What Types of Breast Implants Are The Best For a Natural Look?

What Types of Breast Implants Are The Best For a Natural Look?

If it seems like more and more women are getting breast implants, that’s because the popularity of the procedure is on the rise. While breast augmentation has always been exceedingly popular, now there are estimates that between 1 million and 3 million women have implants. One study concluded that 8.08 in every 1,000 have implants and around 60% of women get them for aesthetic reasons. 

The popularity of implants is even more pronounced in Hollywood. Some celebrities like Iggy Azaelea, Naya River, and Haley Cuoco love their implants and will tell anyone who will listen. Others like Heidi Montag and Kourtney Kardashian have opened up about how they rushed into their boob job and should have done it differently. 

The key to loving your implants is to choose a size and a material that works for you. Because there are many types of breast implants, it is easy to customize them to fit your look and your frame. 

What Are The Different Types of Breast Implants?

There are two basic types of breast implants: saline and silicone. Saline implants are FDA-approved for women over the age of 18, and are recommended because they are easier and safer to insert. Silicone implants have a more natural-feeling texture and will not collapse if they begin to leak. 

Women who want breast implants also have the choice of some specialty implants. Gummy bear implants are made from silicone with a shell and silicone gel on the inside. Because of the thickness of the gel, the implant won’t leak if it ruptures, making it a safer option. 

There are also different shapes for types of implants. Round implants are the most popular because, if the implant rotates in place, it will not be noticeable. Implants can also be teardrop shaped; this mimics the natural shape of the breast to make your chest look as natural as possible. Gummy bear implants are often tear drop shaped. 

Implants also come in different textures. Some silicone shells have a smooth exterior, which allows them to rotate and shift inside the body because they won’t attach to the surrounding tissue. Textured implants are made with a silicone shell that has a rough surface; this allows the implant to grip onto the surrounding tissues to prevent movement. 

What Types of Breast Implants Are The Best For a Natural Look?

What Type of Breast Implant Is The Best?

There is no one type of implant that is hands-down the best; different types of implants work well for different women. The best implant is the one that matches your shape, makes you feel more confident, does not leak, and looks as natural as possible. Every type of implant has its pros and cons. When you go to decide which implant is right for you, it is important to consider the benefits, the risks, and how the type of implant will inform the procedure to insert them. 

Benefits of Saline Implants

  • If saline implants rupture, the saline solution will leak out and be absorbed by the body. If a rupture occurs, you will immediately notice because of the changes to your breast shape. 
  • They are approved for women 18 and up. 
  • Because this type of implant is more flexible, a smaller incision can be used to insert it. A smaller incision means a less visible scar. 
  • Saline implants are more affordable. 
  • This type of implant feels firm and wearing them feels more natural. 
  • It is easier to customize the size with saline implants. 

Cons of Saline Implants

  • The implants can sometimes be visible through the skin for patients who have very thin skin and not very much natural breast tissue. 
  • Some patients report sloshing sensations in their breasts while doing strenuous activities. 
  • If the implant ruptures, your breasts will deflate as the saline fluid leaks out. The body can absorb the saline with no health risks, but you will still require surgery to have the shell removed.
  • The texture of the implant can warp and wrinkle, which can be visible through the skin.

Benefits of Silicone Implants

  • The gel mimics the texture of natural breast tissue for a more natural feel. 
  • Silicone implants hold their shape very well because of the thickness of the gel.
  • Implants made with silicone shells can come with texture or smooth. Textured shells prevent the implant from moving or rotating. 

Cons of Silicone Implants

  • Silicone implants are only approved for women over the age of 22. If younger patients get this type of implant, the manufacturer will probably not honor the warranty.
  • Silicone implants come with a higher risk of “silent ruptures” because the breasts will not deflate or change size if there is a leak. For this reason, it is very important to carefully monitor your implants and get frequent mammograms or MRIs to check for leaks. 
  • If a silicone implant ruptures, the gel cannot be absorbed by the body. Surgery will be required to remove the shell and the leaked gel. 

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    4 Other Considerations For Choosing Your Implants

    Silicone vs. saline is not the only choice that patients have to make when choosing a type of breast implant. There are also other factors to consider before you go under the knife. 

    1. Size

    Not to name names, but most of us probably know a few people – whether in real life or in media – who went a little too big. While big is ideal for some women, namely those who are pop stars, WWE Divas, pole dancers, or adult entertainers, most women do not want to feel like they have huge balloons on their chests. If you want your breasts to look natural, the best solution is to pick a size that fits your frame. 

    When you think about your size, you should consider how it will feel to wear the implants and how you dress. Having large breasts can contribute to back problems, so it is recommended that you do not go too large. The size of your implants can determine how clothes fit you, so if you go too big, you might have a hard time buying clothes that fit. The best way to avoid both these problems is to go for a realistic size that won’t hurt your back. Once you get your implants, you will find that clothes in your size fit and look better on you. 

