What is the Sientra Breast Implant?
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Which brand of breast implants is best?
I strongly recommend selecting your surgeon based on training, experience and aesthetic sensibility rather than on the basis of which brand of breast implant they typically use.
You can give two chefs the same recipe but the outcome may be very different. Take time doing research on your plastic surgeon. Excellent surgical training and lots and lots of consistent photos are a must.
What is the Sientra Breast Implant
I like round sientra implants because they have a more cohesive gel and we THINK that this could mean less risk of gel bleed and capsule formation, though we don't have any data on this.
I also like sientra implants because of their surface texturing, which also can reduce the risk of capsules when placed over the muscle and we THINK below the muscle as well, though we don't have any data on this last part.
They are a firmer implant, but that means its less likely to ripple. It also means it feels more firm. I like the feel of their implants and I like the size range, though if you are looking for an ultra high profile implant they don't have it.
Their shaped implants are comparable to the other shaped implants on the market, and differ mostly based on their texturing. The allergan textured implants make me a little nervous because they are too firm and the texturing has caused some long term problems in some patients (double capsules, and late seromas). But the mentor textured shaped implants I use regularly for reconstruction.
In conclusion, there are pluses and minuses to each implant, and what's more important is the surgeon. THAT SAID, Sientra only sells implants to Board Certified Plastic Surgeons which I think is F-ing Awesome and should be the case for the other implant companies as well, but they are willing to sell to family doctors, ER doctors, dermatologists, ENTs and anyone else who wants them and takes a weekend course in "cosmetic medicine".
Sientra's "gummy bear" implant is a highly cohesive silicone breast implant.
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What you need to know about Sientra
Sientra add implant options for patients.
There are currently three companies that manufacture breast implants in the United States.These include Mentor, Allergan and recently Sientra.Each of these companies offer a variety of implants.
In 2012 Sientra introduced a form stable cohesive gel implant.Although approved by the FDA in 2012, this implant has been in use in Europe for over thirty years.These implants are available in smooth texturized, round and contoured styles.
Theoretically, they offer several advantages over standard silicone gel implants including lower rupture rates, less capsular contractures, less silicone bleed and less rippling.Their main disadvantages appear to be their firmness and their expense.
These implants increase the number of options that are available to prospective breast augmentation patients.It’s important to understand that only board certified plastic surgeons can use this type of implant.For this reason, it’s important to consult a board certified plastic surgeon if you’re considering Sientra breast implants.This surgeon should be able to discuss implant options and help you decide which implant is best for you.
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Sientra has a more cohesive gel (5th generation which is the latest and greatest) which have less rupture and capsular contracture. Sientra texturing is unique and theoretically prevents bottoming out or lateralization of the implants compared to a smooth device. Though they are a bit firmer, the tradeoff is likely less rippling.
All implants have pros and cons and it is important to discuss these with your surgeon. Sientra does only sell to Board Certified Plastic Surgeons so rest assured, if your surgeon can use them, he or she is not a family practitioner, ER doctor, dermatologist, ENT, gynecologist or general surgeon who took a weekend course or "cosmetic fellowship".
Sientra Breast Implant
1) HSC which Sientra claims is the most cohesive round breast implants in the US.
2) HSC+ silicone gel is designed to look and feel like natural breasts. HSC + provides softness without compromising shape retention.
Consult with 3 experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeons to understand your options.
Sientra makes the only highly cohesive round implants on the U.S. market
Sientra, Allergan, and Mentor all make excellent round silicone gel implants. The Allergan and Mentor implants are cohesive, and the Sientra implants are highly cohesive. I have used round silicone gel implants made by all three manufacturers, and all yield good results.
If you are looking specifically for a "gummy bear" implant (highly cohesive), Sientra is the only manufacturer that makes round highly cohesive implants. All three manufacturers make highly cohesive shaped implants.
Definition of Sientra Breast Implants
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