Types of Breast Implants
Picking the Right Type of Implant for You
Dr. Salloum believes that true femininity lies within achieving confidence in your individual standard of desired feminine physique. Dr. Salloums believes in listening to his patients and truly understanding what their breast augmentation goals are. The size shape and profile of breast are as unique as women are, there is no standard look for everyone.
Dr. Salloum prides himself in providing incredibly natural-looking breast augmentations. His breast augmentation patients often return with friends and family members as referrals because their results were so natural and compliment their figures so beautifully. During your consultation you are encouraged to express your expectations for your breast augmentation as well as ask any questions you might have.
As you consider breast augmentation for esthetic enhancement or for reconstructive purposes, deciding which type of implant is best for you is not as black-and-white as silicone “bad” or saline “good,” rather there are benefits and risks to both.
Keller Funnel™ Breast Implants
BENEFITS: The design of the Keller Funnel™ allows surgeons to reduce incision lengths. Because of the ease and precision of the delivery of the implant with the Keller Funnel™, the options for placement are increased. These factors benefit patients (especially those who scar easily) because there is greater opportunity to conceal incisions. The Keller Funnel™ can also reduce the risk of complications for patients by minimizing the potential for implant damage.
DOWN SIDE: An axillary incision (the armpit incision) is a highly specialized technique that often requires use of an endoscope. So although it may result in a smaller scar, the patient risks lack of symmetry because of the distance from the breast. The dangers of peri-umbilical incision include more area of possible infection, and the possibility of leaving abdominal scars because a tunnel is created from the navel to each breast. Although not a remote incision, there is also the areola incision, which as the name suggests is around the areola of the nipple. The danger with this incision, though it is well camouflaged, is the much-increased change of nipple or partial breast numbness. If revisional surgery is needed for any reason later, the surgeon will have to create an incision in the crease beneath the breast anyway.
Contoured Anatomic Breast Implants
BENEFITS: This is the newest in breast implant shapes. These implants are known as, Memory Shape, Anatomic or Contoured. Unlike round breast implants, these have a tear drop shape. They are thinner on top and slope to a fuller projected point near the bottom of the implant. This closely imitates the shape of a natural breast. Contoured implants only come in silicone and are textured. They are textured to help keep them in place and carry the same benefits as “gummy bear”, silicone implants.
DOWNSIDE: If they shift it will make the breast look unnatural. This implant mostly gives fullness at the bottom of the breast. Tear drop implants are also more expensive than both silicone and saline.
BENEFITS: Saline implants are breast shaped silicon shell placed into the body empty but then filled with sterile salt water. This type of implant tends to feel firmer or fuller than silicone implants, which means the feel is not as close to that of natural breast tissue. Because saline implants are filled to a precise size by Dr. Salloum, this gives him the ability to produce a more exact result. Saline implants are a less invasive procedure because they are inserted empty and filled once they are inside the body.
DOWN SIDE: If a saline breast implant ruptures, the implant will deflate — causing the affected breast to change in size and shape.The leaking saline solution will be absorbed by your body without posing any health risks, but you’ll probably need surgery to remove the silicone shell. If you wish, a new implant can likely be inserted at the same time. Another possible down side to this type of implant is that some women complain of being able to manually detect the outer edge of the implant as well as a higher risk of “rippling”.
BENEFITS: Many people find Silicone implants to look and feel the most natural. Silicone breast implants are a cohesive gel or “gummy” consistency. For example Mentor Lumera Memory Gel implants are thick with a jello appearance and when cut will not spread or spill. When these implants are under pressure they will then return to their original form. This type of implant is preferred for those with a low level of soft tissue coverage.
DOWN SIDE: Silicone implants also risk of rupture and capsular contracture, which is a hardening of the tissue around the implant. Silicone implant ruptures are more difficult to notice then saline. When the implant breaks, the leaking silicone stays in the body. It can sometimes spread outside the breast and into distant lymph nodes. As unnerving as that sounds, studies haven’t found that this results in any increased risk of disease. Nonetheless, if a silicone implant ruptures, you will need to remove it along with any loose silicone.
Some Helpful tips to keep in mind:
DO bring pictures depicting the type of look you are aiming for. Many women find pictures in Victoria Secret catalogs where women are wearing lingerie and it it easy to reference how breast will look in undergarments.
DO NOT fixate on the “cc’s” of your new implants, be clear about your vision and allow Dr. Salloum recommend what he thinks will help you accomplish your desired outcome.
Whether you’re looking to finally address years of body-image issues or to correct a prior faulty procedure, The Miami Center for Plastic Surgery offers many options to serve all of your breast augmentation and reconstructive needs.
With all surgeries there are risks to keep in mind, it is very important that before you commit to a breast augmentation you have fully weighed all of the possible risks.