Breast Implant Options
There are several keys to success with breast augmentation but one of the major ones is your choice of implant.
First, should you go with saline or with the MemoryGel silicone implant? While this is a personal decision, there are several factors to consider when making this decision.
Saline vs. MemoryGel Silicone
- Not pre-filled so requires slightly smaller incision
- Not pre-filled so may be easier to address and fine tune smaller degrees of asymmetry
- Less expensive
- Consistency of the gel makes it look, feel, and move more naturally
- More optimal for very thin patients or for patients with very little breast tissue
- MemoryGel is highly cohesive so holds its shape better than previous gel implants
- More prone to rippling (not a matter if…but when)
- Less natural look and feel as compared to gel implants
- More expensive
- Slightly longer incision
Given the significant advantages of MemoryGel implants over their saline counterparts, Dr. Buford generally prefers gel implants for his patients. They simply provide a more natural look and feel than saline. In addition, recent data released from MENTOR Worldwide actually documents that the new gel implants are almost twice as durable as saline. In fact, they are so confident that these implants are superior, they actually provide a lifetime warranty for MemoryGel breast implants.
Learn more about MemoryGel’s breast implants warranty, and the advances made from the earlier types of silicone implants to the silicone breast implants of today.
Implants also come with either a smooth or textured surface. Earlier gel implants were noted to have a higher risk for capsular contracture and so texturing of the surface was developed to reduce this incidence. However, since then improvements in the design of both the shell as well as an increase in cohesiveness of the implants have significantly reduced this risk and make texturing unnecessary. The only area where texturing is important is in the case of the highly cohesive shaped gel breast implants, commonly referred to as the “Gummy Bear” Implants. Here, texturing is designed to hold the implant in place so that it maintains its orientation and does not turn in the tissue pocket. With this in mind, at this time Dr. Buford uses exclusively smooth implants.
The final, and potentially most important detail, is the size of your implants. Before you embark on this journey, speak to friends, review website before and after photos, and really determine what size range you feel would meet your goals. Are you looking to regain lost volume as the result of breast feeding or weight loss or have you always wanted larger breasts and now decided it was time? Whatever your reasoning, Dr. Buford and the experienced team at BEAUTY by BUFORD will do everything they can to help you achieve a natural and proportionate result.
To help you select the most appropriate size, we will size with you at your initial consultation and ask that you bring photographs that you feel are appropriate representations of the result that you want. We will do our best to give you a result that is neither too big nor too small but just right!
Ready for a Consultation?
Dr. Buford will be happy to discuss breast implant types with you in a consultation at our practice here in Denver. He will explain all aspects of each type of implant, and together, you and Dr. Buford will determine the best implant for your needs. Please contact Beauty by Buford to schedule a consultation.