- What types of implants are used during breast augmentation?
- Are there different shapes to choose from?
- What does an implant profile refer to?
- Where do you insert the implants?
- Can I breastfeed after getting implants?
- 1. What types of implants are used during breast augmentation?
Cohesive silicone gel is the most widely used implant type in Australia, primarily because it feels more natural. The current silicone implants are far safer than the previous ones because they are much less prone to leaking.
There are three types of implant surface: Smooth , Textured and Polyurethane .
The primary advantage of smooth implants is that they are less prone to rippling. Polyurethane implants offer some advantages by reducing capsular hardening, rotation, flipping and bottoming out. More can be found out about polyurethane implants here.
Dr Szalay has performed approximately equal numbers of smooth, textured and polyurethane implants so he feels he can provide you with a balanced view of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of implant.
- 2. Are there different shapes to choose from?
There are two types: round or anatomical (teardrop shaped). Dr Szalay uses both types of implants and has a wide variety available for you to try on.
Teardrop implants can be helpful if you are delicately built and would like a natural slope to your breasts. They are also useful if your breasts are a bit saggy as they can lift the lower part of your breasts. Other advantages of teardrop implants can be found here.
Round implants are very popular across all ages and can be tailored depending on their profile to give a natural result, or if you wish a result that restores or emphasises upper fullness.
- 3. What does an implant profile refer to?
The profile of an implant means how far forward it will project or ‘stick out’. The manufacturers of breast implants offer a range of profiles – optimising the possibility of finding a profile to suit your desired look.
In general, if you are seeking a natural shaped breast then you may prefer a medium profile. Similarly, if you have small, high breasts then aesthetically this may be better for you.
If you want more fullness in the upper part of your breast and would like your breast to project forward (which many women do) then you may prefer a high profile implant. Also, if you have breast fed or noticed that your breasts have lost their upper fullness or sagged a little, then a high profile implant can restore the upper fullness.
- 4. Where do you insert the implants?
Your breast is composed of glandular tissue and sits on top of your pectoralis major muscle. The implant can be placed behind the muscle, in front of the muscle, or a combination of the two (dual plane). Dr Szalay performs all three types of placement.
- 5. Can I breastfeed after getting implants?
Breast implants that are properly inserted shouldn’t stop you from being able to breast feed. But please keep in mind that with or without breast implants, not all women can successfully breast feed.