The Difference Between Breast Implants and Breast Augmentation

Those who want to improve their breast appearance may have heard the terms “breast implant” and “breast augmentation.” You may wonder what are these terms and what are the benefits? This article will explore each procedure’s differences and pros and cons.

Exploring Breast Implants

Breast implants have gained significant attention as a way to improve appearance. With vast information available, understanding what they are and how they work can be daunting. Breast implants are medical devices surgically inserted into the breast tissue to enhance the size and volume of the breasts. Some call them the ‘hardware’ of breast enhancement. They can increase your breast size, replace volume lost during pregnancy or weight loss, and make the breasts more proportional to your body. Breast implants are available in various materials, such as silicone gel or saline solution. Silicone implants replicate the feel of natural breast tissue, while saline implants offer a uniform shape and firmness. Benefits of breast implants include convenience, added volume, curves, symmetrical breasts, a range of sizes, and predictable results. Disadvantages include scarring, potential rupture or leaks, and complications.

Understanding Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation surgery is widely used to enhance breast size, symmetry, and overall appearance. The process involves various techniques, including fat transfer or breast implants. Through fat transfer, the doctor uses liposuction to extract fat from other body parts and inject it into the breasts.
Dr. Landsman can harvest fat from any location, including arms, thighs, knees, and buttocks. Breast augmentation offers a more natural option and utilizes the patient’s tissue.

So, what are the Differences?

Breast implants and breast augmentation are terms often used interchangeably. The main distinction between breast implants and breast augmentation is their objectives. Breast implants aim to permanently enhance breast shape, volume, and size, while breast augmentation encompasses a broader range of techniques, some of which may not be surgical or long-lasting. Breast augmentation is the overall procedure, while implants are one of the methods employed. To deliver results, they both rely on each other. Breast augmentation enhances the size of breasts, while breast implants provide volume via surgical implantation.

Pros and Cons

Both procedures have pros and cons. Breast augmentation avoids using foreign materials and provides a softer, more natural appearance. It also allows liposuction in trouble spots for additional body contouring. However, it may have the risk of over-injection, unpredictable results, and multiple surgeries. Results may be less predictable, and the body may reabsorb some transferred fat.

Breast implants, on the other hand, provide more control over size and shape but involve artificial devices. Implants offer a more comprehensive range of size and shape options. Overall, breast implants can have more predictable results.

Schedule a Consultation

While breast implants and breast augmentation both aim to enhance the breast’s appearance, their goals and techniques differ significantly. If you want more information on implants and augmentation? Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Landsman today in Smithtown, NY.