Breast Implants

San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. Albert Chow offers his breast augmentation patients a full array of today's best options in breast implants. While choosing breast implants may seem overwhelming, Dr. Chow and his staff make the process educational and quite fun. Dr. Chow will explain in detail the different types of breast implants, from saline-filled to "gummy bears", so you can feel confident in your selection and look forward to your enhanced bustline.

Dr. Chow is eager to answer your questions and help you choose the most flattering breast implants for your body type and desired aesthetic. To get started, request a consultation using his online form or call (415) 441-1888 to schedule an appointment.

Saline and Silicone Implants

When you have your breast augmentation with Dr. Chow, you have the choice of silicone and saline breast implants. The decision to use saline or silicone breast implants is based on your aesthetic goals, body shape, and personal preferences. Both types are safe and each has its own advantages.

  • Silicone Implants: Recommended for women with minimal natural breast tissue, silicone implants look and feel more natural than those filled with saline. Silicone implants are less likely to ripple or to be visible through the skin. They are available in multiple shapes and profiles, and are filled prior to surgery. Options include Allergan Natrelle® and Mentor MemoryGel® implants, filled with cohesive silicone gel, and Sientra® Silimed-brand and Mentor MemoryShape® highly cohesive silicone gel implants, sometimes called gummy bear implants.
  • Saline Implants: Saline implants are filled after they are placed in the breast pocket, which allows Dr. Chow to use smaller incisions than for silicone implants, which minimizes visible scarring. Patients can choose standard saline implants that are filled to a fixed volume or adjustable implants that may be fine-tuned post-operatively by adding or letting out saline.

Sizes and Shapes

During your consultation, Dr. Chow will explain how the size and shape of an implant can affect the look of your bustline.

  • Implant size is one of the first decisions most breast augmentation patients think about. We will help you arrive at the size that is best suited to providing the results you desire by allowing you to try on implant sizers. You can place various sizes of these soft, silicone forms in your bra to see your possible results. Many women say this is their favorite part of the consult.
  • Implant shapes can be round or teardrop. Round breast implants offer a very full lift and move more naturally within the breast pocket. This implant shape is recommended for thinner women who are looking for the ultimate lift. In contrast, the teardrop breast implant has a slightly sloping contour and is more naturally shaped.

Smooth and Textured

Depending on your preference, implants can either be smooth or textured. Smooth implants have a thin shell, which makes them softer and more able to move around in the breast pocket. They generally last longer and have less rippling than textured implants. Designed to keep breasts properly aligned, especially with teardrop implants, textured breast implants are firmer and have a rough outer surface. With advanced knowledge of the latest breast implants, Dr. Chow can help you select the best texture based on your needs.

Benefits and Risks

Breast implant procedures can dramatically improve your appearance and enhance your self-image. Although complications are uncommon, you should follow Dr. Chow's recommended precautions before undergoing a breast implant procedure, and adhere to all post-surgical recovery guidelines to reduce the risk of complications. Committed to providing superior treatment and care, Dr. Chow will monitor you throughout your recovery.