    2. Shape 

    Despite the popular belief, breast implants actually come in different shapes. They can be round or teardrop shaped. Specialty implants like gummy bear implants are usually shaped like a teardrop, while standard implants made from saline or silicone are normally round. 

    Teardrop implants look more natural because they provide volume while mimicking the shape and droop of natural breasts. This is ideal for patients who are seeking breast reconstruction or who are undergoing gender affirming surgery. Many patients like the teardrop shape because most other people are unable to tell that they have implants. However, implants can rotate sometimes. If this occurs with a teardrop implant, it will cause the breasts to become strangely shaped and not look right. Most teardrop implants are textured to prevent rotation, but it is still a possibility. 

    Round implants do not look as natural as teardrop implants. This shape is standard for most types of breast implants because if a round implant rotates, it is completely unnoticeable. While teardrop implants are more natural looking generally, it doesn’t mean that round implants can’t look natural too. Round implants won’t have that droop that natural breasts do, but if they are sized to your figure right, they will still look just as natural. 

    Before and after results from a breast augmentation performed at Qazi Cosmetic Center in Newport Beach, California.

    3. Insertion Method

    There are 4 different ways to insert a breast implant. The most common is with an incision under the breast, this is best for silicone implants and allows for very precise placement. However, it can leave very visible scars that will be obvious from below. If you have your implant removed, the surgical team will be able to go in through the old incisions to minimize scarring. 

    Another method is with an areolar incision. This means that the surgeon makes an incision around the nipple in order to most effectively hide the incision and avoid visible scars. This method works best with saline implants because they are flexible enough to be inserted through a small hole. However, this method can lead to difficulty breastfeeding, so it is only recommended if you do not want kids or are done having kids. 

    It is also possible to insert the implant through an incision in the armpit. This is another optimal way to hide the incision so that you won’t have visible scars. Patients who have their implants inserted through the armpit don’t normally have difficulty breastfeeding. 

    The last method for preventing visible scarring is for the implants to be inserted through the belly button. This completely hides the scar; however, when you have your implants removed, the surgical team will need to make a new incision. 

    4. Under the muscle or above the muscle 

    The last consideration for choosing the best type of breast implant for you is deciding if you want the implant to be inserted under the pectoralis major muscle or over it. 

    For women who have ample breast tissue to support the implant, it is suitable for the implant to be placed over the muscle. This method is an easier surgery and involves an easier recovery. With the implant above the muscle, there is less risk of the implant moving, changing shape, or becoming overly visible during exercise or if the patient is building muscle. However, implants placed over the muscle have a greater chance of rippling or wrinkling, which may be visible through the skin. 

    Inserting the implant under the muscle is recommended for women who do not have as much natural breast tissue to support the implant. The chest muscle offers support and coverage to help the implant look more natural. However, the surgery for submuscular implants involves a longer recovery and slightly more discomfort and soreness near the treatment area. 

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      Frequently Asked Questions About Types of Breast Implants

      How long will my breast implants last? Are they permanent?

      The longevity of your implants will depend on how well you take care of them, as well as your lifestyle. Most patients have their implants for 10 to 15 years before they decide to have them taken out or an implant ruptures. Dr. Nadir Qazi recommends that all patients do yearly screenings to check the structural integrity and the placement of their implants. If problems are caught early, they can be corrected before the implant ruptures or becomes infected. 

      The most common causes of ruptures are trauma to the chest, such as a car crash, or as a result of natural aging.

      Is there a type of breast implant that can lift my breasts?

      No, breast implants are not designed to lift the breasts or stop sagging. Rather, breast implants are designed to create volume and symmetry. If you want to correct sagging breasts, your best option is to get a breast lift. This is a surgical procedure that will reverse drooping and reposition the nipple if needed. 

      A breast lift can be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation to completely transform your figure. Breast lifts are also commonly performed at the same time as a tummy tuck. 

      What types of breast implants are best for women who still want to breastfeed?

      Silicone and saline implants are both safe for breastfeeding; the method of inserting the implants is what determines if you will be able to breastfeed in the future. If you want to ensure that you don’t damage your mammary glands, it is best to get implants inserted through the armpit or the belly button. Both these surgical techniques will protect your ability to breastfeed. 

      How Do I Know Which Types of Breast Implants Are Right For Me?

      The best way to determine which type of implant is for you is to schedule a consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic. When you meet with Dr. Qazi, you can discuss your goals and he will make a recommendation. The surgical team at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic will be here to answer your questions every step of the way. 

      Meet Dr. Nadir Qazi

      While growing up in Chicago, I struggled for years with severe acne and scarring. Dealing with constant comments about my skin, especially from friends and family, wasn’t easy. That feeling of isolation and defeat hit me hard. Many around me were in the same position, yet there were very limited solutions available. This led me to determine my mission: to tirelessly build a unique medical practice where compassion meets science, providing proper care for every overlooked skin type and tone. At my Center, my team and I offer only clinically proven treatments that I have personally researched. My goal is to help others achieve their dreams, breaking free from the constraints of their physical appearance, and to be the support I needed the most.

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