Breast Implants

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Breast Implants, Greenberg, New York City

Choosing Material, Shape, Size, and More

During your breast implant consultation, Long Island plastic surgeon Stephen Greenberg can help you determine which kind of breast implant will give you the bust line you desire. At our practices we operate with Vectra XT the complete 3D imaging solution for body, breast and face. This visual simulator is used to provide our patients with a visual image of themselves to explore the exciting possibilities of the aesthetic procedure, and help achieve their personal goals.

No two women desire the same results from breast augmentation. That’s why breast implants are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, textures, filling materials, and consistencies. Every variation of breast implant can have a tremendous effect on how your enhanced bust line will feel and appear. If you are considering breast augmentation, the chances are good that you have already conducted extensive research about your breast implant options, and that you have some idea of which one will best meet your goals. However, a face-to-face consultation with Dr. Greenberg is a crucial part of your journey to aesthetic enhancement, and will help you make a supremely informed decision about which breast implants will give you the greatest satisfaction. If you are considering breast augmentation, contact our practice to schedule a breast implant consultation with Dr. Greenberg.


During your breast implant consultation, you and Dr. Greenberg will discuss several aspects of the enhanced bust line you envision, including:


Breast implants are available in a range of sizes from 125cc to 1200cc. Which breast implant size is most appropriate in your case will depend on your current breast size, and the breast size you wish to achieve. Dr. Greenberg can also make recommendations based on your frame so that you can achieve bust enlargement, in addition to comfort and a natural appearance.


Breast implants are typically either round or teardrop shaped. Teardrop-shaped implants are intended to create a very natural appearance. Many women find that round implants also achieve a natural appearance, while others feel that the results achieved with teardrop-shaped implants are more effective in achieving the enhancement they desire. On the other hand, it is important to consider that breast implants shift within the breast; if a teardrop-shaped implant experiences too great of a shift, it can cause the breast to adopt an undesirable shape.


Saline and silicone are the two primary choices for breast implant materials. Traditionally, the silicone in a breast implant has a thick liquid consistency. In February 2013, the FDA approved “gummy bear implants,” silicone implants with a much more solid consistency throughout, much like their namesake candy. While most agree that traditional silicone implants provide the most natural feel, they are also the most difficult to remove in the instance of a rupture. Saline, on the other hand, is harmlessly absorbed into the body if a rupture occurs. Gummy bear implants have the very lowest risk of rupture, but some women believe that their marked firmness does not provide a natural feel.

Breast Implant Sizes

Breast Implants, Greenberg, New York City

There are many options to consider if you are considering a breast augmentation procedure. Finding the right doctor, deciding on a type of implant, and choosing an implant size are just a few of the important factors you will need to research before scheduling your surgery. The team at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery can help you to understand the differences between types of implants and breast implant sizes at any of our Southampton, Smithtown, Woodbury, Scarsdale, New York City, Princeton and Boca Raton offices. To learn more about the procedure and available sizes of breast implants, please contact our office to make an appointment with Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg.

Implant Volume

Breast implants are measured by volume, typically in cubic centimeters. Implants of the same volume come in different shapes, widths, and textures, so the only way to determine which combination of options will be right for you is to speak with a qualified cosmetic surgeon.

Implant Width

It is important to choose an implant that will give you the bust line that you desire, but also one that the dimensions of your chest will be able to support. Gummy bear implants are a great option for many women; however, some women may prefer a rounder appearance. When Dr. Greenberg records the measurements of your chest, he will create an established guideline for implant width that will be optimal for your body type, as well as cosmetic goals.

Implant Projection

The projection of the implants refers to the forward profile from the chest, or the distance, in relation to the base of the implant. A higher projection implant will create a more prominent silhouette than a lower one. Implants of the same width come in differing projections and volumes.

Additional Implant Options

In addition to volume, width, and projection, breast implants also come in different shapes and textures. Some women prefer round implants while others prefer teardrop-shaped because they feel they more closely resemble the appearance of a natural breast. Implants can have a smooth or textured surface. Smooth implants are used most frequently since they are softer and do not ripple as easily. A textured material is used to keep teardrop-shaped implants vertically aligned. This prevents them from rotating and distorting the appearance of the breast.

Choosing the Right Size Implant

Choosing the right breast implant size is not as simple as deciding what cup size you would like to be. Implant sizing is measured by volume, not cup size, and there are many different factors to consider when choosing the appropriate one to meet your aesthetic goals.

When you come in for your initial consultation with Dr. Greenberg, he will take a series of measurements to analyze the dimensions of your chest, amount of natural breast tissue, and your skin laxity. These numbers will determine the volume, width, and projection of implants you will be able to support. Simply put, an implant’s width cannot exceed the width of the breast, and the projection or profile of the implant cannot exceed the skin’s ability to stretch. At our practices we operate with Vectra XT the complete 3D imaging solution for body, breast and face. This visual simulator is used to provide our patients with a visual image of themselves to explore the exciting possibilities of the aesthetic procedure, and help achieve their personal goals.

Implant Shapes

If you are considering breast augmentation, it is very important to choose the correct breast implant shape. Plastic surgeon Stephen Greenberg can provide expert advice based upon your personal goals and desires. Dr. Greenberg has helped women from around the world achieve the ample, shapely bust lines they have always wanted. There are many variables involved in breast implants, and shape is one of the most crucial. Dr. Greenberg can recommend the appropriate shape to achieve the youthful, robust contour you envision, based upon your desires, the current shape and size of your breasts, and other factors. Today, the Internet is rich with information and opinions on breast implant shapes, but a face-to-face consultation with a leading plastic surgeon is the absolute best way to make the right choice. Contact our practice today to learn which breast implant shape will best suit you.

