For many women, breast augmentation with implants can be a surgery with life-changing results. Perhaps, for example, you have always felt your breasts were undersized or asymmetrical. Under the care of an experienced, board-certified breast augmentation surgeon like Dr. Amy Alderman, you can get the perky, feminine breast shape you have always wanted, the one Mother Nature didn’t bless you with. 

As you are researching breast implant surgery, you may realize there are several essential factors to consider before making your decision. If the number of variables is making you feel overwhelmed about getting implants, we’ve put together some guidelines on the five primary considerations of breast implants for you. Remember, when you choose to work with Dr. Alderman for your procedure, you’re never alone. We’ll guide you through these decisions and help you craft your ideal breast appearance.

1. Breast Implant Size

How large do you want your augmented breasts to be? Most women today say they prefer a subtle size increase, rather than the “go big or go home” approach to breast augmentation that was a trend in the past. Though you’re probably accustomed to thinking about breast size in terms of how large of a bra cup they can fill out, breast implant manufacturers measure their size in cubic centimeters or CCs. 

The implant size you choose will depend on your anatomy, the size of your frame, and how your enhanced breasts will alter your physique. Dr. Alderman can work with you to choose an implant size that will give you the enhancement you’ve always dreamed of, without looking unnaturally large. You can also ask to view before-and-after photos of previous patients with a body type similar to yours. 

2. Breast Implant Shape

Another factor of breast implant surgery that may be giving you pause is the shape of your implants. You have two choices here: round, or teardrop-shaped. Teardrop-shaped implants are more anatomically correct, whereas the advantage of round implants comes from their symmetry. If the breast implant happens to shift position within its pocket, it will not make your breasts appear uneven. Round implants also create a full breast with lots of cleavage, something that many women desire. 

One risk of using an anatomical implant is that you may experience asymmetry if the implant ever moves. Again, Dr. Alderman can talk you through the possible advantages and disadvantages of each choice and help you decide what is best for you.

3. Breast Implant Texture

Breast implants also come in two texture options: smooth or slightly textured like fine-grit sandpaper. The purpose of the texture is to help keep each breast implant in place within its pocket. Many women also say textured implants feel firmer. 

There are pros and cons to both options. Dr. Alderman will discuss these in detail as you prepare for surgery. 

4. Breast Implant Material

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved three types of breast implant materials: silicone, saline, and gummy bear, a type of highly cohesive, form-stable silicone implant. Here’s a closer look at each of these kinds of materials. 

  • Silicone: Silicone has become the most popular breast implant material among many augmentation patients due to its natural look and feel. They’re also available in a variety of shapes and sizes. 
  • Saline: Saline-filled implants only come in round shapes. The silicone outer shell is filled with saline after being placed into the breast, which allows for a slightly smaller incision. If you don’t have much natural breast tissue to work with, one disadvantage of saline implants is that they can ripple. However, if your implants ever happen to rupture, the saline is completely safe and easily absorbed by the body. You’ll also notice implant deflation, alerting you to the leak so you can treat it quickly.   
  • Gummy bear: Gummy bear implants, also known as cohesive gel implants, are a newer option that also uses silicone. The difference is that the gel is thicker than traditional silicone implants, creating a firmer feel. These implants have a texture that is remarkably similar to their namesake, the gummy bear. 

5. Implant and Incision Placement

When it comes to placing your implants, you’ll need to decide where you want Dr. Alderman to place your incisions: in the creases under your breasts, around the skin of your areolas, or in your armpits. All three of these options are designed to make the scars virtually undetectable once they heal. You also must choose whether you prefer to have Dr. Alderman put your implants in front of or behind your chest muscles. 

The type and size of implant you’re receiving, along with your anatomy and lifestyle will determine which options are best for you. Generally, submuscular placement supports implants more effective and helps to hide them better. Subglandular placement, or over the muscle placement, offers a shorter recovery and a more lifted breast appearance. 

Breast Implant Surgery in the Alpharetta and Buckhead Area

If you’re looking for a breast implant surgeon who can reliably provide natural-looking results for her patients, contact Dr. Amy Alderman at North Atlanta Plastic Surgery. Dr. Alderman uses the safest and most minimally invasive approach to providing breast implant surgery. You will benefit from her extensive experience, education, and training, and her unwavering commitment to patient comfort.