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Each individual has a unique breast shape and size and this is why different types of breast implants are available so that you are satisfied with the results from your breast augmentation surgery in Los Angeles.
A key decision in your breast augmentation procedure is related to the selection of breast implants. The final look of your breasts after the procedure is greatly affected by the shape of your breast implant. At Athenix Body’s Los Angeles office, we have a team of well-qualified and experienced plastic surgeons who can inform you about the various types of breast implants and guide you with regards to which implant is better suited to your individual needs.
There are basically two main breast implant varieties, namely ‘silicone’ and ‘saline’. Both breast implants share a common structure- a rubber silicone shell containing filling. The main difference lies in the implant filling. Let’s have a look at both types of breast implants and their key advantages and disadvantages.
Silicone Gel Implants
Silicone implants contain silicone gel as the filling. These FDA-approved breast implants can be used for women above 22 years of age looking to undergo a breast augmentation procedure. They are also suitable for breast reconstruction.
The reason why many women prefer silicone breast implants over other varieties is because they feel very natural and the texture of the gel is quite similar to the tissue of your breasts. Some of the main advantages of silicone breast implants include:
- These are the most comfortable, softest and natural feeling breast implants available in the market
- Silicone implants are less prone to ‘rippling’ when compared to other implant varieties like saline
- They have a very natural appearance
In case of leakage, the gel in the silicone implant might escape out and enter the implant pocket or it may remain inside the shell. In either case, the silicone gel implant will not end up collapsing.
The main disadvantage of silicone breast implants is that they demand a slightly lengthier incision when compared to the saline implants. This is because these implants are pre-filled. It is difficult and nearly impossible to insert these implants through body parts like the underarm, belly button or areola.
Saline implants, as the name suggests come filled with sterilized salt water. This type of breast implant is ideal for those who want greater projection and fullness in the upper pole. It is also a good option for women who are unhappy with visible scarring, typically caused by silicone implant insertion.
There are two key reasons why saline implants enjoy high popularity in breast enhancement surgery industry. The first important reason is that they provide a minimally invasive incision site since an empty implant shell is inserted in the patient. It is filled with sterile saline solution after placement. The other reason is the use of sterilized salt water. In case there is rupturing, there is no risk to the patient because saline is naturally present in the body.
As compared to silicone implants, saline implants are less popular in the modern world. These implants have a tendency to feel a little firmer, and are not as soft or natural as the breast tissue. There is a higher risk of rippling and rupture in saline implants and they are also a little heavier than silicone gel implants (increased chance of flattening out as a result of gravitational force)
Some of the main advantages of saline implants include the following:
- Saline breast implants can be customized. This mean that your surgeon can decide how much fluid to fill in while performing your breast implant procedure. This can be helpful in adjusting breast size for Los Angeles candidates who may have unequal or asymmetrical breasts
- The size of incision in saline implant placement is smaller
- The price of saline implants is generally less as compared to silicone implants
- It is simpler to detect implant rupture in case of saline implants
It is clear from the above discussion that each implant variety has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. This is why it is important to have a detailed consultation with your cosmetic surgeon at our Los Angeles office, and choose an implant by taking into account factors such as your weight, body shape, original breast size and overall structure.