research has indicated this association does not exist and were shown to be due to contents of the laboratory equipment used to test the implants. They have been back on our market for a long time and The Therapeutic Goods Association in Australia has approved the use of these implants, as well as regulatory agencies in Europe and South America.
So which implant is right for you?
Some women have a nice breast shape and just want a larger breast. Almost any option is available.
For other women, there are difficulties such as a small distance between the nipple and fold under the breast, shapes that are different on each side or developmental concerns. A firmer implant that has the ability to shape the breast over time such as an anatomical implant may be a better option in these women.
When the breast volume is very low in a thin patient or a breast reconstruction patient, an anatomical implant is likely to be more natural.
Some women have droopy breasts (ptosis) and often different on each side. Breast implants will address minor degrees of ptosis but won’t address major concerns. For many women, we need to consider a breast lift (mastopexy) at the time of breast enlargement. The implant provides the volume and mastopexy improves the shape.
Dr Magnusson at Allure Cosmetic Clinic and Toowoomba Plastic Surgery understands that every woman is different and there’s an overwhelming number of choices associated with breast enlargement surgery today. We work with all of our patients to help them make the right selections, based on their specific needs, body proportions and desired outcome. Our goal is to give you the breast you want. This may be natural or a little more obvious depending on your goal. Our aim is beautiful results you can enjoy for many years to come. To learn more about breast enlargement surgery, contact Toowoomba Plastic Surgery at 1300 662 960.