What Women Say They Want in Their Breast Implants

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What Do Women Want in Their Breast Implants?

Call it a wild guess but when you think plastic surgery, breast implants come to mind. After all, it’s a popular topic. Interest in breast augmentation on RealSelf went up 57% in the past year while breast implants have more than 3,600 reviews. Recently, we surveyed those thousands to ask what women who’ve either had a breast augmentation or are researching one think about implants. Here’s what they had to say.

Safety’s the Most Important Feature

Despite a stereotype that women who get implants don’t think of much except how they’ll fill out a new bikini, they’ve actually got a lot on their minds. They’re particularly worried about safety. It’s the most important characteristic for any breast implant, they say. Women also want implants that don’t sag (80% rated that characteristic “very important”) and to have a natural look (75%).

When it comes to safety, women are most concerned their implants will rupture; 47% said they’re “very concerned” about that outcome even though it’s a rare one. According to RealSelf doctors, rupture occurs with 1 to 2% of implants every year.

The second most common concern was capsular contracture, a complication where the body builds a fiber capsule around the implant and squeezes it out of shape. This one’s also uncommon; with modern implants, it happens about 3% of the time, say RealSelf doctors.

Breast Implants and Safety: What Women Worry About Most

Silicone’s on the Rise

For years, women in the United States only had one option for what filled their implants: saline. The other option, silicone, was banned by the FDA for 14 years following public health concerns about safety. Despite this bad reputation, however, silicone has made a major comeback in the nine years since the FDA lifted its ban.

We asked women what they’re researching these days: silicone or saline. Their answer? A vote for silicone. Of those who’ve decided which implant interests them most, 82% picked silicone, an option many doctors say makes for a more natural-looking result.

Silicone Breast Implants: 82% of Women Said That's What They Want

Look Trumps Feel for Final Results

“They feel so real!” How often have you seen that clichéd scenario play out when a woman, often fictional, discusses her new breasts? Turns out, however, that women focus more on how implants look; four times as many women picked look over feel when rating which quality was more important for their final results.

What's Most Important For Your Breast Augmentation?

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Elisabeth Kramer is former managing editor of RealSelf Trends.

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