If you’re researching breast augmentation with implants at our Santa Rosa, CA practice, you might feel overwhelmed by your choices. The prospect of undergoing the surgery can be exciting, but first there are several choices to make about breast implants. At Plastic Surgery Associates, we offer guidance and care through every step of the surgical process, ensuring your decisions are the ones that safely produce the results you want. Explore your implant options with this guide, and start planning your surgery today.
Request a free consultation online at Plastic Surgery Associates or call (707) 537-2111 to learn more about your options for breast surgery.
Dissatisfaction with the size of their breasts is the primary reason most women pursue breast augmentation at our Napa-area practice. Although it might be tempting to model your own surgical results after a friend’s or favorite celebrity’s, it’s important to choose the size of your implants with your own unique anatomy in mind.
Breast implant sizes are measured in cubic centimeters, or cc. Using cc instead of bra cup sizes ensures an accurate, symmetrical outcome, especially because cup sizes can vary greatly between lingerie companies. During your complimentary consultation, you have the opportunity to try on implants of different sizes to help you narrow down the size that looks best on you. Dr. Furnas and I also offer our guidance to help demystify the sizing process. We put our surgical expertise to use to help you make a realistic choice that complements your body.
Another way to help you choose a size is the Rice Test. This simple, at-home activity uses common household items to help you envision your results. Learn more about the Rice Test with this video:
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Shape is another important consideration when choosing your breast implants at our practice serving Sonoma, Napa, and Marin counties practice.
Round implants are not perfectly spherical but rather disk-shaped. Many women prefer round implants because they add generous volume to all sides of the breast for a voluptuous look and more cleavage both in and out of clothing.
Shaped implants, also called anatomical implants, are shaped to resemble natural breasts. They have what many refer to as a “teardrop” or tapered appearance, with more volume toward the bottom of the implant. Shaped implants are popular with women who want a more discreet result while still adding volume.
The question of saline versus silicone is one that each patient must answer based on her own goals and body. Both styles offer advantages and disadvantages, and ultimately, the choice comes down to your own preference. If you’re considering breast augmentation at our Santa Rosa practice, Dr. Furnas and I are happy to help you explore your options for implant material. We make recommendations based on your body type and aesthetic goals.
Saline implants are made of silicone shells that are filled with a sterile saltwater solution, similar to what you’d find in an IV. In the United States, the FDA has approved saline implants for use in women 18 and older. We insert saline implants in the body empty and fill them once they’re in place, enabling us to use a very small incision. These implants appeal to women who prefer the saline filling over silicone. Keep in mind, however, that silicone implants are just as safe as saline. In the unlikely event of rupture or breakage, your body absorbs the saline naturally and harmlessly, and the affected breast becomes smaller over the course of a few hours.
Silicone implants have advanced greatly over the past few years. The FDA has approved them for breast augmentation patients 22 and older. Many patients say silicone implants feel and look more natural than saline. At Plastic Surgery Associates, we offer popular cohesive silicone gel implants, sometimes called “gummy bear” implants. These implants, which feel a bit like gummy candy, maintain their shape even if damaged.
An implant’s profile refers to how far it projects, or sticks out, from the body. In general, implants come in high-, moderate-, and low-profile versions, although other options, such as “moderate plus,” are available from different manufacturers. Implant profiles must be carefully chosen to match each patient’s anatomy. Very slim or small-framed women, for example, are often good candidates for high-profile implants. High-profile implants typically have a smaller base than medium- or low-profile implants, allowing them to fit better on a narrow chest.
We’re excited to work with you at our Santa Rosa practice to help you find the breast implants that are right for you. Request a free consultation online, or call (707) 537-2111 to make an appointment at Plastic Surgery Associates today.