When considering breast augmentation or implant reconstruction surgery, one of the most important decisions women will make is choosing the type of breast implants that can most effectively achieve their desired outcomes with natural looking results. At our practice, Dr. Parva offers an array of implant varieties, including both traditional silicone and saline styles. In addition, he offers anatomically shaped cohesive gel breast implants, which is an advanced implant option that often provides an exceptionally natural look and feel for many patients. During the initial consultation, Dr. Parva will present all available implants, thoroughly discussing the pros and cons of each type, size, and shape to help ensure you make the most informed decision for your unique needs and goals.
Breast Implant Options
Breast implants are manufactured in a variety of types, shapes and sizes. When you meet with Dr. Parva for your initial consultation, he will assist you in the implant selection process by employing VECTRA® 3D imaging—a state-of-the-art system that enables patients to “try on” various implants and view a three dimensional photograph of realistic results that can potentially be achieved with different options. This advanced technology can help make choosing the right breast implants an easier, more comfortable decision.
The three main types of breast implant available at Parva Plastic Surgery include:
Approved by the FDA for patients 18 years and older, saline breast implants are composed of a saline (saltwater) solution encased by a silicone outer shell. If a saline implant ruptures, the body absorbs the fluid and excretes it. Available in wide range of shapes and sizes, these implants have proved to be extremely effective for numerous patients over the years, helping many women enhance the appearance of their breasts with beautiful, natural-looking results.
Silicone breast implants are FDA approved for breast augmentation patients who are 22 years of age and older, as well as for breast reconstruction patients of any age. Composed of a silicone outer shell filled with thick silicone gel, this type of implant comes in several shapes and sizes and is known for its extremely natural appearance and feel. Silicone implants are generally less prone to rippling, and they can be particularly beneficial for individuals who have a thin body frame. Health concerns regarding the gel implants have been satisfied through extensive studies, and the FDA released the gel implants to the general public in November of 2006.
Anatomically Shaped Cohesive Gel Implants
Having been available in Europe for many years, anatomically shaped cohesive gel breast implants are now FDA approved for use by board certified plastic surgeons in the United States and are available when indicated for our patients. Presently, the FDA has approved Allergan (Natrelle® 410), Sientra® and Mentor® silicone gel implants. Also referred to as “form-stable” or “gummy bear” implants, this advanced implant option is composed of a thicker, more durable silicone gel and designed in a teardrop shape that closely resembles the contour of a natural breast, helping to create a remarkably natural look and feel for ideal candidates.
Anatomically shaped cohesive gel implants are generally firmer than their round counterparts due to additional crosslinking properties and thicker consistency of the silicone gel, both of which aid in their ability to better retain shape. Additionally, clinical research shows that the textured surface and strong cohesion of this breast implant option have led to a diminished occurrence of implant rotation and rippling, as well as a reduced risk of gel leakage in the rare event of a rupture.
Ultimately, every type of implant has its unique advantage and disadvantages. Regardless of implant choice, women considering breast implants should consider the following:
- Implants have a limited life span and will likely need to be replaced during a woman’s lifetime.
- The most common adverse effect after breast implants is capsular contracture. This is a thickening of the scar tissue around the implant that causes firmness to the breast. This may require further surgery.
- The quality of your skin, as well as the type of implant used, are factors that determine how easily the implants are felt through the skin and if there is a potential of seeing rippling of the skin.
The best option for your individual needs and goals will be discussed in full detail at the time of your consultation with Dr. Parva.
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