Breast Implants

What are breast implants?

Breast implants are medical devices that have been approved by the FDA for use in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgeries. Dr. Himansu Shah, our Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon will help guide you in choosing the perfect breast implant to reach your desired goals.

Silicone Breast Implants

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Silicone breast implants have a cohesive gel center within a silicone shell. The filling within the central chamber is made to stay put should the outer shell leak or rupture. The FDA has approved silicone breast implants for women aged 22 and older. Silicone implants are made in round and teardrop (anatomical) shapes to meet the needs and preferences of each patient.

What are the benefits of silicone implants?

The majority of women who undergo breast augmentation choose silicone implants for one reason: they feel more like the natural breast. Additionally, studies show that silicone breast implants may last longer than saline types. They may also be more likely to hold their shape over a longer period of time.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants have the same silicone shell as other types of implants. However, the inner chamber is filled with sterile saline once the implant shell has been inserted into its envelope of tissue. Saline implants were actually developed in the 1960s as an alternative to potentially risky silicone implants at that time. Since then, both saline and silicone implants have vastly improved. Saline implants are FDA-approved for women aged 18 and older.

What are the benefits of Saline implants?

The advantages of saline breast implants include a smaller incision (about 1.5 inches), a potentially more comfortable recovery period, and a lower cost. If a saline implant were to leak or rupture, the breast would deflate. Also, due to the physiologic nature of sterile salt water, a saline leak poses no threat to surrounding tissues.

What Our Patients Have To Say

"I am so glad I chose Signature Plastic Surgery for my beast augmentation! I am over the moon with my results!! The office staff is outstanding! They are friendly and extremely helpful. Everyone made me feel like I was under the best care possible."

Tiffany B. - April 2019

Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone and saline implants all have the same silicone outer shell. Where they differ is in the central chamber, where the filling exists. Saline is a physiological substance that does not affect surrounding tissues should it leak.

Silicone is less biocompatible though unlikely to leak due to improvements in silicone cohesiveness in today’s implants. The primary difference that patients need to know about silicone versus saline implants is that each feels a certain way. Silicone implants are softer and more like the natural breast. Saline is a bit firmer and may be noticeable when placed above the muscle rather than below it.

The appearance of differing implants may also be unique. Saline implants have historically been known to provide more fullness in the top slope of the breast. However, newer silicone devices are being made to achieve this same effect without the weight of saline posing the risk of bottoming out.

Gummy Bear Implants

All silicone breast implants are made with a cohesive gel filling. However, some are more cohesive than others. Gummy bear implants are an example of the most form-stable silicone implant available. They are named after the popular gummy bear candy because that is what they feel like and what they look like. If you were to cut the implant in half and squeeze it, there would be no soft center to leak out.

What are the benefits of Gummy Bear implants?

Form-stable gummy bear implants offer the advantage of being completely contained even in the event of a rupture. These implants are not likely to ripple, as saline implants might, so are an outstanding choice for women with little natural breast tissue to cover the implant.

Doctor holding in his hands two silicone implants. Female patient trying to touch them

How do I know which implant is best for me?

Your plastic surgeon is an excellent resource for helping you determine which breast implant is right for you. Saline and silicone devices both offer advantages and both have potential disadvantages. During your consultation, talk with your surgeon about your lifestyle, the amount of time you’d like your implants to last (silicone lasts longer), and the shape and feel you would like to achieve.

How to choose the right breast implant size?

Breast implant size is an important aspect of feeling fully satisfied with your breast augmentation process. Some of the factors to take into account when considering size include your lifestyle and fitness habits and how you like to dress. Larger breasts will alter all of these things.

From the artistic surgical perspective, your doctor will observe your body frame, including the width of your shoulders. To the surgeon, breast enhancement is an avenue to bring the whole body into beautiful proportions. Exceedingly small or very large breasts can create an imbalance that detracts from beauty.

What are the breast implant placement options?

The two placements for breast implants are sub-glandular and submuscular. In sub-glandular placement, breast implants sit above the muscle but beneath the breast gland.

In submuscular placement, implants are situated either partially or fully beneath the pectoral muscle. Each placement type dictates the outcome of surgery in terms of appearance and feel. For example, a sub-glandular implant has less coverage from natural tissue and will be more visible and palpable.

Are breast implants safe?

Both saline and silicone breast implants have been involved in ongoing studies for over two decades. One was a 14-year research project in which the safety of silicone implants, in particular, was confirmed.

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Become more acquainted with our breast implant types, sizes, and profiles in a visit to our Henderson, NV office. Contact us at 702.684.5502 to schedule your consultation today or fill out an online contact form and our office will be in touch with you. We proudly serve Henderson, Nevada, and the surrounding areas.

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