The Best Breast Implant?
Patients do a huge amount of research about the best breast implant. It is good to be informed before having breast augmentation and in this day and age with the internet and information that is freely available, it is reasonable to come to the clinic armed with ideas and expectations of which implant you would like.
We encourage this and one of the unique things about the clinic is that we are all fully trained plastic surgeons, so I feel that we appeal to a group of patients who do tend to research things a bit more and will choose a clinic based on the experience, expertise, and aftercare, rather than purely the price.
However, when it comes to the ‘best breast implant’, I do think that patients can tend to over-estimate the importance of certain aspects.
I often hear them asking for a certain make of implant because they have been told they are the best.
Now if you think about what a breast implant is, it is a silicone shell filled with silicone gel, the gel inside the implant comes from one factory in Texas, so regardless of the make they all have the same gel and the shell is either textured, smooth or polyurethane foam.
There is not a great deal to distinguish between different makes of smooth implants, and whilst there are some differences in the texturing between different makes of implant, I am not sure whether it would be enough to say that one is the better than another. If you want polyurethane implants, then there is only one manufacturer in the world who makes them, Polytech, so you have no choice!
If there was one manufacturer that was best, we would all use it, but the reality is that there are several very good well-respected manufacturers all of whom make high quality implants.
Trust me, if one make was the best we would be using it.
It is a bit like suggesting that one make of car is better than another.
Is BMW better than Mercedes?
What it often comes down it is actually a model.
It is hard to compare a two-seater sporty BMW with an enormous Mercedes 4 x 4 SUV, but just like choosing a car, you need to think about what sort of model you want, what sort of shape you want, and what sort of look you are trying to achieve, and this is going to affect the outcome much more than the actual manufacturer of the implants.
You can see in the video below, I discuss the importance of the shape and profile of the implant in achieving the final result.
It is not enough just to choose a certain shape and profile for an individual, because that shape and profile has to be matched to your body frame in terms of the dimensions of your chest and the shape and volume of the breasts that you have currently. The best breast implant for one person may not be the best breast implant for you, even if you think that person has a great result.
This is why it is so hard to give an opinion to someone in an on-line chat or in a forum, because we would need to see you, measure you, and formulate a plan to decide on the best breast implant which is unique to you.
We won’t tell you what implant to have, but we will help you come to a decision as to what implant might be the best for your frame.
In fact, I always say that the most important decision is not about choosing the best breast implant.
The most important decision is your surgeon; it does not matter what make or shape of implant you have, if it is not placed correctly it will not look good.
If the implant is placed too high or too level, too wide apart or too close together, you will be unhappy with the result regardless of the make, shape, profile, or texturing.
This is the decision that is going to make a tangible difference to the outcome that you get.
So, choose your surgeon wisely, both in terms of their qualifications and experience, but also in terms of their personality and your rapport with them.
I do not think you can underestimate the gut feeling that you get when you see a surgeon, because whilst it is only a one-off operation, we do like to keep an eye on you and see you for months and years afterwards.
It is important that you feel you can talk to us, raising any questions or concerns, and convey your desired results to us.
If you do not feel that you can, then I suggest you keep looking.
There are plenty of fully qualified plastic surgeons around.
As long as you choose someone who is or has been an NHS consultant in plastic surgery, then you can be sure they are fully trained.
If you want to know more about what is involved in plastic surgery during the training and how to choose a plastic surgeon, you can get a free copy of my book from my website entitled ‘Never Accept A Lift From Strangers‘, and if you have any questions, you can find me on Facebook every Tuesday night at 7 o’clock and I would be happy to answer them.
But whilst it is important that you are happy with the manufacturer, shape, the texture, and the profile, and all the aspects of your implant choice, please try not to worry about it too much as it might not be as important as you think.