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Breast Implant Types
Once the decision to have breast augmentation has been made, it seems to open the door to a host of connected issues that require a decision. One of the main decisions to be made is breast implant type. This influx of information can seem confusing and difficult to process. The type of implant that will best fulfill the patient’s desires is not always based on size or material and in fact, Dr. Rahban cautions his patients to focus on the balance and harmony that will be achieved with the right size and type of implant specific to each woman.
During the decision making process, he makes it his responsibility to fully inform his patients as to the advantages and disadvantages of each type of implant, so that in the end, the exact right breast augmentation method and material become obvious.
Breast Implant Options
There are two main types of breast implant material; saline solution and silicone gel.
Both types of implants are housed in a silicone shell specifically developed to resist punctures and ruptures. In addition to strength, there are also different finishes on the outside of the shells designed to augment the specific type of implant used.
Saline implants are composed of a sterile salt and water solution housed in a silicone shell. Silicone implants are composed of medical grade silicone housed in a silicone shell. The silicone can be semi cohesive or form stable, depending on the thickness of the silicone gel.
Rachel discusses her experience with Dr. Rady Rahban after undergoing plastic surgery for a Breast Augmentation.
Saline Implants: Advantages and Disadvantages
One of the major advantages with saline implants is the size of the incision. Since the implant shell is inserted while deflated, the incision will be much smaller than in silicone gel implant surgery. A smaller incision makes for a very small scar, which over time becomes virtually invisible.
Another big advantage is that during surgery, the surgeon can vary the volume of fluid going into the shell so that the most ideal size is achieved for the patient. This ‘try it before you buy it’ option isn’t possible with silicone gel implants.
With a saline implant, the silicone shell is filled with a sterile saline solution. In the rare occasion that the silicone shell should rupture, or in the case of trauma to the chest, the saline solution that leaks out is harmlessly eliminated by the body.
Also, if the implant should rupture it will be immediately obvious as the breast deflates. In this way patients can visit their plastic surgeon to have the implant immediately removed and replaced.
Disadvantages to consider with saline implants
Saline implants look natural but may not feel as natural as silicone gel implants. In thin patients the silicone shell may be visible under the skin, particularly at the bottom of the breast. This will appear as wrinkling or rippling under the skin.
Another possible disadvantage is that saline implants have a slightly higher incidence of capsular contracture than silicone implants. This is a condition caused by scar tissue that shrinks or contracts around the implant, causing it to become hard and malformed in extreme cases.
This isn’t only an issue in breast implant surgery. The body naturally creates a scar tissue capsule around any foreign object placed in the body whether it is a breast implant or an artificial hip. Since the breast lacks any hard structure, any amount of contraction of scar tissue is very evident.
The type of shell and placement of the implant, as well as meticulous sterile conditions during surgery greatly reduce the incidence of capsular contracture. Dr. Rahban is a perfectionist in all things related to breast implant surgery, including employing the latest techniques for sterile implant placement technique.
He also instructs his patients on self-massage methods to be used once all incisions have healed. These exercises are designed to stretch the forming scar tissue, thus preventing future problems.
What you can expect in your Initial Consultation:
If you are considering this procedure, please come in for a consultation with Dr. Rahban. You can expect your initial exam and consultation to take an hour or more. In your consultation, Dr. Rahban will:
- Listen to what you'd like to achieve with your surgery
- Perform a thorough examination
- Tell you exactly what he recommends and why
- Make sure that any questions you have about insurance and financing are completely answered
As part of the process, Dr. Rahban will give you the opportunity to thoroughly examine photographs of his patients, looking at his earlier work, so that you can see for yourself what to expect if he performs your breast augmentation with lift. He will discuss with you the size and shape of the breast implants that you desire, and how your frame, height and other features affect your choices. He will tell you the results that you can expect with breast augmentation and lift. It is important that you and your doctor agree on the aesthetics and mechanics of your surgery in order to obtain the results that you want. Call us today to schedule your consultation with top plastic surgeon, Dr. Rady Rahban, who has earned a reputation as providing some of the best breast augmentation Los Angeles & Beverly Hills have to offer.
Silicone Implants: Advantages and Disadvantages
There are actually two types of silicone material used in breast implants: semi cohesive (or high strength silicone gel) and form stable gel. Both types are composed of medical grade silicone. The only difference is in the consistency of the silicone.
Semi cohesive silicone is very thick and does not run or squirt. It is chemically attracted to itself so tends to return to the original shape where possible. For example, if there is a puncture or rupture in a silicone shell filled with this type of gel, it will squeeze out under pressure but will retract into the puncture once the pressure is removed.
Form stable silicone gel is solid but spongy, similar to memory foam mattresses. Even if the shell is cut in half, the silicone stays in place. This type of silicone has been nicknamed the ‘gummy bear’ implant. It is formed into a teardrop shape with most of the fullness at the bottom as in the natural breast.
Advantages of silicone implants
Safety is the prime concern in any decision concerning implants. There has been a significant amount of press coverage concerning rupture of silicone implants and the fear of compromised health. This issue has been extensively studied and the conclusion is that saline and silicone implants are equally safe with no association with increases in autoimmune diseases or cancer.
Decisions on the type of implant should be simply based on patient preference in conjunction with the advice from her plastic surgeon.
Generally silicone implants most resemble the look and feel of the natural breast. The form stable type of implant is formed into a teardrop shape, which more closely duplicates the natural look of the breast. These ‘gummy bear’ implants also feel like natural breasts and have the ability to return to their natural shape.
Scar tissue does not form as readily around a silicone implant. These implants usually do not produce wrinkling and rippling as the shell most often used with this type of implant has a rough surface. This helps the implant adhere to the breast pocket anchoring it in the correct position.
Silicone implants require a slightly larger incision to place them in the breast pocket. To overcome this, Dr. Rahban uses a device called a Keller Funnel™, which allows him to use a much smaller incision when placing this type of implant.
In the event that the implant rotates, it can create an unusual shape in the breast because it is form stable. Dr. Rahban has developed a surgical method that places the implant partially under the chest muscle, thus ensuring an almost immeasurable incidence of rotation.
Silicone implants can only be placed in women over 22 years of age, or at any time for breast reconstruction. Saline implants can be placed at the age of 18.
Come in for a Consultation with Dr. Rahban
When Dr. Rahban does a consultation with a prospective patient, he wants it to be two things above all others: thorough and honest. He will find out from you just what you want from cosmetic surgery. And he will tell you honestly if you can get the result you want, and how he can best help you do so.
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