Finding the Perfect Implants for You

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: You've decided to get breast augmentation. What implants are best for you?
Air Date: 6/17/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Robert Cohen, MD
Dr. Robert CohenRobert Cohen, MD, FACS, is a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is the medical director for the Scottsdale Center for Plastic Surgery in Paradise Valley, AZ, one of the premier aesthetic surgery practices in the Southwest United States. Dr. Cohen reconstructs his patients’ bodies, and also helps to educate them on the latest available techniques and technology, and the best ways to avoid complications after surgery. 

He recently expanded his practice to include an office location in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Cohen specializes in cosmetic procedures for men and women, with a focus on aesthetic surgery of the breast and body.
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Finding the Perfect Implants for You
When deciding to get breast implants, it’s important to consider all options so you get the breasts you want. A skilled plastic surgeon can talk you through so you can understand what’s best for you.

The first major choice is between saline or silicone. Saline is less expensive and is filled with salt water. Saline also tends to ripple more and doesn't look or feel as natural.

Silicone is a cohesive silicone gel-filled implant that arrives pre-filled. Silicone is the softer, more natural, better feeling implant. Silicone offers smooth and textured implants. Textured implants are less likely to slip. There is no need for breast massage after surgery with textured implants. Textured implants also lower the rate for scar hardening. Smooth implants are better for thin skin and have a smooth surface.

You have the choice of round or teardrop if you choose textured implants. A round implant is good for those who want a fuller or augmented appearance. Anatomical or teardrop implants are tapered at the top for a more natural looking breast.

There is no perfect implant. Every one has pros and cons. For a natural look and low maintenance, consider an anatomical implant.

Measurements, skin thickness, rib cage slope and trying on testers in your plastic surgeon's office will help determine the right size and style of implant for you. Bringing in reference photos will show your doctor what you want. Your doctor will help determine what will work best on your body.

Plastic surgeon and fan favorite Dr. Robert Cohen shares the basics on what to consider when seeking breast augmentation.