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Breast Implant Options

Women considering breast implants visit us in Ellicott City from Glen Burnie, Westminster, Columbia, and other Maryland communities. They typically have lots of questions about the wide range of options available to them. At the Sinno Center for Plastic Surgery, we want to streamline the decision-making process and empower you to make the best choice for yourself. Here you can learn about your breast implant options for customizing your breast augmentation.

Filling

In the United States, both saline-filled and silicone-filled implants are approved by the FDA. Each has its own distinct advantages.

Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. Many people are attracted to saline implants because they often require smaller incisions—the implant shells are inserted empty and filled once in place. They're also generally more affordable than silicone implants. In the unlikely event of a rupture or tear, the saline filling is harmlessly absorbed by the body.

Silicone implants come in a variety of viscosities. Some, like the highly cohesive gel gummy bear implants, are enduringly popular thanks to their very natural look and feel. In general, silicone implants will hold their shape if they rupture, so damage may not be immediately noticeable.

Size

Because breast enlargement is the primary goal of surgery, the matter of size is a big decision. While you may have a particular cup size in mind, this isn't a particularly reliable way to plan for surgery. Cup sizes aren't regulated, and can vary quite a bit between lingerie brands. During your consultation, Dr. Sinno will discuss your goals regarding the desired size and appearance and will take accurate measurements to plan your surgery. Sterile sizers are routinely used to confirm the optimal implant selection during surgery.

Shape

Both saline and silicone implants come in round and shaped (sometimes called "teardrop) versions. Round implants create circumferential fullness and voluminous cleavage. Shaped implants are tapered, mimicking the slope of natural breasts. Shaped implants can create a subtler look, but excellent results can be achieved with both shaped and round implants.

Profile

Implant profile isn't necessarily on the list of decisions you'll need to make. Instead, the best profile for you is determined largely by your natural body type. Implants are available in high-, medium-, and low-profiles, with various subtleties by manufacturer. Although "profile" refers to the projection of an implant, it also refers to how large it is at the base. Imagine a breast implant as a vaguely conical structure. The more projection it has, the narrower the base. Thus, women with naturally small, narrow frames are often well suited to high-profile implant types, while women with wider frames look best with low-profile implants.

Texture

Implant exteriors are available in both smooth and textured forms. Shaped implants have a textured exterior to prevent the implant from rotating once it's in the breast pocket. Round implants are usually smooth, but can also be textured.

You can learn more about breast implants on our Breast Augmentation FAQ page.

Let's work together to help you design your most beautiful body. Request your consultation online, or call the Sinno Center for Plastic Surgery at (410) 884-4200 to book your appointment with Dr. Sinno.

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