How to choose breast implants
The term boob job is no longer a reference for large, round and bouncy busts. Thanks to today’s expansive range of breast implants, women can now enjoy proportionate and natural looking results after breast augmentation surgery. Society is learning to celebrate women of all shapes and sizes (and rightly so!), and this positive shift includes the way we feel about our beautiful bodies and breasts. We explore what’s involved in picking implants before breast enhancement surgery.
1. Should I get round or teardrop implants?
The classic round implant is widely used by cosmetic surgeons in the UK. Round shaped implants can help you achieve a fullness in the top part of the breast for a more proportionate and curvaceous figure. Round implants are best for women who have existing breast tissue but are seeking a fuller or curvier look.
The anatomical implant, or `teardrop implant`, fills out more as it gently slopes from the breastbone to the nipple. Teardrop implants are more expensive, but they do mimic the shape of natural breasts. Anatomical implants are best for women who are lacking breast tissue but would like natural looking boobs.
2. Will my implants be unders or overs?
Well that all depends on what your surgeon thinks will be feasible. Over the muscle is less invasive, so under will only be opted for if you have very small breasts or there is no breast tissue present to lock the implant in place. Over the muscle implants are suitable for women who have enough breast tissue to cover the implant without being able to feel the firmness of the implant underneath. With overs, your surgeon will be able to slip the implant in without venturing near the muscle. In some cases, the implants will be inserted `dual plane`, or partially under the muscle. Generally, you won’t be able to pick whether you have unders or overs as it will be at the discretion of what your surgeon thinks is best for you and your body. There is no right or wrong method! If you have concerns about going under the muscle, your surgeon will always be happy to explain his or her choice to you further.
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3. Which profile/projection type will my implants be?
If you are in between consultations or you’ve spoken to other women undergoing breast surgery, you may have heard the term `profile` or `projection`. When we talk about profile, we mean the width of the implant and the distance the breasts stick out from the chest. During a consultation, your surgeon will show you a selection of profile/projection types- low, medium, full/high, and extra full/extra high- and you will be able to try them on to see which fits your body frame the best. For example:
· A low profile/low projection will generally be chosen for a small back size
· A full profile/high projection will be recommended for a larger back size
Profile types affect how much your breasts will stick out away from the chest. Women with a small frame are recommended to choose a low profile to avoid an abundant side boob or the `stuck on` look.
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4. How is the `cc` size of my implants decided?
The size of breast implants is not determined by cup size, but by cubic centimetres, or `cc`. This is largely because your surgeon cannot guarantee what cup size you will be after surgery, but he can recommend which `cc` to add to your existing cup size to make up the difference. So for example, if you are a small B cup and would like to be a D cup, you might be advised to have 450cc* implants. As we previously mentioned, implants also take profile into consideration, so you will be advised on a `cc` size to suit your body shape, frame, and to align with the results you’d like to achieve. Because each pair of boobs is unique, it is impossible to ask a surgeon for the same `cc` size as another woman and expect to achieve the same results.
*Please note that `cc` sizes vary from patient to patient
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5. What are breast implants made of?
Most implants available in the UK are made from silicone gel, while some cosmetic surgery providers also offer saline based ones. Each has their benefits, so it’s best to talk this through with your surgeon before making any decisions. At Transform, we use premium implants by MENTOR®, in both the round and anatomical shape.
What happens if my implants rupture?
Most implants come with a lifetime manufacturer’s guarantee, so you can rest assured your implants will be replaced in the unlikely event of complications such as rupture and capsular contracture. Although your manufacturer’s guarantee is free and will give you free product replacement, it is important to note that it will not include other costs associated with revision surgery. It’s always best to check the warranty of your cosmetic surgery provider as well as your manufacturer’s guarantee, just to give you that extra peace of mind.
Transform performs thousands of breast augmentation procedures each year, and we have the lowest rate of further revision surgery in the UK. We provide 3 years aftercare inclusive of surgery costs, with the option to extend your aftercare for another 7 years. To view information about our aftercare packages, click here.