The debate between saline and silicone breast implants is one that never fails to fire up serious proponents of each. The truth is that there is no easy answer, since implant preference varies for each individual for a number of reasons. Among factors to consider are the desired appearance and texture, the amount of pre-existing breast tissue and concerns over cleavage. Is there one option that’s better?
When creating cleavage is a priority in a breast augmentation, many speculate that the more cohesive texture of silicone gel implants allows for your augmented breasts be pushed up in much the same way that natural breast tissue can. On the other hand, patients with saline implants often swear by their cleavage-enhancing abilities and are thrilled with their curvaceous new look.
Implant placement can also contribute to cleavage, with many surgeons voicing the opinion that subglandular placement creates better cleavage than the more commonly performed submuscular placement.
Implant profile is also an important factor. Profile is a measurement of base width versus forward projection of the implant. A low or moderate profile implant has a wider base and less projection, while a high profile implant projects more prominently and a moderate plus implant is between the two. In general, a high profile implant may create more noticeable cleavage than a low profile.
Breast Placement Matters
In the end, creating cleavage is less about the implant type and more about your natural anatomy. Women with a smaller frame whose breasts are closer together are often able to achieve greater cleavage than women with wider chests. For women who are happy with their new cup size after augmentation but wish for more pronounced cleavage, don’t forget about the benefits that a simple push-up bra can offer.