Breast augmentation procedures increased size and enhance the breast shape using silicone or saline breast implants. Many women choose to have breast augmentation to:

  • Correct breast unevenness
  • Correct breast deformities
  • Restore breast fullness
  • balanced body proportions

Your plastic surgeon can help you determine the right implant type for you.

Breast Implant Choices

Breast implants are different in price, feel, shape, and system requirements. The implants that work best for you will depend on your current breast size, personal preference, and your cosmetic surgeon’s recommendations. Implant considerations include:

  • Filling materials
    • saline
    • silicone gel
    • highly cohesive gel implants (gummy bears)
  • Shape
    • round
    • shaped

Saline and silicone gel implants tend to be round in shape, but gummy bear implant options can be shaped or round. Round implants fill and enhance the top portion the breast, while shaped implants offer a sloping contour. Also, to achieve the best possible symmetry, you may require a different sized implant for each breast.

Incision Options for Breast Augmentation

Women choosing breast implants frequently asked what their scars will look like and if they can be easily or discreetly hidden. Scaring depends on the technique used to place your implants.

One of the following techniques will be used to place your implants:


Inframammary surgery leaves a thin, one to two inch scar that is easily concealed. The advantages include a wider access point, allowing the surgeon to precisely placed larger silicone or gummy bear implants.


Peri-areolar incisions are made around the outer edge of the areola, resulting in minor scarring.


The trans-axillary technique involves implant placement via a small incision in the armpit. This method leaves a small scar under the armpit, but no scarring on the breast

Additional important information for women with breast implants:

  • It’s safe to have mammograms with breast implants.
  • Patients with silicone implants should be screened for ruptures.
  • Pregnancy or weight fluctuation may affect results.
  • Breast tissue change over time, so it’s important to wear bras with adequate support to prevent sagging.