Breast Augmentation Basics

breast implants MichiganBreast augmentation is an outpatient plastic surgery procedure to increase the size of your breasts. Performed on healthy adult women, studies show that this procedure increases self-esteem—and even sexual satisfaction—among women who have it. Breast implant options have steadily increased over the past 20 years, with the availability of multiple sizes, profiles, shapes, textures and materials. Although it’s great to have all these options, it can be intimidating. Fortunately, my Michigan breast augmentation patients have my team and me to guide them! In the meantime, here are some tips:

Soooo Much to Choose From

First, did you know that all breast implants have a silicone outer shell? It’s true. It’s the filling that separates the three types from one another. Here they are:

1. Saline implants: filled with sterile salt water after insertion.

  • Benefits:
    • Most affordable and can be placed in women as young as 18
    • Lower rate of capsular contracture (hardness of the implant) compared with gel filled
    • Allows for a smaller incision since they’re filled after placement
  • Drawbacks:
    • Less “natural” feel than gel or gummy bear implants
    • Implant rupture is immediately obvious, with a flat-tire appearance in that breast

2. Gel-Filled implants: filled with thick silicone gel.

  • Benefits:
    • Feel softer and more natural than saline
    • Lower rate of rippling compared with saline, a problem more often experienced by thinner women
    • If they rupture, you don’t immediately have a “flat tire” appearance
  • Drawbacks:
    • Cost more than saline implants
    • Require a larger incision than saline implants
    • Risk of capsular contracture is higher than with saline
    • Invisible ruptures are tougher to identify than with saline implants

3. Gummy Bear implants: filled with cohesive silicone gel. Also called “form stable.”

  • Benefits:
    • Holds its original shape the longest of the three implant types
    • Won’t leak if it ruptures
    • Has a teardrop shape compared with saline & gel-filled which are round, so they look more like natural breasts
  • Drawbacks:
    • Most expensive of the three types
    • Potentially less full appearance above the breasts compared with saline & gel-filled
    • Because they are contoured, if they rotate inside the breast, asymmetry occurs and a re-do is in order
    • Less risk of capsular contracture

When you set up your consultation, Dr. Elluru will discuss the needs and concerns most important to you and help you decide on the implant filling that will work best for you.  Call 269-329-0655 for your appointment today!

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