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How to achieve a natural Breast Augmentation

Is it possible to have a natural result from breast implants?

Fortunately the answer is yes. There are a number of ways a fully qualified plastic surgeon can achieve this look.  The biggest determinant is the size of implant the patient chooses.  Regardless of technique if the implant is too big for the body frame it will look fake. Generally speaking an implant placed under the pectoral muscle will give a more natural result compared to on top of the muscle.  Similarly for any given single volume of an implant a teardrop or anatomical shaped implant will give a more natural look than a round.

The best piece of advice in order to achieve a natural look is to pick a modest size implant.

In summary a teardrop implant under the muscle with a modest sized implant will give the most natural result possible.

300 cc teardrop implant placed under the muscle.

This opinion piece was brought to you by Dr Damien Grinsell.

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How I choose the type of Breast Implant

Breast Implant types

History is littered with poor quality silicone implants from big corporations trying to make a quick buck. How can you be sure you are getting a quality implant??

Breast Implants can be grouped into the following main categories

  1. Saline
  2. Silicone smooth round
  3. Silicone Textured round
  4. Silicone Textured Anatomical (Teardrop)
  5. Polyurethane
  6. Motiva (microtexturing)

The initial and foremost characteristic that I look for in a breast implant that is going to last 20-30 years is safety. This means a company with a long track record with a low leak and capsular contracture rate.

History is littered with poor quality silicone implants from big corporations trying to make a quick buck 

First to the implants I don’t use. Saline gives a far inferior look and feel compared with silicone implants and has a much greater chance of visible wrinkling.  For this reason I use silicone implants in 99% of cases.  Polyurethane implants are more difficult to use and do not have a proven safety record so are only used rarely in my practice.  Motiva are the newest type of implant using microtexturing technology which whilst it may have potential advantages, is unproven at this point in time.

This leaves options 2,3 and 4. I use all of these from the 2 longest and leading implant companies – Mentor and Allergan.

This opinion piece was brought to you by Dr Damien Grinsell.

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Choosing between saline and silicone breast implants

Saline vs Silicone Breast Implants

The short story is that silicone implants are better in almost all respects. They have a more natural feel and look compared with saline, and are far less likely to cause visible wrinkling and folding.  If the implants are in for long enough and a rupture occurs then the implant will not deflate and leave you lopsided like it will with a saline.  For this reason it silicone is my preferred choice.

 The cosmetic benefits of silicone breast implants tip the scales in its favour with this plastic surgeon.

Why would anyone choose saline you may ask? Well despite all the advantages of silicone there are a couple of important advantages of saline.  Firstly it is a natural substance within the body so if there is a leak then it is just reabsorbed by the body with no consequence.  The second major thing to consider is that there is proven statistically lower rates of capsular contracture in saline implants. Any reoperation surgery after a leak is also easier with saline.

This opinion piece was brought to you by Dr Damien Grinsell.

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What is Biofilm?

Biofilm is a film that develops around an implant which is considered to be foreign by the body. All implants develop a capsule around them which is the body’s natural immune defence. This is normal however if a biofilm is present then the breast implant can develop a condition called a capsular contracture. It is interesting to note that biofilms have been identified on many different types of implants in the body not just breast implants. Examples of these include hip and knee replacements, heart valve replacements, pacemakers and the like.
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