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Silicone Or Saline...Which Is The Right Type Of Breast Augmentation For Your Teen?

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If your teenager is unhappy with a smaller bust or the uneven appearance of her breasts, she may have been subtly hinting for a while that her upcoming birthday, holiday, or graduation gift should be a breast augmentation. If you want her to feel good about her appearance and you believe that she is making this big decision for the right reasons, it's a good idea for both of you to become familiar with the different types of implants and what to expect after the procedure. Therefore, following information will be quite useful to you and your daughter so that you can both be happy with the results of her procedure.

Should Your Daughter Get Saline Implants?

It is important to note that in order for your daughter to receive a saline implant, she must be at least 18 years of age. That is because her breasts can continue to grow up to that point, making the procedure ineffective, unnecessary, or physically unattractive. Saline implants are usually a more affordable option and if a rupture ever occurs, she will know immediately and be able to take the necessary steps to address the issue. It is an easier surgery to recover from than the silicone procedure since it uses a small incision to place the empty shell into the breasts placed trough a small incision. At that time, the empty shell is filled with the predetermined amount of silicone.  

Assuming she is of age or that she is willing to wait till that time for her procedure, her saline implants will provide the fullness she wants. Her future cup size will correlate to how full the implant is, so it's also helpful to consider her body type and size when choosing an appropriate implant. With a saline implant, as with any type of implant, it is crucial for her to be sure of the cup size she ultimately wants to be, as downsizing later poses unnecessary risks, including the increased possibility of scarring.  

Are Silicone Implants A Better Choice For Your Teen?

Unfortunately, silicone implants are more expensive than their saline counterparts and actually placing them into the breasts is more invasive than you might hope due to the pre-filled status of the implant. However, that inconvenience can often be offset by the fact that silicone implants are frequently thought to provide a more natural texture and appearance than a saline option. 

In addition, while the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has recommended that women be at least 22 years old before getting a silicone implant, that recommendation is not the law. Therefore, if it can be established that your daughter is no longer growing and is mature enough to understand the long-term nature of her implants, you might be able to find a cosmetic surgeon to provide her with the improved appearance she wants.         

In conclusion, many teenagers are unhappy with a smaller or asymmetrical bust size and breast augmentation is an obvious way to make her feel better about her appearance. However, there is more than one type of breast augmentation and given the permanent nature of the procedure, both you and she will benefit from having the information shared above. For more information on choosing breast implants, contact a company like Renaissance Center For Facial & Body Sculpting.