Breast Augmentation: Types of Implants

Franklyn Elliott MD discusses types of implantsEvery woman has their own reason for pursuing breast augmention surgery.  Before the actual procedure Dr. Franklyn Elliott will discuss the many breast augmentation surgery options with each patient. As previously stated in Dr. Elliott’s blogs, breast enhancement decisions include selection of the type of breast implant, placement of implants, size, and incision placement.

Although each decision is ultimately up to the patient, Dr. Elliott uses his 25 years of experience and specialization with breast procedures to help each individual achieve their desired look.  The first thing many patients consider before breast augmentation is the type of breast implant they will want.

Dr. Elliott frequently uses both saline and silicone implants and feels confident in the safety and effectiveness of both options. Both types of implants have an outer shell made of silicone. Saline breast implants are filled with sterile saline solution. Since saline implants are filled at the time of surgery, smaller incision methods can be used than those required of silicone implants. Silicone implants are manufactured and pre-filled with silicone gel.  Some patients believe silicone implants provide a more natural look.

Earlier this year the FDA approved a new type of implant, which consists of a high strength cohesive silicone-gel breast implant. The California manufacture, Sientra’s implants are currently the only cohesive gel implant available in the U.S.   Dr. Elliott also uses these gel implants along with the more common saline and silicone implants for patients seeking breast augmentation.

Like many other cosmetic procedures, implant selection is a very personal choice and Dr. Elliott recommends first discussing with a board-certified plastic surgeon all your available options and concerns. If you are interested in scheduling a breast surgery consultation please contact our office today. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest breast information and news.