When many people think of breast augmentation, they immediately picture large, voluminous, or even unnatural looking breasts. While a dramatic increase in breast size is certainly possible with breast augmentation, a growing number of patients are now seeking a more subtle, natural breast enhancement. The talented and experienced board-certified plastic surgeons at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, Drs. James N. Romanelli and John Layliev, fully understand the complexities and nuances that are involved in selecting an appropriate and appealing implant size and are dedicated to helping their Long Island, NY patients achieve their desired breast augmentation outcome.
Should I get saline or silicone breast implants?
Before choosing the size of your breast implants, you’ll first need to decide which type of implant you prefer. Both saline and silicone gel implants are FDA approved for use in breast augmentation surgery, but each implant type has its own unique set of characteristics and advantages.
Saline implants have been used successfully for breast augmentation for many years. A noteworthy difference when comparing saline and silicone breast implants is that saline implants are filled with a fluid saline solution. In the event of implant rupture, the body will absorb the saline solution, which is not harmful to the patient. However, the implant will be completely deflated, leaving the woman with a significant and visible asymmetry almost immediately that will need to be corrected through implant replacement surgery. One important note about saline breast implants is that they are the only FDA-approved implant option for women under the age of 22.
Silicone gel implants have been around for less time than saline implants, but they quickly gained popularity thanks to their many exciting features. Many patients and surgeons agree that silicone gel implants give patients a more natural look and feel to their breasts than saline implants. Silicone gel implants are also less prone to show rippling around the edges, making them a fantastic choice for thinner women or women with less native breast tissue.
During your initial one-on-one consultation at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev will evaluate a number of factors, discuss your concerns and goals, and explain the differences and advantages of each type of implant in great detail before helping you determine whether saline or silicone gel implants are right for you.
How do I choose my breast implant size ?
Without a doubt, deciding on the implant size is one of the most important – and sometimes most difficult – parts of the breast augmentation process. During your preoperative appointment, you will likely have the opportunity to try a variety of different options in your bra to help you imagine what each implant size would look like on your body. Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev will thoroughly discuss your preferences, likes, and dislikes and will also have you bring in inspiration photos to give them a sense of your ideal look, proportion, and other attributes. One of the most exciting aspects of breast augmentation at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery is the practice’s use of VECTRA3D imaging. This advanced technology is able to produce a simulated image of your body and show how you may look with various implant sizes. Using all of this information, your surgeon will be able to recommend an implant size that will most closely reflect your ideal outcome.
It is important to keep in mind that it is impossible to predict exactly how an implant will look until it is actually inside the body. Even after surgery, it will take several months for the swelling to subside and the implant to settle into its final position. However, Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Layliev are highly experienced in breast implant surgery and use their exceptional knowledge and skill to recommend an implant size that will help a patient get as close to her desired look as possible.
What are the advantages of getting smaller breast implants?
While many women still opt for a significant size increase during their breast augmentation, more and more women are beginning to choose smaller breast implants in Long Island, NY for a variety of reasons. For instance, some patients are looking to simply restore their natural breast volume and contour after having children and breastfeeding. Smaller implants are often sufficient to give patients their pre-pregnancy, youthful look. Here are six compelling reasons that smaller implants may be the right choice for you:
- Smaller breast implants often result in patients having more natural, proportionate figures.
- Having smaller implants put in lowers your risk for nerve and tissue damage.
- The recovery period may be more comfortable after getting smaller implants.
- Patients with smaller implants, who lead an active lifestyle, can more comfortably participate in certain physical activities.
- Smaller implants typically have a lower risk of showing visible rippling.
- Capsular contracture is less common in women who choose smaller implants.
Regardless of your reasons for choosing a smaller breast implant size, the caring team at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery can help make your dreams a reality through breast augmentation. Call our convenient Huntington, NY location today to schedule your consultation one of our board-certified- plastic surgeons, Dr. James N. Romanelli or Dr. John Layliev, and take the first step toward feeling more confident in your own skin!