If you’re in your 20s and considering breast augmentation surgery, you probably have a lot of questions concerning which implants are right for you. While only your cosmetic surgeon can fully explain the details of breast augmentation surgery, the FAQ below should provide a helpful starting point:
1. Which implants are the best, silicone or saline?
Neither implant type is actually “better” than the other. Which type of implant is right for you will depend on your preferences, your body type, and your budget (saline implants are less expensive than silicone). Note that if you are under 22, however, saline implants will be the only variety available to you due to FDA regulations.
2. How big should I go when I get my breast implants?
This needs to be assessed in-office. Your surgeon will discuss your lifestyle, look at your frame, and talk to you about the final “look” you hope to achieve before recommending the best implant size for you. Remember that bigger isn’t always better—Large implants often look unnatural on women with a small chest cavity, so it’s strongly advised that you take your surgeon’s advice into consideration.
3. Should I get smooth or textured silicone implants?
There is some debate over whether smooth or textured implants are better when working with silicone gel. Preliminary research suggests that textured implants promote better tissue adherence, resulting in a lower risk of unwanted movement. Once again, however, you’ll need to discuss this option with your surgeon to obtain a truly complete answer.
4. Which implant shape is better, round or teardrop?
This largely depends on where the implant is going to be placed. If your implants are going to be placed above the muscle rather than below, a teardrop shaped implant will probably produce the most natural-looking results. When the implants will be placed under the muscle, on the other hand, a round implant is often used because they carry a lower risk of complications. Implants are typically placed below the muscle when a patient is very slim or has unusually small breasts, so if that’s the case with you, you can probably expect to receive round implants.
For more information on breast augmentation in your 20s, feel free to contact Dr. Ben Lee. We have extensive experience performing different types of breast augmentation surgery on patients of all ages.