Understanding Your Breast Implant Options: Take Our Saline vs Silicone Implants Quiz!

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You’ll have to make several important choices about your breast augmentation, but you don’t need to feel overwhelmed! When choosing between saline vs silicone implants to contour your silhouette, most women want implants that naturally fit their frame and lifestyle. You can determine the size, material, profile, and shape of your implants with the help of your plastic surgeon.

Our team wants to make choosing your implants a stress-free process, so this post will touch on factors you should know before you make your decision. Below are some components you need to consider when selecting your breast implants.

Implant Size

When it comes to implant size, consider whether you want a subtle change or a dramatic one. It can be helpful to look at before-and-after photos of actual patients before you decide on an implant size. We measure breast implants in cubic centimeters, and we often list the size of the implant in our photo gallery descriptions. This information helps you see how the actual implant size affects its look in real life.

Your plastic surgeon will evaluate your frame, current size, and desired size to provide you with recommendations.

Implant Shape

When deciding on breast implant shapes, you need to choose between round or shaped. The shape you choose depends on whether you want breasts with upper pole fullness or more naturally sloped breasts with fullness at the base. The round shape is the most popular choice because it creates rounded cleavage at the top of the breasts.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons offers some helpful tips when making a choice between round or shaped implants.

Implant Profile

You can choose between a low, moderate, or high profile for your breast implants. The profile refers to how far your breasts will project from your body. If you are looking for a dramatic silhouette, a high or moderate profile may suit you best. If you want a subtle projection, low-profile implants may be best.

Incision Type

You may not realize that your plastic surgeon may also give you a choice about the location of your breast augmentation incision. Breast augmentation incision options include inframammary, periareolar, and transaxillary incisions. The inframammary incision that runs along the crease under your breast is the most common because the surgeon can more easily create a breast pocket and insert the implant from this location. However, no one incision fits every patient, and your plastic surgeon will recommend the best option for you.

Implant Material

Breast implants contain either silicone gel or saline solution, and there are key differences between these fill options. As you consider the pros and cons of silicone vs saline implants, think about your desired breast augmentation results. Silicone implants have a natural look and feel, while saline implants can use a smaller incision. Typically, silicone implants are more popular. You can learn more about saline and silicone implant differences in our related blog post.

When choosing the best breast implants for you, you will have to make some tough decisions. Take our quick interactive quiz to help determine whether saline or silicone implants are right for you!



Remember, Dr. Cutolo and his team are here to answer all your questions and guide you through the process. To see how breast implants can improve your silhouette, request a consultation or call us at (718) 720-9400 to schedule an appointment.

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