BREAST IMPLANT CHOICES
Women have more options than ever before in choosing breasts implants for breast enlargement.
More Choices Equals Better Results
Dr. Shaw uses breast implants from Allergan, Mentor and Sientra. These implants now come in a range of projections and widths for the perfect fit and desired look. We will go over all the options and "try on" various implants at your consultation in addition to viewing a projected result using the Vectra 3-D system.
Silicone or Saline: What’s Best for Me?
Silicone implants were again made available for breast augmentation over 10 years ago in 2006. The vast majority of implants used in my practice are silicone. There are a number of differences between silicone gel and saline breast implants, as evidenced in the chart below. Once you have decided on either silicone or saline, there are also a number of options in size and profile. We are available to help you make the choice that is right for you. Please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss your breast enlargement options.
Click to read more about Natrelle Inspira Gummy implants, Memory Gel™ Silicone Implants from Mentor®.
Click to read about the safety of silicone gel implants on the FDA website.
Cohesive Silicone Gel implants are available in 4 different profiles. The higher the profile, the more the implants will project from your chest. Whatever profile you choose, the implant base must match your breast diameter. Implant volume is related to both width and height (projection). Dr. Shaw and the Vectra 3D imaging will make sure it's a perfect fit.
BREAST IMPLANTS IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
For women having breast augmentation, one of the decisions to be made is which breast implant to use. Presently, there are two types of breast implants: saline breast implants and silicone breast implants. Both are made of an outer silicone shell. Where they differ is the substance that is inside the implant. Saline implants are filled with a sterile salt-water solution, while silicone implants contain a cohesive silicone gel. Both types come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures. Each has its own pros and cons (see below).
Saline and silicone breast implants were both developed in the 1960s. Because of their natural look and feel, silicone became the implants of choice for millions of women. From 1992 to 2006 silicone implants were used in a national adjunct study and first time breast augmentation only patients were excluded from the study. These patients had to use saline for their breast augmentations. All other breast surgeries had the option to use silicone implants: Breast lifts with augmentation, breast reconstruction, revision breast surgery.... In 2006 after intense study and research, the FDA declared silicone gel breast implats safe and approved their use in the U.S. in first-time augmentation surgeries again. This is great news for patients and plastic surgeons who now have a choice of implants.
Dr. Shaw uses both silicone and saline and silicone implants with great success. During your consultation, he will discuss all implant options and help you decide which is best for you. Currently silicone implants are used in over 95% of the breast augmentations in Dr. Shaw's practice.
SALINE BREAST IMPLANTS
- Filled with sterile saline (salt-water). Since saline is like normal body fluid, it is safe and easily absorbed if the implants were to leak
- Leaks easily detected due to implant deflation
- Saline is filled after the breast implant is placed making the incision smaller and easier to insert.
- Volume of saline can be adjusted to meet your desired goal or to correct a size difference between the two breasts
- Less expensive than silicone implants
- A few studies have shown a lower capsular contracture rate
- Rippling may be felt or seen in moderately thin patients or those with small amount of breast tissue.
- Saline implants are less compressible and may feel firmer than silicone to the touch or during a hug.
- Cannot be place over the muscle due to severe rippling in many cases
- In the event of a rupture, replacement must occur fairly quickly to avoid capsular changes
- Look and feel very natural due to silicone gel’s thick, cohesive material that moves and feels like real breast tissue
- New generation of silicone gel implants made by Mentor and Allergan Corporation are far superior than those used in the past and have a proven track record of safety
- Silicone implants are preferred for implants placed on top the muscle
- Much less rippling
- In the event of a rupture the breast does not "go flat"
- Silicone breast implants come pre-filled with gel requiring a larger incision and a more difficult insertion
- Inability to adjust the volume during the procedure
- It may be more difficult to detect a leak because there are not obvious signs.
- The FDA suggests that women have periodic MRI scans to ensure that silicone implants are intact.
Dr. Shaw usually recommends silicone implants to those women seeking the softest, most natural breasts, especially if they are very thin, lack breast tissue or need an over the muscle implant.
Dr. Shaw will use his vast experience and expertise to help you make the right choice to achieve your aesthetic goals.
If you would like more information on the breast implant options available to you call (480) 767-1900 or set up a consultation online
Dr. Lawrence Shaw offers cosmetic breast and plastic surgery for Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, including procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction, rhinoplasty, cosmetic facial and eyelid surgery. He serves Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Glendale, Tempe, Chandler and cosmetic surgery patients from across Arizona. With the exception of the photo gallery which are all patients of Lawrence W. Shaw, MD, all other photos on this website are models and not actual patients unless stated otherwise. © 2012 Lawrence Shaw, MD
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