What Kind of Breast Implant Is Best?

Woman holding a breast implant during her surgical consultation A great thing about breast augmentation is how customizable it is. You can choose from many different breast implant options to create the exact results you want. The best implant for you will depend on what material, size, and projection are capable of achieving your unique goals.

Saline vs. Silicone

All breast implants have a silicone shell. Saline implants contain sterile saltwater. Meanwhile, silicone implants contain smooth silicone gel. 

Today, silicone implants are the most popular. Silicone implants were used in 54% of all breast augmentations in 2020. Meanwhile, saline implants were only used in 16%, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Many patients think silicone implants are best because they tend to look and feel the most natural. They won’t deflate when ruptured or cause any visible rippling beneath the skin.

If you’re interested in silicone implants, you can consider a newer style with a highly cohesive gel filling. These implants are called gummy bear implants. They offer incredibly realistic results.

Other Breast Implant Choices

You’ll need to consider more than just the material of your breast implants. A few other factors can play a significant role in your cosmetic outcome. These factors include:

  • Size: Breast implants come in lots of sizes. That means you can go for a subtle increase in volume or a more dramatic boost. In the end, it’s a matter of personal preference.
  • Projection: Projection describes how far the breast implants extend past the chest wall. Implants with less projection tend to give a more natural result. Meanwhile, implants with more projection are generally associated with a perkier and fuller breast appearance.
  • Placement: This choice comes down to whether your implants will go above or below your chest muscles. Each option has distinct advantages and considerations.

Our office makes it easy to pick your perfect breast implants. We use advanced imaging technology to give you a better idea of how these different options will look on your body.

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Call 865-366-4755 today to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dean Kleto. We serve Knoxville, Sevierville, Knox County, and nearby areas of Tennessee.


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