Breast implants enhance the size, shape, or fullness of the breasts. They are essential to breast augmentation, and can be incorporated into a breast lift or breast reconstruction. At Nordberg Plastic Surgery in Stamford, CT, Dr. Leif Nordberg provides silicone, saline, and cohesive Natrelle INSPIRA® implants in a variety of shapes and sizes to help patients achieve precisely the results they desire. During a consultation, Dr. Nordberg will take note of your goals and assess your frame and other factors to recommend the right implant for you.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons assures patients that breast implants are one of the most widely studied medical devices in the history of medical devices. Your safety is paramount during the procedure, and we perform all surgeries in our fully accredited ambulatory surgical facility which is certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities.
Factors to Considering When Choosing an Implant
You and Dr. Nordberg will spend time during your consultation to determine which implant will provide the results you want. In general, this will depend on what you feel will provide the best complement to your body type, height, weight, budget, and desired outcomes.
Saline, Silicone, and Cohesive Gel
One of the first decisions you will be asked to consider when undergoing a breast augmentation is which type of breast implant you would like to receive. Each primary type of implant offers unique attributes:
- Silicone implants are filled with a thick silicone gel that feels very similar to natural breast tissue. They are approved for patients age 22 and older.
- Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. Depending on the size required, Dr. Nordberg can insert pre-filled saline implants, or fill them once inserted. Saline implants are approved for patients age 18 and older. In the event of a rupture, the solution is safely absorbed by the body. Saline implants are generally a more cost-effective option than silicone implants.
- Natrelle INSPIRA® implants are a form-stable cohesive gel option. Because of their texture, they are sometimes called “gummy bear implants." Patients 22 and over can be candidates for this type of implant. Patients who are undergoing a breast reconstruction or who do not have sufficient breast tissue can also benefit from this type of implant.
Size, Shape, and Texture
Breast implants are available in a wide variety of shapes in order to accommodate virtually every patient's goals. They can be round or teardrop-shaped. While a teardrop-shaped implant can achieve refinements in breast shape that a round implant cannot, it can distort the shape of the breast if shifting occurs. For this reason, teardrop-shaped implants are usually textured in a way that helps reduce the risk of shifting within the breast.
Choosing an implant that is proportionate with your body is important to achieving natural-looking results.
Choosing an implant that is proportionate with your body is important to achieving natural-looking results. Patients who are smaller in stature and frame will typically need a smaller breast implant than someone who is taller with a larger frame. If you engage in high-impact physical activity, consider how a larger breast size may affect your overall comfort level.
Desired Feel after Surgery
Silicone breast implants are widely considered to feel more natural than saline implants. The silicone gel feels more natural because the cohesive gel is specially made to closely mirror the feel of your surrounding breast tissue. However, patients who want saline implants can choose to have them less filled during surgery to give them less firmness.
If you have a thin frame, silicone implants may provide the most natural-looking results. If you have an aversion to silicone, you may consider saline implants, although both silicone and saline have been approved as safe for use in breast augmentations. Furthermore, if you have ample breast tissue, saline implants can also provide a realistic enhancement. The surest way to determine the right implants for your procedure is to meet with a trusted surgeon.
Placement and Incisions
Saline implants are more prone to rippling than silicone implants, but this effect can be reduced if you are undergoing a submuscular placement. Implants placed under the pectoral muscle are covered by breast tissue and muscle, reducing the appearance and feel of rippling. If you choose a subglandular placement, Dr. Nordberg may recommend silicone implants to reduce the risk of rippling. For patients who are concerned about incisions and scarring, the incisions used for saline implants are usually smaller than those used for silicone.
If a saline implant ruptures after placement, the saline will be absorbed and passed through the body through natural processes and the complication will be easy to identify. However, silicone implant ruptures are harder to detect and require a longer revisional surgery.
Choosing the right breast implant is one of the most crucial factors in a successful breast surgery, and you can depend on Dr. Nordberg to help you make an informed choice. Contact our office online or call (203) 324-4700 to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Nordberg.