What You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation Implants

Most women who want breast augmentation expect the results to look and feel natural, which requires them to consider many factors. In addition to size, the shape and material are also important considerations. This post discusses these factors you should think about when choosing breast implants.


The volume of breast implants can vary considerably. It’s typically between 200 and 400 cubic centimeters (cc), although volumes between 100 and 800 cc aren’t uncommon. It’s important not to focus on volume too much, as natural, attractive implants often depend more on their shape, placement, and profile.


The two basic shapes of implants are round and teardrop. A round implant appears the same from all angles, whereas a teardrop implant is slightly larger on one side. As a result, it doesn’t matter how your plastic surgeon inserts a round implant, nor does it matter how it shifts after the surgery. On the other hand, your surgeon must insert a teardrop implant so the larger end is down. This placement is necessary to make the implant resemble a natural breast. In addition, a teardrop implant can create aesthetic problems if it rotates over time.


There are two options for implants: saline and silicone. Each option has its own advantages and drawbacks.

When it comes to breast implants, the appearance of silicone implants is often considered more natural. However, it’s important to be aware that ruptures can be a more serious concern with this particular type of implant. Regular medical imaging is recommended for women with silicone implants to ensure their safety and detect any potential leaks.

When it comes to leaks, saline breast implants may be preferable because you will immediately know if one has occurred. Furthermore, the saline solution is easily absorbed by the body, while silicone will stay within the breast cavity. Saline is often a more cost-effective option compared to silicone. One drawback of saline implants, though, is the potential for rippling, which can affect their natural appearance compared to silicone implants.

Schedule a Breast Augmentation Consultation in Sugar Land, TX, or Houston, TX

Contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Altamira online or call 713-271-9000 to schedule your consultation for breast augmentation. He can discuss your goals for your personal appearance and how breast augmentation can help you meet them.

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