Types of Breast Implants
The right breast implant type for you will be determined by your personal goals. At Hess and Sandeen, we have several choices for the style, shape, and feel of our implants. Shapes include round, which are spherical-shaped, or anatomical, which are tear-drop shaped and better mimic a natural breast. The material used in the implant can be saline, silicone, or a combination of the two.
Our implants have variations in shape, size, profile, surface texture, and fill. We will work with your personal anatomy and skin elasticity to aid you in finding the perfect implant. Our implants are chosen by you and your surgeon to fit your expectations and create the look you desire.
Saline implants have a silicone based outer shell and are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. The saline implant is usually inserted into the body empty then filled, but some do come pre-filled. These can be adjusted during the surgery by adding or removing saltwater. This flexibility allows our cosmetic surgeons the ability to better tailor your look to ensure you are completely satisfied after your surgery.
Silicone gel implants are filled with a thick gel material that feels and moves very similarly to natural breast tissue. They are a popular choice because of the natural feel and the reduction in side effects of water filled implants like folding, wrinkling, or rippling. Because they are pre-filled, they often require a larger incision than saline implants.
No medical device is considered permanent and implants are no exception. You may need to have follow-up surgery to replace your breast implants in the future. While it is unlikely, the outer membrane of both silicone and saline implants can rupture. With saline implants the saltwater will get absorbed by the body and the breast will gradually reduce back to its original size, causing no harm to you. Detecting a break in a silicone implant can be more difficult as the body will not absorb the gel and the breast will not become smaller. Rarely, silicone implants will cause pain and swelling when they break, but it is more common to discover breakage at a follow up appointment.
The placement of your implant is just as important as choosing the correct type. Breast implants come in several shapes and different amounts of projection, which is the amount of forward fullness the implant provides. Implants are placed either above or beneath the chest muscle depending on the type of implant being used, your body type, and your personal preference. Careful placement of your implants will ensure that you are happy with the overall look and feel of your new body.
We are also careful about where we place any incisions. Our cosmetic surgeons use inconspicuous areas to reduce visible scarring. We have several incision placement options including on the areola, through the armpit, or in the breast crease.
Our surgeons will consult with you, considering your body type and other factors, to help you determine what the breast augmentation technique that will produce the best possible results. This includes determining the placement of the implants below skin or below muscles. We will also discuss which type of incision is best for you.
While breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure and not covered by most insurance companies, coverage does vary so you should always talk to your provider first. Ask Dr. Hess and Dr. Sandeen about our financing options available through Care Credit. Care Credit can help you pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses over time.