Breast implants come in a variety of types, shapes, and sizes to look natural with every woman's body shape. The type of implant used for your breast enlargement procedure will depend on your aesthetic goals and the recommendations made by Dr. Barone after your initial consultation to discuss breast implants at our San Antonio center. The two most commonly used breast implants, both approved by the Food and Drug Administration, are saline breast implants and silicone breast implants.
IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants
Dr. Barone proudly offers IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast implants at her practice, an advanced implant option that combines the desirable qualities of both traditional saline and silicone gel. IDEAL IMPLANT® is a multi-layered and structured implant that contains saline, but has been designed to feel natural, mimicking the feel of silicone gel implants. This quality is made possible by the internal structure of the implant that consists of nested shells and two separate chambers filled with saline solution. This design creates a cushioned feel comparable to a silicone gel and lowers the risk of implant failure by reducing wrinkling and folding, the main causes of implant rupture and deflation.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are made of a silicone outer shell that is filled with a saltwater solution. Saline implants are soft and durable and are available in round and teardrop shapes to conform to the patient's natural body contour. Most saline implants are filled after implant placement, allowing for a smaller incision to insert them. Saline implants are also the only type of breast implant that can be inserted using the TUBA procedure, as well as are used in cases of adjustable breast implants. In cases of implant rupture, saline is easily absorbed by the body and implant deflation is noticeable almost immediately. Saline implants have a soft, natural feel, but do run the risk of having visible wrinkles.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants are also composed of a silicone outer shell; however, these types of implants are filled with a silicone gel that can often look and feel more natural than saline implants. The appearance of rippling is also less common in silicone than in saline breast implants. Silicone implants often yield better breast enlargement results in women who are very thin or those who are receiving breast reconstruction surgery.While the chances of a silicone implant rupturing are smaller than with saline implants, it is more difficult to figure out when one has ruptured.
The FDA has approved saline breast implants for women ages 18 and over, and silicone implants for women 22 and older. For more information about the types of breast implants available from our surgeon serving San Antonio, please contact Dr. Constance Barone today.
Implant Incision and Placement
Breast implants can be inserted a variety of ways, including through the belly button, nipple, under the breast and through the armpit. Each of these procedures has advantages and disadvantages relating to scarring, healing time, and which type of implant can be used.
Breast implants can be placed above or below a woman's breast muscle. Subglandular (above the muscle) and submuscular (below the muscle) implants have different benefits and disadvantages and simple differences that make each appropriate for the patient's desired shape. It is also important that women discuss how they will have mammograms in the future with their breast implants, as some types and placements will have to be screened differently.
Contact Our Breast Enlargement Surgeon
Dr. Constance Barone knows that breast augmentation is a highly personal decision, and wants to help you meet your goals. She also advises that, whether you plan to have breast implants or not, all women should give themselves a monthly breast self-exam and schedule regular breast screenings to ensure their health. To schedule a private consultation about breast implants, please call or email our practice today.
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