If you’re reading this, you’re probably already spent a fair amount of time thinking about getting breast implants. You have your reason why, you’ve started the research process, and you’ve checked in with yourself multiple times to see if it feels right. But, whether you’re all in or still on the fence, you may have more questions. These top four considerations can help with that.
Overwhelmed before getting breast implants?
First of all, we want to acknowledge how complicated pre-planning (and wishing, hoping, daydreaming) can be before getting breast implants. Even if you’ve never wavered from your decision, we know the decision-making process gets overwhelming at times. This list is by no means comprehensive, and every case is individual. But our hope is to help you feel more confident about your decision for breast implants and come to your appointment armed with knowledge. So let’s get to it:
#1: Find the right size
We’re just going to say it: size matters. Choosing your implant size is highly personal, but you don’t have to go it alone! During consultations, our doctor will work with you on your specific goals and help to determine which size will best meet them.
If you want to get a jump start on this idea at home, the rice test is an unofficial way to think about size. For this, cut nylon stockings about 12 inches up from the leg portion, weigh rice according to implant size (see below in cubic centimeters), tie off the other end, and add to a sports bra. Use this as a jumping-off point!
1/8 cup rice = 30 cc
1/4 cup rice = 59 cc
1/3 cup rice = 78 cc
1/2 cup rice = 118 cc
2/3 cup rice = 156 cc
3/4 cup rice = 177 cc
1 cup rice = 236 cc
#2: Consider types and materials
All implants are not made equally. There are four main categories that will change how your implants look, feel, and meet your needs.
- Saline: These implants are made of silicone shells filled with sterile saline, but have the potential to rupture or ripple if done incorrectly.
- Silicone: These implants have a silicone shell and gel. They tend to have a more natural appearance and feel and come in varying consistencies.
- Round: This shape often looks more natural and is more flexible to different breasts and body types.
- Teardrop or Gummy Bear: These “form stable” shapes are often firmer but are available in a wider variety of teardrop variations.
- Smooth: These implants are placed for movement within the breast implant pocket for a more natural feeling while the texture gives a “softer” feeling.
- Textured: These implants are named because of the scar tissue they develop (or tiny grains on the surface) for less movement in the implant pocket.
- Nano-textured: This newest texture has a texture that mimics natural cell surfaces for breast tissue cells to grow on the implant.
The last consideration is where the implant will be placed––either behind the glandular tissue or behind the chest muscle wall. This will ultimately be based on the style and type of implant you choose.
#3: Manage your recovery expectations
The recovery period is about patience. Every client and every procedure are different, but you can generally plan on two months before you’re fully recovered. Immediately following the procedure, you may feel pain and tightness. In the first three to seven days, you may experience more pain and, after a week, may be cleared for light activities. Most patients notice the swelling and pain decrease in the following weeks, although we still recommend light activities and no heavy lifting. After two months, most have made a full recovery and can get back to their normal routine.
#4: Choose the right surgeon for getting breast implants
Getting breast implants doesn’t have to be scary or stressful. Choosing the right surgeon can give you confidence in the process––from the consultation to your beautiful results. At Bend Plastic Surgery, Dr. Angeles and team have decades of experience exceeding client expectations. We can’t wait to work with you!