Breast Implant Options

Women considering breast augmentation with implants visit us from Baltimore, 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. You can help board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Fady Sinno give you the personalized results you want by learning about the available options, including sizes, shapes, and types of breast implants at our locations in Ellicott City and Westminster.

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How do you choose breast implant size?

Breast implant sizing is one of the first decisions patients ask about when planning their breast augmentation procedure. While you may have a particular cup size in mind, this isn’t a particularly reliable way to plan for surgery. Breast implants are measured in volume (cc), not cup size. Cup sizes aren’t regulated and can vary quite a bit between lingerie brands. During your consultation, Dr. Sinno will discuss your desired size and appearance and will take accurate measurements to plan your surgery. When selecting your implant size, he will account for your:

  • Current breast size (which may differ between breasts)
  • Anatomy, including the width of your chest, shoulders, and hips
  • Lifestyle

He routinely uses sterile sizers to confirm the optimal implant selection during surgery.

What is the best type of implant to get?

The two basic types of breast implants are saline and silicone gel; both have an elastic silicone outer covering, called a shell. While silicone implants are more popular, each offers breast augmentation patients its own distinct advantages.

  • Saline breast implants, FDA approved for patients 18 and older, are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. These implants often require smaller incisions because 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 gel implants, FDA approved for patients who are at least 22, come in a variety of viscosities. Some, like the highly cohesive gel gummy bear implants, are enduringly popular among our Baltimore-area patients 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.
Dr. Fady Sinno

Meet Dr. Fady Sinno

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Fady Sinno provides individual attention and personal care to each of his patients. His warm, personal approach and exceptional results make him a top choice for Baltimore, MD, area men and women who want to look and feel their best.

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What are the different implant shapes?

Both saline and silicone implants come in the following shapes:

  • Round implants create circumferential fullness and voluminous cleavage.
  • Shaped implants, also called anatomical or teardrop, are tapered, mimicking the slope of natural breasts with more fullness at the bottom.

Shaped implants can create a subtler look, but you can enjoy excellent results with either shaped or round implants.


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Which breast implant profile is best for me?

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.

What’s the difference between smooth and textured breast implants?

Implants are available with smooth or textured shells.

  • Smooth implants move freely in the implant pocket. The shell is thinner than a textured implant, which can feel softer and more natural. Round implants are usually smooth because they don’t need to be oriented in a particular way, but they can also be textured.
  • Textured implants have a rough outer shell that adheres to the tissue around it. Shaped implants are textured to prevent them from rotating after placement in the breast pocket.

Next Steps

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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