Breast implants change the shape, size, and contour of your breasts, available in silicone and saline versions. Our Seattle breast implants are typically placed for cosmetic reasons, helping women who are dissatisfied with breast size achieve a more alluring figure, or for breast reconstructive surgery to restore a breast after a mastectomy.
What’s right for me?
Many women think they only have to decide on the size of their implants and whether they want saline or silicone. Besides the size and type of filling, however, there are decisions to be made about shape, profile, and texture. It can be confusing, but at Flugstad Plastic Surgery, one of the Northwest’s most celebrated plastic surgery clinics, Dr. Flugstad is here to make your choices easier for breast implants in Bellevue.
After your detailed consultation and examination with Dr. Flugstad, we will guide you through the decision-making process, providing you with the pros and cons of each option so that you can feel confident that the decisions you make will lead to your desired result at Flugstad Plastic Surgery Bellevue.
How do I choose the right shape for my breast implants?
At Flugstad Plastic Surgery Bellevue, we have experience with both round and teardrop-shaped implants, and each can provide excellent results.
These implants each have different “profiles,” which refers to how the breast projects out from the chest in profile, or side view. The best choice for your body may depend on the width of your shoulders and the shape of your chest, and we will work with you to determine what implants will best suit your body.
Round vs teardrop shaped implants
Round implants: The most commonly used historically, round implants add more fullness to the upper portion of the breast.
Teardrop-shaped implants: You may also see teardrop shaped implants referred to as “anatomically-shaped” implant, as the top has less volume than the bottom. This means teardrop-shaped implants are often shaped more like a natural breast.
Teardrop implants are increasing in popularity in the U.S. and are an excellent option for breast enhancement when a more naturally shaped upper breast is desired.
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Types of breast implants
At Flugstad Plastic Surgery in Bellevue we have extensive experience with silicone, silicone gel, and what’s known as “Gummy Bear” implants from major US manufacturers Sientra, Mentor, and Allergan. The one that is best for you will depend on your anatomy, your personal preferences, and how you wish to look and feel.
Saline implants are implants filled with saline solution after a saline polymer shell has been inserted into the breast. Saline implants are:
- FDA-approved for women 18 and over.
- Firm when filled, which some women prefer.
- A smaller incision can be used to place these implants.
- Your surgeon can customize the size of your breasts to a precise degree.
Potential disadvantages to saline implants are that some women feel that they do not feel “natural,” they are slightly more prone to rippling, and, in the rare instance of a rupture, the implant will deflate. They also sometimes feel heavier when used in larger sizes.
Silicone gel implants
For silicone gel implants, shells of the implants are filled with silicone. Silicone gel implants are:
- FDA-approved for women 22 and over.
- Softer than saline, and many women believe they feel more natural as a result.
- Predetermined in size.
- Less prone to rippling than saline implants.
- Highly cohesive, so in the unlikely event of a rupture, the silicone gel can be removed, along with the shell.
Although silicone was removed from the market two decades ago to determine safety, the new generation of silicone gel implants is durable and safe. Potential disadvantages to silicone gel implants include a slightly larger incision, and the need for regular screening.
Breast implants are not one size fits all, so our team at Flugstad Plastic Surgery Bellevue will help you try on as many different implants as you need before making your decision. We will help guide you through each of the many factors to take into consideration.
While shape and feel are important, deciding the size of your breast implants is one of the most important decisions you will have to make.
We work with all of our clients to help prepare you for how your new Seattle breast implants may affect the rest of your life, taking into consideration how much you exercise, whether or not you will have to replace your wardrobe, and other factors that you need affecting your life ahead when deciding upon the right size for you and your lifestyle.