Your Breast Implant Options
We’ll help you choose the right implants for your new look, step-by-step
Dr. Parker uses both saline and silicone breast implants in his breast augmentation and augmentation mastopexy patients. During your initial consultation, Dr. Parker will listen to your desires and evaluate your anatomy. He will then review your implant options to find the best fit for you. This includes a discussion of saline vs. silicone gel vs. “gummy bear” implants as well as the size and projection of the implant.
Choosing the right implant size is very important. We have enjoyed great success using our Sizing and Shaping Session system here at the Parker Center. We spend a significant amount of time with our patients pre-operatively reviewing implant options and clarifying their desire. Patients with both saline and silicone implants are extremely satisfied with their results.
Implant Type: Saline, Silicone Gel or “Gummy Bear”
One of the first choices you’ll make about your implants is whether to get silicone or saline. It is largely a personal decision; a skilled plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Parker, can achieve vary natural looking results with either option.
Saline implants have a silicone outer shell that is filled with a sterile saline solution to achieve your desired breast size. Silicone gel implants feel the most like natural breast tissue. They come pre-filled to the correct volume with a cohesive gel material. The newest silicone option, known as form stable implants have also been dubbed “gummy bear” implants. Their shape and textured outer surface, as well as their very cohesive, or firmer gel, are thought to provide more shape to the breast.
Important factors to consider when choosing implant type include:
- the amount of existing breast tissue you have to cover the implant
- the elasticity of your skin
- your preferences for breast shape: round or more sloping
- the degree and nature of any breast asymmetry you would like to correct
- which incision locations you prefer
In accordance with FDA guidelines, silicone implants are approved for augmentation in women age 22 and older. Patients with congenital deformities and/or requiring a breast lift may have silicone implants inserted at a younger age.
At your consultation, Dr. Parker will discuss the differences between each breast implant type and give you samples to hold in your hand so you can feel the differences for yourself.
Deciding on Shape & Profile
In addition to discussing implant types, Dr. Parker will explore options with you in terms of implant shape and profile. These will be dictated by your desires as well as your individual anatomy. Our sizing and shaping session is integrated into your consultation with Dr. Parker. During this session, you will try on various implant shapes as well as sizes. In addition, our 3D Vectra simulator will give you an idea of how various implant shapes will make your breasts look.
Shaped vs. Round Implants
Shaped implants give a viable alternative for those who prefer a more sloping, mature breast shape. These implants are designed to stay in place within the breast pocket to ensure the breast shape looks natural at all times. For most patients, however, Dr. Parker prefers to use smooth round implants, either saline or silicone. He feels this provides the softest and most natural looking breast.
About Implant Profile
Implant profile is largely based on your anatomy as well as your desired breast size. Thinner patients or those with a smaller frame typically do best with high or ultra high profile implants, which have a greater forward projection to achieve the desired size increase with a smaller base width. Those with a wider chest wall tend to do well with moderate or moderate plus profile implants.
We will help you compare your shape and profile options at your personal Sizing and Shaping Session.
Implant Size Options
If you’re considering breast augmentation, you likely have an ideal cup size in mind too. While it is helpful to Dr. Parker to know what “after” size you’d like to be, it’s important to understand that a certain implant size does not directly translate to a certain cup size (for example, getting 400 cc implants will not necessarily achieve a “D” cup for every patient). Many things factor into the implant size you ultimately choose, including your current breast shape and size, your preferred implant type, shape & profile, as well as your desired breast size after surgery.
Generally speaking, breast implants range in size from 150 cc to over 1,000 cc. The best way to choose size is to have your implants sized to your body. At the Parker Center, you will receive a custom fitting session, where you can try on different implant shapes and sizes, based on those that will best fit your frame. You’ll also get to see realistic 3D simulations of your body with different implants so you can compare your options and see which look you like best.
Which Brand Should I Choose?
Board certified plastic surgeons in the U.S. now have three choices of FDA approved manufacturers for breast implants: Mentor, Allergan and Sientra. All are responsible companies that make excellent products, but in our opinion, Mentor’s are superior and Dr. Parker uses them almost exclusively. Here’s why:
- Mentor’s implants have a lower deflation rate, which means that our patients are less likely to experience the need for secondary surgery due to deflation.
- In our experience, the outer shell of the Mentor implant is less likely to wrinkle when implanted.
- Again, due to differences in the shell, we find that Mentor implants are less palpable (less able to feel the edges) beneath the breast.
Scheduling your Consultation & Sizing Session
Our caring and informed team is dedicated to helping you realize your dreams. Call us anytime to schedule a consultation with Dr. Parker and to make an appointment for your personalized New Jersey breast implant sizing and shaping session.