Breast Augmentation Vs Breast Implants?

What is the difference between breast implants and breast augmentation? which is best to get done? with implants which is best to get gel o silicone , durability, safer, ?

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Breast Augmentation Vs Breast Implants?

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Breast augmentation surgery is performed to enhance your breasts; to give you more fullness, by using either saline or silicone gel implants. Both safe are very safe.
There are many factors to consider when choosing to do breast augmentation The implant options include; saline vs. silicone gel implants, moderate, midrange or high profile. Implant placement also needs to be taken into consideration; on top of the muscle or behind the muscles. Placement typically depends on how much breast tissue you have to begin with as well as the quality of your skin. If you have adequate amount of tissue, then having an implants on top of the muscle (in this case, I would recommend silicone gel implants) would be appropriate for the support and padding of the implants. If you do not have adequate amount of breast tissues for support, then I would recommend placing implants behind the muscles.
As for volume vs. "natural" appearance, this is difficult to measure. It is so individualized based on each patient's perspective. If you are going for volume, then you may need high profile which gives you the volume to give you more upper pole fullness. If you are looking for volume but not so much upper pole fullness, then you may consider moderate or mid range implants.
There is no right answer; the decision has to be made between you and your plastic surgeon. You have to understand about the reason behind choosing the type of implants, the placement of the implants, the volume you are aiming for. You then have to understand the potential risks in all the options. This is why having a formal consultation with your plastic surgeon is so important before making your decision for surgery.
I hope this helps.
Dr. Vu


Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation Is the Name of the Procedure to Place Breast Implants

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Thank you for your question.

Breast Augmentation is the name of the Plastic Surgical Procedure used to place Breast Implants. There are both Saline (salt water) and Silicone Gel Breast Implants available. See a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for advice.

Brooke R. Seckel, MD, FACS
Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Implants or augmentation??

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Breast implants are used to augment (enlarge) breasts. Gel implants ARE silicone implants. Saline is salt water and is used in saline implants, which do not contain silicone gel. Both types of implants have a solid silicone envelope (outer shell) rather like the rubber of a toy balloon.

Neither is 'best.' Each has advantages and disadvantages. Generally, after a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon you will know which is most appropriate for you. Yes, YOU get to choose! The patient must participate in her own care and she can only do this when all the facts are put before her.

J. Brian Boyd, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation Vs Breast Implants?

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Breast augmentation is the name of the operation in which breast implants are used to enhance the fullness of the breasts.

Having said this, there is a great deal of work going on to research the used of fat in breast augmentation.

However, fat grafting of the breasts has not yet become common practice due to issues of inconsistent take of the fat, as well as possible problems with breast imaging.

As you likely know, the two main classes of breast implant are saline and silicone gel.

An experienced plastic surgeon can help you choose the best option for your situation.

Good luck!

Eric Pugash, MD
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Is an augment different from implants?

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A breast augmentation is a surgical procedure, performed via various approaches, which employs breast implants to achieve enlargement. In terms of safety and longevity, both silicone and saline are perfectly safe. It is a matter of preference, as are the size of the implants and their safe

Robert L. Kraft, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation Usually Means Implants

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The term breast augmentation almost always implies the use of breast implants, although occasionally the patients own tissue (such as fat) can be used.  I personally prefer smooth round implants placed below the muscle.  I also prefer silicone to saline implants, but I use both depending upon the patient's reference.

John Whitt, MD
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What is the difference between breast implants and breast augmentation

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A breast augmentation is a procedure in which the breast size is increased or augmented utilizing a breast implant, either silicone (gel) or saline (salt water).  Both implants choices are safe and in most cases, either can be utilized.  Consult a board certified plastic surgeon for more information on the choices available to you.

Best of luck,

Christopher J. Morea, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation Vs Breast Implants?

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Breast Augmentation is the name of the surgery to increase your breast size. There are two types of breast implants available to use in increasing the size of your breasts. There are silicone implants and saline implants. Both are FDA approved and are both safe. It is a matter of personal preference for patients as to which they would prefer. Silicone implants tend to look and feel more natural than saline but again this is a personal choice.

Morgan E. Norris, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation Vs Breast Implants

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Breast augmentation is the general term defining operations performed to enlarge the breasts. Until recently this operation was alway done with the use of breast implants, which are the devices used for the enlargements. 

In recent years, some enlargements have been done using the patients own fat, so now the two terms you mention are not exactly the synonyms describing the same operation. 

Thanks for your question, best wishes.

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
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Breast Augmentation/Implants

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On-line advice is all well and good but not a substitute for an actual consultation with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon (or 2 or 3!). Listen to the pros and cons of the options available to you and pick what you are most comfortable with! Good luck!!!

Marcel Daniels, MD
Long Beach Plastic Surgeon
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