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Breast Implant Options
If you've been researching breast augmentation with implants, you already know that implants are about so much more than size. At his Albany, NY practice, Dr. Jeffrey Rockmore knows that planning a surgery can be just as overwhelming as it is exciting, with lots of unfamiliar terms and concepts to keep straight. Here, learn more about the various options you have when choosing your implants, and get a better sense of which ones may be right for you.
Dr. Rockmore approaches each procedure with precision and artistic vision to reveal each patient's unique beauty. To get started, request a free consultation using his online form or call his office at (518) 438-0505.
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This is a 34 year old mother of two who presents with so many very attractive areas of her body but her breasts just did not fit her body image. She desired to increase the size of her breasts from her present A cup. After reviewing many pictures and taking her compressed volume into con...Read On
This 27-year-old female felt that she had no volume above her bra line. Though her weight had been stable, her breasts had developed some slight sag as she matured. This left some space between her breasts and bra, which bothered her. She wished to have fuller breasts and had long thought about brea...Read On
This woman had a breast augmentation with silicone implants to enhance the size and shape of her breasts. She now has some fullness above the bra line, which makes it easier to find clothes that fit properly.Read On
This 24 year old woman had a breast augmentation with 400cc silicone implants to increase her cup size.Read On
This woman had her breasts augmented with 400cc silicone implants.Read On
Because the primary goal of breast augmentation is to enlarge the breasts, the size of your potential implants is likely foremost in your mind. Although it may seem like a matter of cup size, determining which size is best for you is a bit more complex.
You have probably already noticed that cup sizes can vary significantly between lingerie brands. These discrepancies make cup size an unsuitable gauge for breast augmentation. Instead, implant manufacturers and surgeons measure implants in cubic centimeters, or cc. This method is much more precise and typically leads to more accurate, personalized results.
While implants are measured and referred to in cc, Dr. Rockmore takes a 3-dimensional approach to implant selection. This enables him to match the width of the implant to the width of a patient's chest and breasts, thereby reducing the amount of space between the breasts for a natural-looking result. The projection is then picked based on the desired look, and volume is selected based on these 2 factors.
Dr. Rockmore recommends bringing photos of breasts that appeal to you to your consultation. This can help him visualize the shape and size you like. During this appointment, you also try on sizers, which slip into your bra and show you how different options look under clothes.
Generally speaking, implants come in 2 shapes: round and anatomic, or "teardrop" shaped:
- Round implants are what most people imagine when they think of implants. These are half-moon shaped and add equal amounts of volume to both the upper and lower portions of the breast. These are popular with women in search of a voluminous result with ample cleavage.
- Anatomic implants are shaped in a way that mimics the shape of natural breast tissue. Instead of being rounded on all sides, they're tapered, with more volume toward the bottom. These create a more discreet, natural-looking result.
Both implants are equally safe. This decision is generally determined by the ultimate result you want. During your consultation, Dr. Rockmore can help you more thoroughly understand how each choice may benefit you.
In the United States, both saline- and silicone-filled implants are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. In the hands of a qualified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Rockmore, both options are safe and have the potential to create incredible results. However, most Albany patients considering breast implants find themselves drawn to one over the other.
Saline implants are silicone shells filled with sterile saltwater. Saline implants are often more appropriate for women who have a good amount of existing breast tissue, because any ripples can be adequately concealed below the skin. Here are some other advantages:
- Usually require smaller incisions than silicone
- Volume of some saline implants may be adjusted after placement
- Saltwater filling is naturally absorbed in case of a rupture
- Typically less expensive than most silicone implants
Silicone implants have durable silicone shells that are filled with soft, stable silicone gel. They're appropriate for women with thin skin or very small natural breasts, because they're less likely to ripple and wrinkle. Other benefits include:
- The cohesive gel maintains its shape and is not absorbed by the body, in the unlikely event of a rupture
- Typically thought to look and feel more natural than saline
- Reduced risk of visible irregularities such as rippling
- Weigh less than saline
"Profile" refers to the degree that implants stick out, or project, from the chest. Although it may seem straightforward, projection actually has more to do with your existing anatomy and your desired results. This is because implants that project farther actually have narrower bases — so so-called "high-profile" implants are actually more appropriate for petite patients with narrow frames. On the other hand, low-profile implants take up more "real estate" on the chest, making them better matches for women with larger frames and wider chests.
Dr. Rockmore carefully evaluates the proportions of your entire body and helps you understand which profile option is most appropriate for you.
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Implants are available with both smooth and textured silicone exteriors. Textured implants have a softly pebbled surface, similar to a frosted windowpane. Smooth implants are clear and transparent. Some studies suggest that patients with textured implants are less likely to develop a complication called capsular contracture. However, both smooth and textured implants are quite safe. Texturing has no effect on an implant's durability.