What are the different types of breast implants?

Breast implants are medical devices with a solid silicone shell. The implant shell may be filled with either silicone gel or saline solutions (sterile salt water). Both silicone and saline breast implants are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  

A major difference between silicone and saline implants is the feel of the implants.  Silicone implants feel more natural and are less likely to show rippling (surface irregularities that can be seen through the skin). Therefore, silicone implants are the most commonly used for breast reconstruction and breast augmentation.  There are several different types of silicone gels that are utilized. Old silicone had the consistency of honey, whereas the newer generation breast implants have a consistency more similar to jello. You may have heard of these by the term “gummy bear,” cohesive gel or form-stable implants.  This is because if they are cut or break they will hold their shape. On the other hand, if a saline implant ruptures, the fluid inside will be absorbed by your body and therefore the breast will look deflated.  

I specialize in breast reconstruction and breast augmentation surgery and want to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.  If you are having a breast augmentation, I will use our Vectra 3-D imaging system that allows you to visualize how the different implants look on your body at your initial consultation.  This allows you to make an informed decision on the style and size of implant you would like. Call today to schedule your consultation at my office located in Troy, Michigan 248-524-0620

Sarah Elswick, MD

Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

What are the “breast” options? – Breast Augmentation MI

Enhancing your breast line can enhance your life – what are your options?

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures because it allows women to increase the volume and size of the breasts to best match their goals and body type. Breast implants can be filled with silicone gel or a saline solution, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes; these choices allow the patient to determine the profile and tailor it to the look they are going for – high profile or more natural?

Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) on the other hand is used to treat breast sagging – which naturally occurs due to pregnancy, nursing, excessive weight loss and aging. A breast lift normally consists of the removal of excess skin and tightening the skin. Additionally, it can be combined with a breast augmentation in order to regain volume.

Breast reduction surgery is performed when a woman has excessively large breasts which can cause neck, back and shoulder pain. Breast reduction surgery helps by drastically reducing the breast size and removing excess skin so that your breasts are more proportionate to the body frame/size.

Regaining confidence and femininity is invaluable to most women which is why it is important to consider all of the options before making a decision regarding breast surgery.

For More Information on Breast Augmentation in Michigan visit our website or call (248) 524-0620 .