Selecting the ideal breast implants for you

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Jun 16, 2014 9:00:00 AM

selecting-breast-implantsInvesting in yourself and electing to undergo breast augmentation is a big, bold, and exciting step. You may be planning an augmentation to fill out the cleavage you’ve always desired,  to restore lost volume after pregnancy, or perhaps to correct asymmetry. Maybe you’ve always felt uncomfortable in your clothes or shy to undress with a loved one because of dissatisfaction with your breasts. Whatever the reason, an important aspect of your breast augmentation journey is selecting the right breast implants. You will have a number of decisions to make prior to your breast augmentation, and today we are going to specifically address three aspects of implants: silicone versus saline, profile or silhouette, and size.

Silicone versus saline

Once the implants are in place and you have fully recovered, determining if your breast augmentation implants are silicone or saline will be virtually impossible for anyone who doesn’t know. In fact, anyone who doesn’t know may have difficulty telling that you have implants at all, since the design of implants has now advanced to a point where they feel and look more natural than ever. However, saline implants do tend to be a bit firmer than silicone implants, and for some patients this may be an important consideration. Silicone implants most closely resemble natural breast tissue, but silicone implants are only FDA-approved for patients over the age of 22, whereas saline implants are approved for patients as young as 18.


Many patients are well-informed about their silicone versus saline options, and most have a good idea about their preferred size. However, many be unsure about silhouette. Breast implants typically come in three silhouettes — low profile, moderate profile, and high profile. A low profile implant will be closer to the chest wall, whereas a high profile implant will cause the breast to stand out further from the chest wall. A moderate profile will be somewhere in between. This does not mean the implants are different sizes. Rather, an implant with each profile may be the same size, but each provides a different profile to the body, creating a different shape for the chest in relation to the rest of the body. When determining what type of implants are best for you, you might ask to see all three profiles in your preferred size.

Total size (CCs)

Perhaps the most important decision when obtaining breast implants is to decide on the size of the implants. Many of us are familiar with bra cup size — A, B, C, and so on — but implants are actually measured in cubic centimeters, or CCs. Bra cup size is subjective, and one brand’s B-cup may be the same as another brand’s C-cup. Two women both purporting to wear a C-cup bra might be of different sizes and shapes not only in their overall body but in their breasts as well. The advantage of using CCs instead of bra cup size is precision. Most implants are available in 120 CCs on the small end and 800 CCs on the larger end; however, the most popular size for some time now has been 350 CCs — large enough to reshape and resize the breasts but not so large as to be obviously augmented.

If you have been considering breast augmentation, the best way to learn more about your breast implant options is to schedule a consultation with a surgeon at Monarch Plastic Surgery. Our surgeons will walk you through all of the options available to you, including the pros and cons of each, and will make suggestions based on your goals and preferences. To get started, call Monarch Plastic Surgery today at (913) 663-3838 or (816) 436-3262 to schedule a consultation.

Topics: Breast augmentation

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