Teardrop-shaped Implants

When viewing the profile of the breast, you will notice that it has a teardrop-like shape. Gravity pulls most of the breast mass downward, and it becomes slimmer toward the collar bone. Teardrop-shaped implants are designed to follow this natural contour, while achieving the desired enlargement. Many women feel that these implants achieve a more natural-looking enhancement than round implants. However, teardrop-shaped breast implants do present a unique risk of shifting out of place, distorting the enhanced shape of the breasts. Teardrop-shaped implants are typically textured on the outside to prevent any shifting from taking place. Teardrop-shaped implants are available in saline or silicone. Gummy bear implants are only available in a teardrop shape. Teardrop-shaped implants typically cost more than round implants; gummy bear implants tend to cost more than their saline and silicone counterparts.

Round Implants

The shape of round implants helps women to maintain the bust shape originally achieved through their surgery. With no discernible top, bottom, front, or back, round breast implants can shift into any position without altering the breast shape. Some women believe that round implants fail to achieve a natural-looking breast shape, while others are quite pleased with the results. In fact, round implants will adopt a contour akin to that of a teardrop-shaped implant because of the effects of gravity. But again, if shifting occurs, the implant will adjust, and the shape of the breast will not be affected. Round implants typically cost less than teardrop-shaped implants.

Implant Placement

Breast Implants, Greenberg, New York City

Regardless of whether you choose subglandular implant placement (placement of the implant above the pectoral muscle) or submuscular placement (partial placement of the implant below the pectoral muscle), the shape of the implant you choose will make a difference in the enhanced shape of your breasts. We invite you to learn more about breast implant placement.

Our practice provides both subglandular placement (placement of the implant below the breast tissue) and submuscular placement (placement of the implant below the pectoral muscle). Both methods have exclusive advantages, and Dr. Greenberg will take careful note of your goals and concerns to determine whether submuscular or subglandular implant placement  will help you achieve the bust line you desire.

Subglandular Implant Placement

Subglandular implants are placed above the pectoral muscle, but below the breast tissue. Many women choose this option because it creates a more dramatic enhancement, giving the breasts a size and contour that provide ample cleavage. Women whose breasts are naturally far apart often choose subglandular placement as a way to bring the breasts closer together when wearing low-cut clothing. Subglandular placement is also a popular choice among athletic or active women, because it won’t affect their muscles. Submuscular implants can shift and look unnatural when the pectoral muscles are flexed.

On the other hand, subglandular implants are more likely to eventually develop capsular contracture, a condition in which the scar tissue that naturally develops around the implant becomes excessively tight. This can eventually cause the implant to take on a distorted and unnatural shape, or to rupture.

Submuscular Implant Placement

A submuscular implant is placed below the pectoral muscle. Submuscular placement is frequently chosen when a women wishes to achieve a more subtle enhancement. This choice is particularly effective for women who have naturally small breasts, or who have especially thin or small frames. Submuscular placement is also more effective at concealing any rippling that may occur in the implant.

The recovery time involved in placing a submuscular implant was once considered a disadvantage, but new techniques employed at our practice have made this a much less relevant factor. Through traditional means, submuscular breast implant placement involved a longer, more painful recovery time than an augmentation based on subglandular placement. Dr. Greenberg now offers breast augmentation surgery that involves a 24-hour recovery period following either placement option. This is made possible using the “mini-incision” approach to create the “pocket,” or area within the breast that will hold the breast implant. This approach sets the stage for much faster recovery than is usually required with a traditional approach.

If you are considering breast augmentation, the surest way to determine which method of breast implant placement is best suited to your needs and goals is to schedule an in-depth consultation with a reputable, credentialed cosmetic surgeon.

Implants Cost

Today, women have many options available to them when considering breast implants, and each of them affects the final results, as well as the cost, of the procedure. If you are considering breast augmentation, you are probably wondering: what do breast implants costContact our Long Island office to schedule a consultation with Stephen T. Greenberg, M.D., F.A.C.S. We can help you understand what you might expect to pay for a procedure that will give you the bust line you envision. We can also discuss convenient financing options.

Breast augmentation surgery can make a tremendous difference in your appearance and your self-confidence. Women choose to have breast implants for many reasons:

  • To achieve a more feminine, voluptuous shape
  • To achieve a more “balanced” figure
  • To feel more confident naked
  • To be able to fit better into tops and dresses
  • To feel more comfortable in sexy lingerie
  • To create symmetry between disproportionately sized breasts
  • To restore volume lost after pregnancy and breastfeeding

For these and other reasons, our breast augmentation patients have reported a better quality of life and increased self-confidence. Stephen T. Greenberg, M.D., F.A.C.S can perform breast implant surgery that is safe and as minimally invasive as possible so patients enjoy faster recovery time. We even offer 24-hour rapid recovery mini-incision surgery.

You Are Worth it

When considering the cost of breast augmentation, remember: compromising your goals to save money is never a sound decision. By choosing the implants and other variables that will give you the results you truly want, you can save yourself the cost and hassle of revisional surgeries in the future, and achieve much greater long-term satisfaction.

Affordable Options

In addition to accepting all major forms of payment, we are also happy to provide CareCredit℠. This credit line is easy to apply for, and was created to assist patients in affording treatments they want and need. To learn more about financing for breast implants and to further explore your options, contact us today. Our friendly team will schedule your consultation with Dr. Greenberg so you can begin your journey to greater self-confidence and an enhanced figure.

Schedule a Consultation

If you would like to enlarge your breasts and enhance their shape, Dr. Greenberg can help you decide which shape of breast implant will achieve the results you desire. To schedule a consultation to discuss breast implant shape and other variables, contact our offices serving Southampton, Smithtown, Woodbury, Scarsdale, New York City, Princeton, and Boca Raton.