Introduction to Breast Implants

I’ve had to swallow a little bit of pride to write this article, because my husband always gives me a hard time for not reading the introduction or prologue when I start a new book.

I mean, if the “Introduction” was really important, it would just be called “Chapter 1” right?

Any way, there are countless details and nuances to breast implants that I could dive right into, but I think it’s important to do a very quick 30,000-foot fly over of them.

Breast Augmentation Facts

In the last 4 years, over a million women have had a breast augmentation in the United States?

So right off the bat, I want you to know that you aren’t weird, broken, insecure, crazy or extreme for considering it.

In fact, it requires courage and bravery to consider anything new... so I couldn't be more proud of you for making it to this site.

Breast Implant Decisions

A big portion of the questions I get are centered around choosing a size, implant type, and overall safety—so let's take a quick look at those.

Breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (CC’s), and range from 125cc’s all the way up to 960cc’s (can vary among different brands and styles). A good rule of thumb is that every 150cc–200cc’s will gain you one cup size—so a 400cc implant would take an A-cup to a C-cup.

Next, you would choose for them to be filled with either saline (salt water), silicone gel or silicone cohesive gel. Fat transplanting has also begun to pick up steam over the last couple of years.

Breast Implant Safety

As for the safety of breast implants, I certainly have my opinions about how women can make the best choice for themselves. However, for this article, I feel like the best piece of safety information to share with you is the following statement from the FDA...

“Based on the totality of the evidence, the FDA believes that saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants have a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness when used as labeled.”

As you can imagine, the world of breast implants is vast and we've only scratched the surface here... But if there is one thing I can promise, it's that this is an adventure worth exploring and I’m excited to go on it with you!

Thoughts from Dr. Ben Wood

Implants come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and types. They are perhaps among the most studied medical devices in history, and the FDA has made certain that they are very safe.

Implant technology continues to get better, and we're fortunate now to have a choice among many different options so that we can find the implant that will work best for you.