Focus on Breast Augmentation Part 6: Saline Implants
While Silicone Breast Implants have been in the news more often in the past several years — due largely to a period of time in which FDA approval for widespread use of Silicone as a filler for breast implants was not in place — Saline Breast Implants are actually a very popular choice for Breast Augmentation in the Inland Empire due to several advantages they provide. We will cover the pros and cons of Saline Implants in this post and then dig deeper into the Silicone Gel options in our next post.
Saline Breast Implants
Q. What are Saline Breast Implants?
A. Saline Breast Implants are implants that have a silicone shell but are filled with a saline solution — a saltwater solution similar to what is found in the human body.
Q. What are some of the available features of Saline Breast Implants?
A. The main options you have with saline implants are as follows:
- Shape of implant
- Round: These are shaped just like they sound, in a round shell.
- Shaped: These are often also called “anatomical” in that the shape attempts to mimic or match a natural projection of an individual’s breast if her breast does not appear perfectly round.
- Moderate: a moderate profile does not project as far away from the chest wall, creating a fuller appearance.
- High: a high profile implant projects further from the chest wall, creating greater projection and a more pronounced silhouette.
- Smooth: Smooth implants work well in most instances, especially when the implant shape is round. Certain choices, physical needs and desired outcomes, however, may indicate a need to use textured implants.
- Textured: Textured breast implants were designed to reduce the chance of capsular contracture and prevent shaped implants from shifting in position. Certain physical aspects of a patient combined with particular desired outcomes will indicate a greater need for this type of implant.
This is not exhaustive as certain options, when selected, create more options. Much of what this all means can be made clear for you and your particular case with a complimentary consultation with Dr. Farzaneh. Call (909) 590-2299 to set up a meeting, or email us via our contact form.
Q. What are some of the practical advantages of Saline Breast Implants?
A. One major advantage is that the saline breast implant can remain unfilled until after insertion and only then be filled.
Why is this helpful? For one, it means scars can be greatly minimized. As a matter of fact, one of the most popular and growing breast augmentation incision approaches, the Transumbilical Incision, can only utilize saline implants.
Also, this means that Dr. Farzaneh can fill implants appropriately for evenness and aesthetics after the implants are in place. This offers an excellent advantage which can not be matched by silicone implants as they come pre-filled.
Finally, if there is an implant rupture, the only thing leaking into your body would be a saline solution that is very similar to what is already present in your body. Note, however, that the new generation of silicone gel implants can be cut in half and still not leak foreign substances into the body, so this particular concern is not as pressing as it once was.
Q. What are some of the disadvantages of Saline Breast Implants when compared to Silicone Gel implants?
A. Many women feel that Silicone Gel Implants initially feel more natural and will ripple less than saline when placed under a thin tissue cover. However, the advances in both types of implant have come such a long way that both can now feel very natural, and the disadvantages saline implants have had in the past simply aren’t as applicable as they used to be — we have made such advances in placement and the ability to make small adjustments with the implants that satisfaction with saline is now very high.
In short, many Inland Empire women find Saline Breast Implants to be highly satisfactory. Due to additional options saline allows, you can have a much smaller — and even fully hidden, in many cases — incision, and Dr. Farzaneh can work to make small adjustments to your implant fill volume and placement in order to really maximize your results.
Both saline and silicone implants have brought Dr. Farzaneh’s Inland Empire Breast Augmentation patients much satisfaction, and we will focus upon Silicone Breast Implants in our next post.