What Are My Breast Implant Options?
Breast implants come in a variety of types, shapes, and sizes. During an initial consultation, Dr. Kurkjian will be able to guide you through the various options so you feel totally comfortable selecting the ideal implants for your unique needs and goals.
Dr. Kurkjian offers both shaped and round implants for breast augmentation. The determination is made based on your aesthetic goals, as well as the amount of breast tissue you have present. Typically, if you desire more fullness in the upper portion (upper pole) of your breast, Dr. Kurkjian will suggest a round implant. If you desire a more natural appearance with less fullness in the upper pole and more volume distributed toward the area below the nipple, Dr. Kurkjian will recommend a shaped implant.
The options for implant types include saline and highly cohesive silicone gel. This is a personal decision that Dr. Kurkjian will guide you through during your initial consultation. The benefits of saline implants are that they are typically less expensive, require a slightly smaller incision, and any deflation is detected easily because the implant will change in size significantly. Saline implants are good for patients who have a lot of breast tissue, but due to their rounder shape, they tend to displace inferiorly and laterally more often than silicone implants.
In Dr. Kurkjian’s opinion, the benefits of silicone implants are that they ripple less and can have a more natural feel and appearance. Furthermore, they generally stay in position over time a bit better than their saline counterparts because the back of the implant is flat. Much has been written about the “gummy bear” implants or highly cohesive gel implants. Dr. Kurkjian offers the only round highly cohesive gel—or “gummy bear”—implant, which is made by Sientra®. Patients can also choose from the shaped implants made by Mentor®, Allergan, and Sientra®, which are all highly cohesive gel or “gummy bear” implants. These teardrop-shaped implants can often be a great option for individuals who have minimal breast tissue and need the implant to create all of their breast shape.
Determining the appropriate breast implant size will depend on a variety of factors, including your unique anatomy and the overall look you desire. Based on measurements taken of your breasts and body, Dr. Kurkjian can narrow down your choices to a specific range of implant sizes that can help you achieve your goals both safely and effectively. In addition, you will be able to virtually “try on” a number of implants using VECTRA® 3D imaging, enabling you to better visualize how different sizes may look on your body.