Learning More About The Types Of Breast Augmentation Surgeries

At first look, breast augmentation surgeries may seem relatively similar, but there are subtle differences that arise from how each procedure is performed. The choice of implant type also has an impact on movement and feel. Learning about the different types of surgeries available will help you make a better-informed choice.

Implant Types 

There are three core types of implants, including ones make from saline, silicone gel, or highly-cohesive silicone gel. Saline and silicone gel options tend to be rounder and are sometimes considered to have a less natural shape. Highly-cohesive silicone gel implants sometimes referred to as "gummy bear" implants, can be given more natural shapes. Both silicone types have a better reputation for not creating rippled textures than saline ones do.

Surface types, generally referenced as smooth or textured, make a difference in the feel and movement of an implant. Smooth ones generally last longer and have lower rupture rates. Textured implants tend to move around less and feel firmer.

Some surgeons also offer a fat-transfer process. This calls for taking fat from other parts of the body and using them for breast augmentation, but the procedure is less than ideal for patients will low body fat levels. For less radical breast augmentations, some doctors are beginning to utilize injectable fillers that have been more commonly used to produce bigger lips.


Where the doctor makes the incision during a surgery is critical to how it will look after it has healed. The three most common methods are called inframammary, areolar, and transaxillary. An inframammary incision goes in the crease of the breast, and it is considered the least likely method to produce visible scarring. The areolar one goes along the edge of the areola. A transaxillary goes in under the armpit.


Most breast implant models range from 150cc to 800cc, although larger and smaller options are available. Be aware that each breast may call for a different size of an implant. In addition to personal goals for appearance, other issues like symmetry and proportions relative to the hips should be taken into account when selecting a size of a breast implant.


Average breast augmentation procedures cost between $5,000 and $10,000, although the price tag may be higher depending on complexities. Patients should be aware of concerns about localized pain, inflammation, bleeding, and infections following surgeries. Medications will be prescribed to address these issues. 

For more information, contact your local surgery center.