Breast augmentation is still one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States today. With advances in plastic surgery, women now have more options available to them. But how do you know the right decision to make for your body? Take a look at the pros and cons of breast implants to help you decide.
Saline Breast Implants
- Saline breasts implants are filled with a mixture of salt and water inside a silicone shell. They only require a small incision on the breast, because the shell is filled with saline only after it is inside.
-Since saline are filled after incision, your plastic surgeon will be able to make minimal adjustments based on your pre-determined size to better provide you with your desired breast size.
- Saline breast implants may look stiff and unnatural.
- Over time they do have a tendency to create ripples and/or wrinkles in the skin.
- Women tend to gravitate towards silicone because they look and feel like real breasts.
- These implants provide a lower chance of creating ripples and/or wrinkles in skin.
- The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of silicone implants in women that are 22 years or older. If you are younger, you may want to wait some time before having surgery.
Cohesive Gel Breast Implants
-Unlike saline or silicone implants, cohesive gel implants hold their shape much longer.
- These breast implants also do not fold or ripple and because of this there is no need to worry about leaks. If an unlikely situation does arise where the shell breaks, the gel filling is mostly a solid and still will not leak from its shell.
-Since cohesive gel implants retain their tear drop shape, the breasts will conform to this shape. Not necessarily a con, but it is something to consider before committing to these implants.
The breast implant choice is one of the most important decisions you can make. With the help of Dr. John Sherman and his plastic surgery staff there are many resources available to make the process easier. To learn more about your options, contact our plastic surgery facility today.