What You Need To Know About Your Breast Implant Options
By Constance M. Barone, M.D. on January 07, 2019
Every woman is unique, both in body shape and in desired results. Choosing the right breast implant for you starts with researching the benefits and compromises of each type. At Barone Plastic Surgery, we offer all the breast implant options currently available so you can choose the perfect one for you. This includes the newest breast implant technology, the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. Start your research by reading our quick primer below, then visit our office to see and feel each type for yourself.
Types Of Breast Implants: The Basics
There are three basic categories of breast implants: saline, silicone gel, and structured. Each of these types has benefits and compromises you should know about. Every breast implant listed below has a solid silicone shell to contain the filling.
Saline Breast Implants: These breast implants are filled with saline, also known as sterile saltwater. Women love the peace of mind that comes with a saline filled implant because saline is naturally absorbed by the body if the implant ruptures. However, as Dr. Barone explains, they don’t always feel natural. “One of the things I hated and most women hated about the saline was the unnatural feel of the saline implants. They felt like balloons underneath the chest wall.”
Silicone Gel Breast Implants: Silicone gel feels similar to breast tissue, giving these implants a more natural look and feel. The sticky silicone gel stabilizes the implant, but also makes ruptures harder to detect. Because of this, the FDA recommends women with silicone gel breast implants get an MRI every few years, and remove the implant with any leaked silicone gel if a rupture occurs.
Structured Breast Implants: The newest breast implant technology is the structured breast implant, created by IDEAL IMPLANT. It is called a structured breast implant because the silicone shell consists of two chambers and baffled shells. This structure controls the flow of saline inside giving women a natural feel. With only saline inside, women also have peace of mind if the implant ruptures. Dr. Barone tells us she is happy to provide her patients with an option that offers beautiful results with peace of mind.
More Breast Implant Options
Within the basic categories of saline, silicone gel, and structured there are several more options you can choose.
Breast Implant Shape: If you choose a silicone gel breast implant, you can pick a round or teardrop shaped implant. Some women like the profile of a teardrop shaped breast implant, but it usually requires a longer incision to place. Teardrop shaped implants may also rotate and require a surgery to fix.
Breast Implant Profile: Breast implants can have a high or moderate profile. A high profile implant will provide more fullness and projection. Moderate profile implants are more subtle. IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants are typically high profile, but because they are filled after placement your surgeon can adjust the fill level slightly. This also allows your surgeon to address asymmetry.
Breast Implant Texture: Textured implants have a rough texture on the silicone shell in order to keep the implant from moving or rippling. However, recent research suggests long term complications may arise from textured breast implants and many plastic surgeons have stopped offering them. The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant is a smooth breast implant.
How To Pick The Best Type Of Breast Implant For You
At Barone Plastic Surgery, you will find every breast implant type so that you can choose the perfect one for you. Dr. Barone is dedicated to providing these options and educating her patients with the latest medical research to help them make a decision. She explains, “I show patients every type of implant available. I show them saline. I show them silicone gel. And I show them the IDEAL IMPLANT. They get to feel and see each of their options.” Dr. Barone will never keep you in the dark about your choices either. Again, she says, “I feel very strongly that you have to expose patients to all the different types of implants and give them the positives and the negatives about all the implants and what the requirements are to maintain those implants.”
Make An Appointment Today With Dr. Barone
There has never been a better time to schedule a breast augmentation. Dr. Barone offers all the breast implant options so you can find one to give you beautiful results and peace of mind. She is one of the exclusive surgeons in San Antonio to offer the newest breast implant option, the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant. Dr. Barone is dedicated to giving her patients the results they want, and making sure they are educated about the process. She is always willing to answer your questions and concerns about types of breast implants, or any other cosmetic procedure. To make your appointment for a complimentary consultation, call her office today at 210-228-6698.
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