William Vinyard, MD, FACS

Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

What type of Breast Implant is Best?

Implants for augmentation come in an assortment of sizes and profiles, as well as shapes and textures — all of which are taken into consideration in order to reach the aspired look. Today, the most commonly used implant types are saline or silicone gel, both widely chosen and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is important to mention that individuals considering implants made with saline must be 18 years of age, while patients must be a minimum of 22 years old in order to receive treatment with silicone implants. Other considerations include gummy bear implants and fat grafting (known as a fat transfer). Aside from the type of augmentation chosen, there are other distinct factors to consider for candidates of breast augmentation.

Some patients will be able to achieve their desired look and feel with either type of implant, while others may achieve a better outcome by using one type versus another. Ultimately, it is your decision which is best for you.

Implant Shape:

Breast implants come in either a round or teardrop shape. Both shapes are commonly used; however, most of our patients select a round implant. It often looks and feels more natural and adds a fullness to the top of the breast.

Implant Profile:

Breast implant profile equates to the projection. Meaning, this is what is visible from the side view. The most common projections include low to extra high ranges.

Implant Placement:

Either submuscular or subglandular placement will be used to make sure the implants are ideally situated in the chest cavity.

Subglandular:

In this placement, the implant is inserted into the area just beneath the breast gland. It lies atop the pectoralis muscle. This type of placement ensures that the muscle won’t be impacted by the implant in any way, and may be less invasive than a submuscular placement. However, this type of implant is more likely to move than a submuscular implant is.

Submuscular:

In this placement, the implants are placed with- in a pocket of the pectoralis muscle. The muscle may need to be slightly stretched to accommodate the implant. The submuscular implant is generally considered to be the more secure of the two placement types since the implant is firmly held within a pocket of muscle. The type of placement chosen will depend upon several factors, including body type and personal wishes. In certain situations, patients may require a certain type of placement due to their lifestyle. Athletes often require a subglandular placement so as not to interfere with the function of their pectoralis muscle. However, in most cases, Dr. Vinyard uses submuscular placement. In general, implants are more easily camouflaged and have a more natural look when done with submuscular placement.

If Breast Augmentation is a procedure you are interested in, please give us a call to set up a complimentary consultation. Dr. Vinyard is an expert of Breast Augmentations and can provide you with a personalized plan to the breast that you will love.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.