Breast implants are medical devices that are inserted into the breasts during breast augmentation. There are many reasons why women may want breast implants, including changes following pregnancy or breastfeeding, weight loss, or breast asymmetry. Breast augmentation techniques have improved greatly over the years, and there are now more implant options available than ever. Today, women may benefit from a natural-looking improvement and boost in confidence. Read on to learn more about how today’s breast augmentations are better than years past.

Improved Techniques

If you are interested in breast augmentation, you can discuss the different surgical techniques available to determine which one is right for you. There are many different incision patterns that can be used depending on your individual anatomy and aesthetic goals. These include the periareolar incision (along the lower half of the areola), the inframammary incision (in the inflammatory fold), and the transaxillary incision (in the armpit). Fat transfer breast augmentation is also a popular technique in which liposuction is used to collect unwanted fat from other areas of the body and injected it into the breasts. This may be a great option for those who are not interested in breast implants but are looking for some extra breast volume.

New Breast Implant Options

Today there are a variety of breast implant options, including saline, silicone, and gummy bear implants. While saline and silicone implants are still the most popular implants used today, gummy bear implants and high-strength cohesive silicone gel implants are also options.

Saline Implants:

These devices are made from a silicone shell and filled with sterile salt water. These implants provide a uniform shape, feel, and firmness, and are FDA-approved for breast augmentation in women 18 years and older.

Silicone Implants:

These products are made from a silicone shell filled with silicone gel. This gel feels a bit more like natural breast tissue than saline implants. These implants are FDA-approved for augmentation in women 22 years and older.

Gummy Bear Implants:

Also called form-stable implants, these implants maintain their shape even if the implant shell breaks. The silicone gel inside is thicker than traditional silicone gel implants and is also firmer than traditional implants. The placement of these implants may require a slightly longer incision in the skin.

Natural-Looking Results

In the past, breast augmentation results may have appeared less natural.  Most women today, however, desire a natural-looking increase in breast volume and/or improved symmetry. Your plastic surgeon will help you to better understand the differences in implant types to help you achieve the look you desire. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon who is educated and skilled in the latest breast augmentation options and techniques is vital to achieving the look you desire. Dr. Power is board-certified in plastic surgery and highly skilled in performing breast augmentation, so you may feel confident that you are in good hands.

Schedule a Consultation

Are you interested in breast augmentation? Patients in the Toronto, ON Canada area and beyond can contact Power Plastic Surgery today or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation appointment with Stephanie Power, MD.

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