Breast Implant Options
If you are considering breast augmentation, you enjoy more choices today than ever before when it comes to breast implants. In New Jersey, Dr. Robert Herbstman can help you select the breast implants that are best suited for your unique physical characteristics and aesthetic goals. The decision is ultimately yours, but Dr. Herbstman is pleased to guide you using his experience as a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Dr. Herbstman takes a personal approach to each patient's care. See the difference when you visit his practice in East Brunswick and Red Bank, New Jersey. Request a consultation online, or call us at (732) 254-1919.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Herbstman blends exceptional qualifications with a welcoming personality to provide beautiful results.
What Are My Implant Choices?
There are several different factors you need to decide on for your implants when you choose breast augmentation. Recent advances in the science of breast implants enable Dr. Herbstman to offer you a wide range of choices, helping him to customize your breast enhancement so that your results look and feel just as you envision.
The factors you'll need to consider include:
You can read more about each of these factors below, and we encourage you to bring your questions to your consultation. Dr. Herbstman has experience with different options within each category, and he makes your goals and safety his top priorities when working with you to find the single best option. He offers implants from major U.S. manufacturers including Allergan® and MENTOR®.
Which Implants Are Right for You?
You may already have a good idea of the size you'd like your breasts to be after your procedure. It's important to keep in mind that one size of implants might look different on different patients, depending on their existing breast tissue and chest proportions. We measure implant sizes in cubic centimeters, or cc, rather than bra cup sizes, which are inconsistent between manufacturers.
Dr. Herbstman talks with you about the size you'd like to achieve, and he encourages you to bring in photos of others as "goal pictures." As part of the preoperative planning, patients will try on implant sizers in our office, which fit into a bra to simulate how different options may look. Dr. Herbstman takes measurements and recommends a size that will meet your expectations.
Before & After Breast Augmentation
See more cases of our real breast augmentation patients in our before-and-after photo gallery.
Material: Saline vs. Silicone
Dr. Herbstman offers implants that are filled with either saline or silicone, which can be in the form of a cohesive gel or a form-stable semi-solid. This latter option, known as gummy bear implants, are becoming increasingly popular among patients. Most women say silicone implants look and feel more natural than saline. That's why Dr. Herbstman usually recommends thinner patients who have little existing breast tissue and are concerned about rippling — visible wrinkling of the implant shell — get silicone implants.
On the other hand, women who have enough existing breast tissue often make good candidates for saline implants, which are less expensive. Smaller incisions are needed for saline because they are filled after being inserted, which also enables Dr. Herbstman to adjust the size during surgery for symmetry.
Shape: Round vs. Teardrop
Round implants have traditionally been the most popular in the U.S., but "shaped" implants (also referred to as "anatomical" implants or "teardrop-shaped" implants) have been gaining ground in recent years as more options have come onto the market. Dr. Herbstman can create beautiful results with either shape.
Women who desire a fuller appearance in the upper portion of the breasts, with enhanced cleavage, generally choose round implants. Women who would prefer more discreet and natural-looking results often choose teardrop-shaped implants. These implants have more volume in the bottom portion, mimicking the natural slope of the breast.
All breast implants have a shell that is made of silicone. Some shells are smooth, and some are "textured," or rough. The textured surface helps the surrounding breast tissue to "grab" the implant, which prevents it from rotating within the implant pocket. For this reason, teardrop-shaped implants are always textured, so they stay properly oriented.
Round implants, on the other hand, can be either smooth or textured. Some women prefer the smooth variety, because they move more freely within the breast pocket, which looks more natural. Dr. Herbstman considers your priorities and weighs this choice against other factors to find the best fit for you.
A breast implant's profile refers to how far it projects from the chest related to the size of its base. Profiles come in low, moderate, moderate-plus, and high. This factor depends largely on your anatomy. Patients with a narrow chest tend to be better suited for high-profile implants, for instance. Patients often ask for Dr. Herbstman's recommendation when deciding on implant profile. He measures your chest and existing tissue and guides you to find the best choice.