Getting those breasts into shape? Might consider knowing these
One can be faced with a number of confusing choices when it comes to deciding what kind of implant to get, since not every breast implants is the same. Breast implants differ in four main ways.
- Filling: Silicone Gel vs. Saline
Silicone gel implants: Feels similar to natural breast tissue, as they have a soft, jelly-like filling. Unlike previous generations of silicone breasts implants, they are not liquid. The gel stays together and is not harmful or dangerous to the woman’s health, should the implants do leak over time. Patients mostly choose silicone gel implants in Australia.
Saline implants: These don’t feel as natural as silicone implants as they hold salty water. Due to leakage and failure, they are also more likely to ripple (look wavy on the skin) and require replacement.
- Shape: Teardrop vs. Round
Many different shapes to provide a range of possible options and the best outcome for patients are available.
Teardrop Implants – They are a more natural breast shape when viewed from the side, with fullness at the top part of the implant and are not actually teardrop in shape. Because they look more like a natural breast, most often they are called anatomical implants. To women who have some degree of sag or have a difficult breast shape to begin with, this type of implant can be of benefit.
Round Implants – Earlier the most popular type was round implants, which appeared symmetrical when viewed from the side. Even though round implants are still appropriate for some women, in the upper part of the breast, they do produce slightly more fullness.
- Size: Weight vs Cup Size
Weight: Implants between about 200 and 400 grams are the most common sizes for Australian women. If the woman has a suitable existing breast shape and accepts the higher risks that come with larger implants, implants larger than this can be used. The weight of the implants referred is in grams (equivalent to cc or ml).
Cup Size: No international-standard bra sizing system exists. This means that the cup size that it will produce has no direct correlation between the weight (and volume) of an implant. Cup size is not reliable or consistent indicator for sizing as patients often say there can be three different cup sizes depending on the manufacturer.
Women who have got breast implants often say that they wish they had gone bigger. However, there are several explanations:
- After the operation in the first month there is swelling, which one gets accustomed to as time passes by. On the other hand, the breasts do look a little smaller, when the swelling resolves.
- The patient gets used to the new shape as the novelty of larger breasts wears off.
- When one compares it to testing out the size in a sports bra before the procedure, implants may look slightly smaller when placed inside the tissue.
Sealing rice in a zip-lock bag or a stocking and then placing in a soft, sports-style bra, can give way to a home sizing.