Breast augmentation is the No. 1 plastic surgery procedure in the United States and for good reason. Many women feel self-conscious about the size or shape of their breasts, and breast augmentation can help boost their self-confidence and body image.

There are several reasons why women choose breast augmentation. Some women are looking to restore breast volume that may have been lost after pregnancy or weight loss. Others have always had small breasts and want to feel more feminine and attractive. Additionally, some women may have uneven breasts and want to balance their appearance. Finally, advances in medical technology and plastic surgery techniques have made the procedure safer and more accessible for many women.

The Choice Between Saline and Silicone

There are two primary types of breast implants: saline and silicone. Saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater solution and are often easier to adjust during surgery to achieve the desired size and shape. Silicone implants, on the other hand, are filled with silicone gel and tend to look and feel more like natural breast tissue. Both types of implants have their advantages and disadvantages, and the best choice depends on a patient’s individual goals and preferences.

Both Have Their Benefits

Saline breast implants have several benefits. One of the primary advantages is that they can be filled after they are inserted into the breast, allowing for smaller incisions and more customization in size and symmetry, which is particularly important when correcting uneven breasts. Saline implants are also less expensive than silicone implants, and any leakage or rupture is easily detected because the implant deflates and the saline is safely absorbed by the body.

On the other hand, because silicone implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue, the implants are less noticeable. Silicone implants are also available in a wider variety of shapes and sizes, which may be beneficial for some patients. Additionally, the silicone gel used in the implant is more cohesive than saline, reducing the risk of rippling or folding. However, it is important to note that silicone implants require a larger incision than saline implants and are more expensive.

When the Advice of an Expert is Needed

If you are considering breast augmentation, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marc Wetherington, a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in breast surgery. Dr. Wetherington takes a personalized approach to each patient, ensuring that their unique goals and concerns are addressed. A consultation with Dr. Wetherington can help you determine which type of implant is best for you, as well as the best surgical technique to achieve your desired result.

Ultimately, breast augmentation can be a life-changing procedure for many women, improving their confidence and overall well-being. If you are considering breast augmentation, we encourage you to take the first step and schedule a consultation with Dr. Wetherington.