The implant will be placed through one of the incisions made to perform the lift and is usually positioned below the muscle. Determination of whether a silicone (gel) or saline implant is used, as well as the size of the implant will be discussed during your first consultation. Often times, Dr. Parson will ask patients to bring in pictures of their desired size and shape. This helps foster communication between you and Dr. Parson so that we can help you achieve your desired results with reasonable expectations.
Several varieties of implants have been developed for breast augmentation over the last several decades. The type of implants used today in the United States all have a silicone shell. One type is filled with saline, the other with silicone. Saline implants have the advantage of being able to be adjusted intra-operatively because they are implanted as a flat balloon, and then filled up with saline during surgery. These implants may be better suited for patients who have a significant size difference between breasts. The silicone-filled implants have the advantage of a more natural feel and may be better suited for women are thin and do not have a lot of breast tissue.
In addition, both implants come in various forms. The silicone shell may be smooth or textured. Implants also come in two shapes, round or anatomical. The “anatomical” implant has a teardrop shape that theoretically creates a more natural looking breast. In practice, however, the round and anatomical implant has the same appearance when implanted and the anatomic implant carries the risk of an unnatural feel. Dr. Parson typically uses the round-style implant. Lastly, there are several profiles of implants. Your chest shape, breast size and desired result will help us determine which implant is right for you.