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

How to Regain your Pre-Baby Body!

Regaining your Pre-Baby Body!

Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding are experiences that many women look forward to and enjoy. However, although you may be happy being a mother, there are some changes to the body that you may not be pleased with. The body changes quite drastically throughout the pregnancy and breastfeeding – the breasts and abdomen stretch, and the skin may lose elasticity which sometimes does not naturally return.

Women who have used all measures to lose weight often turn to cosmetic plastic surgery to achieve their desired goals. Typically, patients choose to undergo a combination of procedures in order to recapture their pre-pregnancy shape. The most frequently combined procedures include breast lift surgery or augmentation, traditional and/or laser liposuction and a tummy tuck, especially if their abdomen did not retract or if they underwent a C-section during delivery.

The combination of these procedures can be life changing as they help restore confidence and femininity by restoring the breasts to a more youthful shape and position, and tightening and flattening the abdomen. During a private consultation patients are able to discuss their needs and it will be determined if they are a candidate for the procedures; it is typically only advised to have the procedures if there is not plan to have more children.

Call 248.524.0620 for more information on the “Mommy Makeover” or other cosmetic procedures.