If you have ever considered breast augmentation, I’m sure you aware there are different types of breast implants available on the market. There are silicone and saline, textured and smooth, thick shelled and thin shelled. Trying to make heads and tails of all of this can be quite confusing. The best breast implant is one that is suited to your needs and lifestyle. During your consultation, we will discuss the type and size of the implant that best fits your needs, lifestyle, and desired outcome.
Saline vs. Silicone
There are two basic kinds of implants. Saline implants have a silicone shell but are filled with a saline solution at the time of surgery. Silicone implants are pre-filled with silicone gel – a fluid that is very similar to the consistency of human fat.
Smooth vs. Textured
When it comes to the surface of the implant, there are different variations in texture. I use both smooth and textured implants depending on the situation. I generally opt for textured implants when I am trying to keep an implant in position. I occasionally use textured implants with breast lifts to help support the breast.
Although some doctors use implants of varying shell thickness, all of the implants I use are of a consistent thickness.
Although some surgeons will adjust the size of a saline implant up to six months following surgery, this is not something I am comfortable doing. I feel there is an increased risk of leakage with the adjustable implant. I also feel they are not necessary because patients are usually happy with the size selected.
How long do implants generally last?
They are warranted for 10 years but can last much longer than that.
Should women with breast implants have routine MRI’s to check for leaks?
The FDA recommends that women with silicone implants have MRIs every to years to check for leaks. It is not necessary for saline.
I will reiterate, if you are seriously considering breast augmentation, it is best to schedule a consultation so we can formulate a plan to best suit your needs and expectations.