The wide variety of breast implants on the market today allows each breast augmentation surgery to be customized to the patient. By learning more about the different types of implants available before visiting your plastic surgeon, you’ll be better prepared for your initial consultation.

One of the first choices you’ll encounter with your surgeon is whether you should choose silicone or saline breast implants. The updated version of silicone implants, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006, features an outer silicone shell with cohesive silicone gel filler. Saline implants have the same silicone shell but are filled with a saline solution. The primary benefit of silicone gel breast implants is the common opinion that they look and feel more natural than saline implants. The use of saline implants, however, usually results in less scarring because they are implanted through a small incision and then filled. Silicone implants are already inflated when placed in the patient.  Your surgeon can tell you more about the pros and cons of each while explaining more specifically which one is best for you.

Breast implants are also available with two different surface types: smooth or textured.  Textured implants are designed to bond with breast tissue, holding the implant in place. This is primarily important with teardrop shaped implants. They were also thought to prevent capsular contracture at one point, but research on that claim is inconclusive. Smooth breast implants, the common choice for most breast augmentations, move freely inside the implant “pocket,” which some say allows for a more natural feel. There are a variety of other concerns related to implant surface types, and your surgeon can elaborate on those.

In addition to explaining the type and texture of implant that’s best for you, your surgeon will also recommend one of two placements. Your breast implants can be placed beneath the pectoral muscle or on top of the muscle directly under the breast glands. For patients with a family history of breast disease, most doctors recommend placing the implant under the muscle, though placement generally depends on your personal anatomy. Incisions for your breast implants surgery can be made around the areola, just above the breast crease, or under the armpit. Your surgeon can help you determine the right method for your specific body type.

While it’s important to educate yourself about breast implants, it is equally as important to find a reputable Board Certified plastic surgeon who has a deep knowledge of breast augmentation surgery. If you live Tampa, Clearwater, Sarasota, or anywhere else throughout Florida, Dr. Daniel Greenwald is an excellent choice.

To set up a consultation for breast implant surgery with Dr. Greenwald, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery today at 888-840-3199. Dr. Greenwald can also expertly perform both mastectomy and reconstruction procedures.