There are as many reasons to get breast implants as there are women who want them. Some smaller breasted women are unable to wear certain fashions, or styles of clothing. Breast augmentation allows these women to wear clothing that fits, and looks better. Some women have noticeably asymmetric breasts, and implants to help give them a more balanced look as well as helping them to more comfortably wear a bra. Implants are also invaluable in helping women who have had a mastectomy, in particular survivors of breast cancer, to feel normal and maintain a positive self-image.
There are two primary types of implants; silicone-based and saline-based. Both have their own unique pros and cons. Saline implants result in significantly less scarring because they are filled after insertion. This means they require a much smaller incision. They are, however, more prone to rippling and don’t feel or look as natural. While silicone implants are less prone to ripple or deform, and look and feel more natural than saline, they require a much larger incision which means a much larger scar.
The implants are placed either underneath the breast tissue or, if there isn’t enough breast tissue, underneath the chest muscles. In some cases implants are also used as part of a breast lifting procedure, in particular for women who have lost significant breast mass after breast-feeding or losing a great deal of weight. The entire implanting procedure generally takes between one and two hours, and involves the use of general anesthetic.