Breast implants are produced in many sizes and several shapes. They are primarily saline (salt water) filled or silicone (cohesive gel) filled with similar shells (silicone based outer covering).
Saline implants are less costly. In some patients, they provide excellent enhancement. However, if there is insufficient breast tissue coverage, saline implants have the highest incidence of visual and palpable ripples. They also have a higher incidence of lateralization and bottoming out, especially in weight lifters and patients with repeated forceful exercising of the pectoralis muscles. If the implants rupture, the saline is harmlessly absorbed by the body and replacement is quick and easily performed.
Silicone cohesive gel implants cost a slight bit more.They provide a more breast-like natural feel, and are less likely to have visible and/or palpable ripples. In certain patients, all implants may have ripples. Silicone implants have a lower rate of rupture than saline.
There are many factors that board-certified plastic surgeons consider in order to optimize breast implant selection for each patient. The outer shell of the implant can be textured or smooth and the recommendation is determined by lifestyle, breast tissue and history of breast surgery. There are also several shapes to help patients achieve different goals. Implants come in round and tear dropped shapes as well as various projections, such as: Moderate Plus, High Profile and Ultra High.
Be sure to clearly communicate your concerns and goals with the surgeon and /or staff. The consultation should be an opportunity to learn from an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon and get recommendations tailored to your individual goals.
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