Know The Facts About Your Breast Implant Options
Why is it important to have access to all your breast implant options? Breast implants come in a variety of fillings, structures, shapes, fill levels, and textures. No two women are the same, and when you have options you can pick the breast implant that works best with your body. Finding the perfect fit is possible when you visit a plastic surgeon who offers the options you need. Dr. Russell Babbitt is dedicated to ensuring his patients have access to these options. He will help you determine which breast implant is the best for your unique body and lifestyle. Read below for a quick primer on the different options you can choose from at Plastic Surgery of Southern New England.
Types Of Breast Implants: The Basics
If you have done any research about breast implants, you probably know there are three basic types: saline, silicone gel, and structured. All three have solid silicone shells that hold their filling in place. If this silicone shell is broken, the filling will begin to leak out. Breast implants with saline inside will deflate and the saline is naturally absorbed by the body. Breast implants with silicone gel inside do not deflate like saline, but the silicone gel can slowly leak into surrounding breast tissue and may even migrate away from the breasts. Silicone gel cannot be absorbed by the body, so if a leak occurs it must be fully removed during surgery. A leaking silicone gel breast implant can be difficult to detect, causing what is known as a “silent rupture.” In order to detect a silent rupture the FDA recommends women with silicone gel breast implants get an MRI every few years for the life of the implant.
Women with saline breast implants have complained of wrinkles or ripples forming under the skin because saline is not as dense as breast tissue. Silicone gel breast implants give women a natural look because the filling is more stable. Women used to choose between these two breast implant options, being forced to pick between beautiful results and peace of mind about the status of their implant.
Now the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant offers a much needed third option. The IDEAL IMPLANT is filled with saline for a woman’s peace of mind. Ruptures are easily detected by looking at the breast, and the saline is naturally absorbed. However, because of the internal structure it gives women the same beautiful look they associate with silicone gel breast implants. Dr. Russell Babbitt tells us, “It is in my mind the best of both worlds, because it has the shape and the feel and the projection that you associate with a silicone gel implant, and the peace of mind that you associate with a saline implant.”
More Types Of Breast Implants
Within the categories of saline, structured, and silicone gel breast implants there are several other options you will see.
- Breast Implant Shape: Saline and structured breast implants are round, and when inserted can be rolled up to fit into a small incision. Silicone gel breast implants can be round or shaped to be narrow at the top and fuller at the bottom to offer a more subtle look. Some women prefer shaped breast implants, however, they can turn inside the breast pocket and look distorted. If this happens a surgery is needed to correct the problem. Round and shaped silicone gel breast implants come pre-filled and require a longer incision to place and remove if necessary.
- Breast Implant Texture: To address complications like rippling in saline implants, or turning in shaped silicone gel implants some have a rough texture on the silicone shell. Women should know that recent research suggests long-term complications can arise from textured breast implants and some plastic surgeons no longer offer them.
- Breast Implant Profile: High profile breast implant options will offer more fullness and projection. Moderate profile breast implants have a more subtle look. Because silicone gel breast implants are prefilled, your surgeon cannot adjust the fill during surgery. IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants are typically high profile implants, but they are filled during surgery. This gives your surgeon the ability to subtly adjust the fill to provide the look you want and address any asymmetry between your breasts.
Learn More About Your Options With Dr. Babbitt
Dr. Babbitt proudly offers all types of breast implants so that his patients can get the perfect results. He will also take the time to explain each type, informing you of the benefits and compromises of each. Only fact-based research should be used when researching breast implants. Educating yourself about your breast implant options will give you the ability to make empowered choices about your body. To schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Babbitt, contact his office today. Simply call 508-5567-3232 to get started.