You may hear the terms “breast augmentation” and “breast implants” used interchangeably, which can make it confusing at first to understand the difference between the two. During a breast augmentation consultation, Dr. Diktaban can explain everything you need to know and answer any questions you may have. Before your appointment, here are some of the basics you should know about breast augmentation and breast implants.
Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Implants
A breast augmentation is the surgical procedure which increases the size of the breasts for a fuller and more symmetrical look. This procedure is completed using breast implants, which are medical devices placed inside the breasts to increase their size. When someone refers to “breast augmentation,” they are speaking about the surgery, while “breast implants” refer to the devices used to achieve the desired look.
What is a Breast Augmentation?
A breast augmentation is a common type of plastic surgery which can increase the size of the breasts using either implants or fat transfer. The goals of a breast augmentation is to create fuller breasts which are symmetrical, proportionate with the rest of the patient’s body, and meet the patient’s cosmetic goals. The procedure can be beneficial for patients who have naturally smaller breasts, asymmetrical breasts, or a “deflated” look after weight loss or pregnancy and breastfeeding.
What are Breast Implants?
Breast implants are medical devices used in a breast augmentation to increase the size of the breasts. There are many types of breast implants, with the three main categories being saline, silicone, and gummy bear. All three of these types include an outer silicone shell which is filled with a corresponding material.
Saline implants are filled with a saltwater solution. These implants are approved for patients who are 18 years old or older, and can be pre-filled or placed in the body before filling the implant with saline. In case of implant rupture, the saline is safely absorbed by the body, leaving the implant shell for removal and replacement. Saline implants tend to slightly less natural looking or feeling.
Silicone implants are made of a silicone gel which is typically more natural looking and feeling. These implants can be used for patients 21 years old or older, and are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. In case of an implant rupture, the silicone gel will remain in the breast pocket and must be removed surgically.
Gummy bear implants are a type of silicone implant that is generally firmer than traditional silicone implants. This allows them to better retain their shape while still feeling soft and natural.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Augmentation?
Good breast augmentation patients should be healthy overall and looking for fuller, rounder breasts. During a consultation, Dr. Diktaban will evaluate your health and goals for the procedure to recommend whether breast augmentation is right for you. You can also review your breast implant options and choose a size, shape, and type that will help you best meet your cosmetic goals.
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Dr. Theodore Diktaban, MD FACS, a double board-certified plastic surgeon with 35+ years of experience, specializes in safe and subtle cosmetic treatments, enhancing natural beauty and boosting self-confidence in the Upper East Side and New York City.