If you are currently unsatisfied with the size, shape, or firmness of your breasts, breast implants can help you start to love the look and feel of your chest. In many cases, people are interested in getting breast implants but feel that they lack basic information about the procedure. To make an informed decision about whether to choose saline or silicone, it is important to know the differences between the two.
Breast Augmentation: A Brief Overview
Breast augmentation is a surgery that involves the use of implants to increase the size of the breasts. The clinical term for breast augmentation is augmentation mammaplasty. In some cases, an individual will pursue breast augmentation to restore breast size that was lost because of pregnancy or weight loss. In some instances, breast augmentations use fat rather than breast implants. When this is the case, the procedure is called fat transfer breast augmentation.
What Can Breast Augmentation Do?
Breast augmentation can accomplish many purposes. Some of them include:
- Increasing the projection of the breasts
- Enhancing the fullness of the breasts
- Improving the proportions of the figure to create a more even, balanced look
- Enhancing self-confidence
Types of Breast Implants
There are several types of breast implants a patient can use to cultivate the look she or he wants. A consultation with Dr. Anthony Stephens will determine which type of breast implant will yield the greatest level of comfort and aesthetic appeal. Two of the more popular types of breast implants are saline and silicone.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are comprised of sterile salt water. If the shell of these implants leaks, the implant collapses and the saline is subsequently absorbed into the body and naturally expelled. Saline breast implants create a uniform firmness, feel, and shape. They are also FDA-approved for women who are ages 18 and up.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants are comprised of silicone gel. The pliable gel feels very similar to real breast tissue. In the event that a silicone implant leaks, the gel might escape into the implant pocket, but it could also remain inside the implant shell. If the implant leaks, it will not collapse.
If you opt for silicone implants, you may find it necessary to visit your plastic surgeon regularly to ensure that your implants are functioning correctly. The plastic surgeon can make these determinations through the use of MRI screening or ultrasound. Silicone breast implants have been approved by the FDA.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are currently unsatisfied with the shape and size of your breasts, breast implants could give you the look you want. Contact Dr. Anthony Stephens in Baton Rouge to schedule your consultation. After discussing your aesthetic goals, he can create a treatment plan that is right for you.