Types of Breast Implants
The type of breast implants that a patient chooses will have a bearing on the final outcome of the breast augmentation cosmetic surgery procedure. Therefore, due care and diligence must be exercised while making a choice about the type, size, and shape of implants. Such decisions should be made in close consultation with the surgeon.
During the surgical planning process, the surgeon will devote adequate time to explain all about implant types to the patient and help her make the right choices. Dr. Brian J. Parker is a dedicated plastic surgeon providing breast implant surgery to patients in Las Vegas and surrounding locations.
Saline vs. Silicone Implants
Saline-filled and silicone gel-filled implants are the two primary types of breast implants that have been approved by the FDA.
The core of saline implants is filled with a sterile saline solution. The advantage with these implants is that the saline solution can be filled to the desired level after the implant has been surgically inserted in the breast. Secondly, these implants are more biocompatible because the saline solution get naturally absorbed in the body in case of implant damage or leakage.
Women above the age of 18 are eligible to receive saline implants for breast augmentation cosmetic surgery, according to the FDA regulations. One of the limitations with saline implants is that a lot of women find them to be harder and firmer in comparison to silicone implants.
Silicone gel-filled implants were approved later than the saline implants by the FDA. But ever since their approval for women above the age of 21, the popularity of silicone implants has surpassed that of saline implants. The key advantage is that the silicone gel material provides a more natural touch and feel. The silicone gel core mimics the effect of the natural breast tissue.
Over the years, the notion that silicone implants may pose more risk to the patient than saline implants has been dispelled. The safety and efficacy of these implants has been adequately demonstrated with thousands of satisfied patients using these implants for years. Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Parker receives patients from Las Vegas and nearby areas for breast augmentation.
Ultra Cohesive Silicone Implants
Ultra cohesive silicone implants, also known as form stable implants or gummy bear implants, are one of the latest qualities in implants approved by the FDA. The silicone gel core in these implants has a very high viscosity. As a result, the implant can maintain its form and shape even under pressure, and give very natural breast tissue effect.
The gel in these implants is so cohesive that it will not leak out even when implant shell is broken or cut into two halves. Therefore, these implants have quickly risen in popularity in the US.
Size and Shape
Sizes of breast implants are available in the range of 120 cc to 960 cc. The shape of the implants may be round and anatomical or tear-shaped. Implant surface can be plain or textured. The size, shape, texture, and profile should be chosen appropriately in consultation with the breast surgeon.