Textured vs. Smooth Silicone for an athlete? (Photos)
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Textured vs. Smooth Silicone
In my practice, about 20% of the patients benefit from shaped implants. Your Plastic Surgeon needs to measure you and determine the best shape and size of any implants that are used.
#SalineImplants are made with a #silicone outer shell that are filled with sterile saline water (salt-water) during the surgery. Since saline is like normal body fluid, it is safe and easily absorbed if the implants were to leak. The #implant shell is ordered in a specified size beforehand, which can be filled to a minimum or maximum fill amount. This allows the plastic surgeon some flexibility with sizing during surgery. Often times a woman has breasts which vary slightly in size. If one breast is slightly smaller than the other, each implant can be filled to a different amount to create better symmetry.
Saline tends to be a little less natural feeling than silicone, but it can also create a more dramatic upper breast appearance, which some women prefer. A new saline breast implants option called Ideal Implant™ was recently FDA approved and is now being offered at here the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery Newport Beach. The #IdealImplant was created for women who are not comfortable having silicone implants in their body, but desire a more natural feeling implant than traditional saline implants on the market. The unique structure of the Ideal Implant allows for a similar look and feel as silicone with the safety of saline.
Breast augmentation for Crossfit athletes #plasticsurgery #crossfit
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The textured shell surface does decrease the risk of drop out and lateralization of the implants. Extra $2000? I'm not aware of that amount of difference, even if you choose form stable, anatomically shaped, textured implants. To be honest, that really doesn't sound right. Red flag.
If you're really concerned about dropout, implant size has as great an impact as textured shells. Bigger implants are more unpredictable. If you're an athlete, it also makes sense to get smaller implants.
Finally, you are not a good candidate for a concentric mastopexy; that should be reserved for small deflated breasts. Your breasts are asymmetric in size and shape, and your nipple areolar complexes are too low. You put yourself at risk for the usual litany of complications associated with this type of lift in the wrong type of breast: thickened scaring, enlarged and off-round areola, pleating round the areola, persistently low areola, flattening of the breast mound, and persistent sagging of the breast mound. You would be better off with a formal lift: better shape, better scaring, better nipple position.
If your doc isn't a ABPS certified/ASAPS member surgeon expert in all forms of breast surgery, not just implants, you should do more due diligence and have a few more consults. Trust me, in this day and age of social media, you are not locked in.
Best of luck!
Athlete seeking uplift and breast implants.
Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
Beverly Hills, California
Textured versus smooth
Textured vs. Smooth surface implants?
Only the surgeon who is helping you with this can explain advantages and disadvantages associated with specific decisions in your case.
Textured vs. Smooth Silicone for an athlete?
I personally prefer the use of smooth round implants for most patients. I don't find the use of textured breast implants advantageous for any group of patients including athletes.
Ultimately, careful communication of your goals (in my practice I prefer the use of goal pictures, direct examination/communication in front of a full-length mirror, and computer imaging) will be critical.Generally speaking, the best online advice I can give to ladies who are considering breast augmentation surgery ( regarding breast implant size/profile selection) is:
1. Concentrate on choosing your plastic surgeon carefully. Concentrate on appropriate training, certification, and the ability of the plastic surgeon to achieve the results you are looking for. Ask to see lots of examples of his/her work.
2. Have a full discussion and communication regarding your desired goals with your plastic surgeon. This communication will be critical in determining breast implant size/type/profile will most likely help achieve your goals.
In my practice, the use of photographs of “goal” pictures (and breasts that are too big or too small) is very helpful. For example, I have found that the use of words such as “natural” or "C or D cup” or "good fit" etc means different things to different people and therefore prove unhelpful.
Also, as you know, cup size varies depending on him who makes the bra; therefore, discussing desired cup size may also be inaccurate. Again, the use of computer imaging has been very helpful during the communication process, in our practice.
3. Once you feel you have communicated your goals clearly, allow your plastic surgeon to use his/her years of experience/judgment to choose the breast implant size/profile that will best meet your goals. Again, in my practice, this decision is usually made during surgery, after the use of temporary intraoperative sizers.
I hope this (and the attached link, dedicated to breast augmentation surgery concerns) helps. Best wishes.
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