If you are considering breast augmentation, you enjoy more breast implant choices today than ever before. This diversity of options allows you to benefit from enhancement that is beautiful, natural-looking, and in harmony with your other features.
Based on more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Robert Herbstman can help you select breast implant options that are well suited to your unique physical characteristics and aesthetic goals. Breast-related procedures have been an area of focus throughout his career, and he brings an artistic eye and refined technical skills to every surgery that he performs.
Your Choices With Breast Implants
Advances in the design and construction of breast implants allow Dr. Herbstman to provide a wide range of cosmetic choice in your breast augmentation. These advances let him customize treatment so that your results look and feel just as you envision.
Breast implants vary based on several different factors. These include:
You can read more about each of these factors below. We also encourage you to ask questions about the differences between the various types of breast implants during your initial consultation with Dr. Herbstman. He has experience with almost every form of implant, and he can advise you about which options will provide the most natural-looking and attractive appearance.
Regardless of which implants you choose, you can have confidence in your care. Dr. Herbstman promotes the safety and comfort of his New Jersey patients by using high-quality materials in all of his procedures. In the case of breast implants, he offers products from major U.S. manufacturers including Allergan® and Mentor® and Sientra.
Which Implants Are Right for You?
You may already have a good idea of the size that you’d like your breasts to be after your procedure. However, it’s important to keep in mind that one size of breast implants may produce a different appearance on two different New Jersey patients.
The reason for this is that you may have more or less breast tissue, to begin with than another person. Also, the proportions of your chest may differ from another patient. A woman with a broad chest may get a more naturally full appearance with a large implant than a patient with a narrow chest.
Similarly, you should think of your ideal results in terms of the increase in size rather than in having a certain bra size. Bra cup sizes are inconsistent between manufacturers, and so wearing a C cup or D-cup may completely depend on which bra you choose.
During your consultation, Dr. Herbstman will talk with you about the size you’d like to achieve. He also recommends that his New Jersey patients bring in photos of breasts that match their ideal outcome to serve as “goal pictures.”
As part of your preoperative planning, you will have the opportunity to try on implant sizers. These sizers fit into a bra and simulate how your breast implants may enhance your appearance. Based on this process, Dr. Herbstman will take measurements for “biodemensional planning” and recommend a range of implant choices for your surgery.
Material: Saline vs. Silicone
Dr. Herbstman offers breast implants that are filled with either saline or silicone material. Silicone implants usually consist of a cohesive gel or a form-stable semi-solid. The latter option, known as gummy bear implants, has become increasingly popular among our New Jersey patients.
Most New Jersey women say that silicone implants look and feel more natural than saline. Dr. Herbstman usually recommends silicone implants for thinner patients who have less existing breast tissue and who may be susceptible to rippling (visible wrinkling of the implant shell).
Shape: Round vs. Teardrop
Round implants are the most popular option in the United States, but “shaped” implants (also referred to as “anatomical” implants or “teardrop-shaped” implants) may be useful for patients who want very subtle results.
Dr. Herbstman can create beautiful results with either choice but usually recommends round implants. For most of his New Jersey patients, shaped breast implants are likely to provide enhancement that is too subtle. Women who desire a fuller appearance in the upper portion of the breasts, with enhanced cleavage, generally choose round implants.
Firmness can affect both the feel and the appearance of your breasts after augmentation. Dr. Herbstman will often demonstrate the differences for patients by standing the implant on its side. This gives them an idea of how the implant will settle and where its fullness will be located within their chest.
For example, a firm gel tends to emphasize the upper portion of the breast. This can provide youthful fullness, but this effect must be balanced with a natural-looking appearance. Holding the breast implants and examining the different options during your consultation can give you a good idea of the choice that will work best for your needs.
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 can stay properly oriented.
Round implants, on the other hand, can be either smooth or textured. Many of our New Jersey patients prefer the smooth variety because they move more freely within the breast pocket. This creates a more natural appearance. Dr. Herbstman will weigh 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, full and extra high. The type of projection you will want will depend largely on your anatomy. Patients with a narrow chest tend to be better suited for higher profile implants, for instance.
During your consultation, Dr. Herbstman will take measurements of your chest to help in evaluating the profile choices that best meet your desires. He will also factor in the amount of existing breast tissue as part of this bio-dimensional process.
Choosing from a Wide Range of Options
As you can probably tell from the numerous features described above, selecting breast implants has become a more complex and more individualized process. Even manufacturers with relatively new products continue to innovate in their designs.
For example, patients used to be only able to get a gummy bear gel implant in a shaped and textured design. Now, you can have the benefits of the gummy consistency in a round, smooth surface design. Each advance helps our New Jersey patients get not only the right look but also the most natural feel.
As you explore your options with breast implants, Dr. Herbstman and our staff encourage you to schedule a consultation. Through a collaborative and caring process, we will help you make the best choice for your needs and goals.
Dr. Herbstman takes a personal approach to each patient’s treatment. From your initial consultation to your surgery to follow-up visits after breast augmentation, you will experience attentive and individualized care. See the difference when you visit his practice in East Brunswick or Red Bank, New Jersey. Request a consultation online, or call us at (732) 254-1919.