If you’re considering a breast augmentation in Toronto, you are likely aware of the two most popular breast implant types used in Canada: saline and silicone cohesive gel. Most patients have a basic understanding of the difference between the two implant materials before scheduling their initial consultation, however, many are unaware that each implant also comes in a variety of different textures, shapes, and sizes. Since your choice of breast implant will determine the outcome of your procedure, it is important to have a clear understanding of the options before scheduling your breast augmentation.
Breast Implant Materials
Silicone implants today are made up of a cohesive silicone gel, similar in consistency to a gummy bear or jello. As a result, modern silicone implants are frequently referred to as “gummy bear” implants. They are the preferred choice of women looking for results that feel natural.
Breast Implant Textures
Silicone and saline breast implants are both encased in a silicone shell, which is incredibly durable and malleable. However, patients can choose between a smooth or textured surface.
As their name implies, unlike smooth implants, textured breast implants have a texture, which prevents them from moving within the breast pocket. As a result, the chance of breast implant displacement lower, though they may sit a little higher and firmer. Careful placement is key. Anatomically shaped, (teardrop) implants are always textured. Recently, textured implants have been associated with an unusual breast cancer called ALCL. As a result, the use of textured implants is diminishing.
Breast Implant Shape
Once you have chosen an implant material and texture, it is necessary to decide whether you prefer the look of round or teardrop implants.
Teardrop implants, also known as anatomical or contoured breast implants, are designed to mimic the natural slope of the breasts. Thus, they slope downward. These implants are being used less and less nowadays. There is a risk of them rotating, giving the breast an odd look, which doesn’t happen with round implants. Spontaneous fluid collections can occur whereby the breast swells up suddenly. They also don’t move as naturally as a round smooth implant.
Breast Implant Size
Breast implants are available in a wide variety of sizes and are measured in cubic centimeters or cc’s. Implants range in size from 120 cc to 800 cc. The right size for you will depend on your desired look, your existing breast tissue, and body type; however, it is also advisable to consider your lifestyle and career when choosing the best implant size for you.
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