Factors of Breast Augmentation

Posted on February 14, 2017 by: Dr. Rocheford

Although breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S., some patients are still unclear about breast implants. There are many different factors to consider when choosing an implant, including type, size, and incision. Read on to learn more about these factors, and how to make the right decision for you.

Implant Size

One of the most important decisions you will make during the breast augmentation process is choosing the size of your implant. The size of your implant is often determined by your individual anatomy, how natural you want results to look, and your desired final result.

During your consultation with Dr. Rocheford, it is important to discuss your desired outcome. A great way to see which breast implant size is best for you is to try different implant sizers in-office. Also, asking to see before and after photos of patients with a similar body frame as yourself can be helpful.

Implant Type

Patients will be able to choose which type of implant they would like to use. There are two types of breast implants used today: saline and silicone. Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution, and are filled after placement. Silicone implants are made with silicone gel, which closely mimics the feel of natural breast tissue. Silicone implants are filled during manufacturing and then sterilized.  During surgery, a slightly larger incision will be required to accommodate the silicone implant.

If a saline implant were to rupture, it would be very noticeable, and the body would simply absorb the saline solution. If a silicone implant were to rupture, it is not as noticeable, and the body cannot absorb the silicone solution. In either case, be sure to contact your surgeon ASAP.


There are also different incisions that can be used to place breast implants. Dr. Rocheford uses the primarily the inframammary incision since it has the lowest complication rate.  The inframammary incision is made in the lower breast fold, and is 3 centimeters in length for a saline implant and 4-5 centimeters in length for a silicone implant.

If you are located in the Minneaplis-St. Paul area and are interested in a breast augmentation, contact us today at 651-739-1100 to schedule a consultation.