A breast augmentation can restore breast fullness that was lost due to pregnancy or a mastectomy. It can also enhance the natural breast tissue of anyone who wishes they had a larger bust. Deciding to pursue a breast augmentation is only the first step in your plastic surgery journey. Once you know you want to enhance your breasts, you will have to decide what type of breast implants you want. Silicone and saline are the two types of breast implants available, and there are pros and cons to each. Here are four questions you can ask yourself to arrive at a decision:
1. Do you want a smaller incision scar?
In order to place your breast implants, your doctor will need to make a small incision somewhere on your body. Common incision sites are under the folds of your breasts, in your armpit, around your nipples, or in your naval. Some of these incision sites can only be used in conjunction with saline breast implants since they can be placed in your body while they're empty, which allows them to fit through a smaller space. If you want a smaller incision scar, you may want to choose saline implants.
2. How much breast tissue do you already have?
Silicone implants feel more realistic than their saline counterparts since they have a more gel-like texture. If you don't have very much breast tissue of your own, you will be able to feel the texture of your implant when you touch your breasts. If you'd like them to feel more natural, you may want to opt for silicone implants over saline implants. If you have a lot of natural breast tissue to begin with, this is less of a concern, and you can choose saline implants if you like.
3. Do you have a preference?
Some people have preferences when it comes to the material of their breast implants. If you know someone who is happy with their breast augmentation, you may want to get the same type of implant they have. It's perfectly fine to take your own preferences into consideration when making this important decision.
4. What does your doctor think?
Your plastic surgeon has completed many breast augmentation surgeries over the course of their career, so you should take their expert opinion into consideration. They will advise you on the best choice of material based on your goals and body type. The decision is ultimately yours to make, but it's a good idea to listen to any concerns your plastic surgeon raises.