There are many factors to decide when getting breast implants, like placement, implant type and implant size. It’s helpful to know the options for these choices so you can pick the style that best suits your unique wants and needs. Here’s a quick run-down of what you’ll be looking for surrounding your breast augmentation procedure:


Implant Type: Silicone vs. Saline.
We offer both silicone and saline breast implants, and are eager to help you make the right choice. Typically, we suggest silicone implants for anyone interested in a breast augmentation. Due to the way they are made, silicone implants typically have a more natural look and feel, with a lesser chance of containing imperfections such as rippling or wrinkling and a lower risk of skin stretching. They are generally suitable for women with little breast tissue to cover the implant. The main drawback of the silicone implants is that they are only FDA approved for women ages 22 and older.


Placement Options: Above Muscle vs Under Muscle.
Subglandular breast implant placement is beneath your breast tissue but above the muscles in your chest. The obvious benefit of this placement option is that it minimizes impact to your chest muscles, thereby reducing your breast augmentation recovery period. This implant placement also allows us to utilize any of the breast implant incision options and can be used for both types of breast implants. Submuscular breast implant placement happens below the muscles in your chest. This placement will increase both surgical and recovery time due to the additional impact to your chest muscles. Submuscular placement allows for a more natural look and feel in addition to a reduced risk for medical complications relating to capsular contracture or breastfeeding.


Implant Size: This is more of an independent decision. The answers will depend on your anatomy and goals, but having a clear idea of how big you want to go before your surgery will go a long way toward your satisfaction with the results. We’ve had patients practice with rice bags or try on certain clothing to test what feels right. Spending time getting comfortable with the feel of larger breasts and learning what you can about the procedure will only help you through the process.


We know the thought and care you put into this decision and we want to help you prepare however we can. Check out our detailed blogs to learn more about the different types of implants and implant placement options if you’re interested to do more research, or give us a call at (404) 257-9888 if you’re ready to schedule your consultation!