How Much Can Saline Implants Be Overfilled?
- Asked by Brooke007 in Ventura
- 3 years ago
I had my saline breast implants replaced 6 months ago to 450cc's filled to 475 and 525. I am not pleased with the results. They are full on bottom but not on top. I was advised that I can have them refilled to 700 cc's or replace them again for a bigger size entirely. I know overfilling is not recommended my the manufacturer. However, I am seeking the big, round fake look as I had before as opposed to big and natural as they look now. The scars will be removed later along with moving down and minimize my nipples.
Breast implant size
Thank you for asking about your breast implants.
- The photos suggest that your first breast implants stretched the skin.
- If so, it may be hard to get the fake look you want.
- Excessive implant overfill shortens the life of the implant and can rupture it.
- If you accept that risk, you and your surgeon may come up with a plan, e.g. trying excessive overfill and if the look is wrong, going to a bigger implant.
- But the bigger the breast implant, the more your skin eventually stretches.
Saline Implants Overfilled
The company recommendation is not to overfill more than 15%. Surgeons tend to do no more than 10-12%. Do not consider more than 20%.
Overfilling saline implants
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Overfilling saline breast implants
Many plastic surgeons routinely overfill saline implants to about 10% of their labeled volume. There is a range on each implant that the manufacturer has for that particular implant. The actual fill is up to the surgeon trying to achive the goals that you set out upon to achieve. In your case, there are a few variables at play Achieving the significant upper pole fullness that you have in the first photo may be difficult, depending on your skin resilience, how much extra skin you may have, etc. One would have to examine you to determine this. Typically one would also remove and replace the implant if you are going significantly larger, again that is for your plastic surgeon to determine.
Web reference: http://www.jjrothmd.com/before-after/category/revisions
Overfilling of saline implants beyond the recommended range is not advised
Based on your photos and the goal you describe, I would think your chances of achieving success are much higher with a new, larger implant.
However, my opinion is that the real problem with the shape of your breasts, and the reason you have not achieved the outcome you desire, is that your breast lift outcome could be a lot better.
Correcting your current breast outcome to the shape and size you want requires a higher level of understanding of breast surgery and implant dynamics...
If your current surgeon is not able to confidently provide you options for achieving your goals, I would recommend you find a surgeon with a great deal of experience and a reputation for excellence in breast surgery and visit for an opinion- these problems can become more difficult to correct after multiple procedures (not to mention that you would probably like to achieve your goal after as few operations as possible).
Web reference: http://www.DrArmandoSoto.com
Overfilling Your Implants
Overfilling implants by up to 20 % is no problem and lowers the wrinkles and rippling that can occur if it's underfilled.
I once filled a 400cc implant to 2000cc in my office (not in a patient!) just to see what would happen. It became round, hard, and very tight !
If it's increased upper pole fullness you want, I would opt for raising the implant up higher in the breast to get rid of the "bottomed out" look, and using an implant shape that gives you the best projection. Just going bigger is a poor remedy.
While you can overfill the implants a bit, I would not recommend increasing them to the size that you mention. You are better off having the implants exchanged to the larger size. Overfilling to the extent you suggect, will not only make them firmer, but can cause a rupture.
Realistic expectations after breast augmentation plus lift
It will give you a very hard result if you try to overfill your current implants that dramatically. For the look you want you will need the highest profile implants and still need to realize you might not get there. Some people's bodies just won't allow them to get the result they want.
Web reference: http://www.randcosmeticsurgery.com
Better to replace than overfill saline breast implants
Saline implants are manufactured to a specific size and fill range designed by the particular manufacturer, and will vary as well by the implant size. The reason for the fill range is to allow for acceptable performance of the implant in terms of softness, ripple, and importantly leak rate or durability, all of which are submitted to the FDA for market approval of the implant. Overfilling of an implant will stiffen the feel, and can cause scalloping along the implant edge, and perhaps hasten the deflation which eventually occurs in all saline implants. The better solution is to replace the saline implant with a larger one to give the projection and volume that you are after. Overfilling beyond the manufacturer's recommendation just seems like a bad idea.
Best of luck,
How much should you overfill your implants
Overfilling implants can be done to various extents. I believe the manufacture's suggested fill volumes should be respected in all cases. Saline breast implants will have a minimum and maximum suggested fill volume. The implants are guaranteed and under warrenty if these guidelines are followed. Overfilling beyond the maximum recommended volume will void the warrenty and should not be done.
If you want larger implants it is best to choose an implant with a larger base or a higher profile. However, you need to stay within the base width of your breast or the implant will be too large for your body type. The largest implant I would ever suggest is a "high profile" implant which falls within the base width of your breast.
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