The Complete Guide to Breast Implant Procedures

Breast augmentation/enlargement with silicone implants is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), nearly 166,500 breast augmentation procedures were performed in Brazil in 2015. Additionally, with advancements in research and technology, a breast augmentation is one of the safest overall medical procedures. The risk factor very minimal. If you are considering a breast augmentation procedure, there are some basic facts you should know. Below you will find additional information which can help you ask the right questions during the initial consultation. This insight will help you understand what to results to expect.

Silicone Implant Size

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When choosing your silicone implants, there are generally three size ranges. The appropriate size of silicone implants (for you) will depend on your height, hip and shoulder width, bra size, and desired results.

Small (0ml-240ml)

  • Only visible without a bra.
  • Ideal for patients with narrow shoulders.

Medium (240ml–340ml) – MOST POPULAR

  • Capable of delivering a 42 or 44 cup size.
  • Maintains shape and position for years to come.

Large (340ml+) – STANDARD SIZES: 380ml–400ml

  • Great for patients with a small starting cup size.
  • Not recommended for patients with loose skin or seeking a breast lift (mastopexy).

The actual diameter and height of the implant will vary by brand. During your initial consultation, Dr. Alexandre Charão takes measurements and calculations to recommend the best silicone implant for your needs. Smaller implants with a high projection can create the same effect as large implants with a low projection. Also, keep in mind, the size of the silicone implant affects the extent of scarring. In general, it is better to use small, high-profile implants that project outward.

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Shape

Round – MOST POPULAR

  • Covers the most surface area.
  • Most requested by patients – evenly fills any bra.

Conical

  • Delivers a subtle, natural look.
  • Manufactured by SLIMED.

Polyurethane Implants

All breast implants contain silicone gel. Typically, a thin layer of silicone is also applied to the exterior. This additional layer improves durability and minimizes any physical reactions to the implant. However, there are two manufacturers, SLIMED and POLYTECH, which use polyurethane on the surface. The polyurethane helps reduce the risk of capsular contracture and makes it easier for the implant to attach to the surrounding breast tissue. A polyurethane implant is very useful for patients who experience extensive sagging from bariatric surgery or rapid weight loss.

Reduced Scarring

Creating an incision line along the inframammary to insert the silicone implant is the best option to reduce scarring. If proper postoperative care is followed, which includes applying silicone tapes and healing creams, the scar line will be barely visible.

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Your Initial Consultation

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As you are researching breast augmentation procedures involving silicone breast implants, it is important for you to define your expectations. During your initial consultation, you can discuss various options which will work for your goals and current situation. To help give Dr. Alexandre Charão a clear idea of your desired results, you should send him photos of how you would like your breasts to look.