Breast augmentation is one of the most customizable cosmetic surgery procedures, providing an opportunity to create breasts of a desirable size and shape. A wide range of choices in breast implant types, sizes, and shapes is available, and the patient can make a choice in sync with her aesthetic and anatomical needs.
At the time of pre-op consultation, the breast surgeon will discuss various breast implant options, and help the patient to make an informed choice. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Amir Nasir provides breast augmentation and other procedures to patients in New Haven, Westport, CT, and surrounding communities.
Classification of Implants
Breast implants are mainly classified into two primary categories: saline implants and silicone gel implants. While the outer shell in both types is created with a pliable silicone material, the inner core will differ in both cases.
Saline implants were first approved by the FDA for breast augmentation plastic surgery, and they have continued to remain a traditionally popular choice ever since. Women above the age of 18 are eligible to receive these implants, which have a saline solution in their core.
The advantage is that the saline solution can usually be filled into the implant after it has been placed in the breast tissue in a deflated condition. This allows for a relatively smaller incision to place the implant. Secondly, the saline solution is fully biocompatible, and in the event of any implant damage, the leaked saline solution will get safely absorbed by the body in a natural way, causing no harm to the patient’s health.
Silicone implants were approved later by the FDA, but once their safety was established, their popularity has exceeded that of saline implants. These are cosmetically superior and more natural looking implants. The implant core is constituted of soft silicone gel, which is highly viscous and provides a natural touch and feel of the breast tissue.
Women above the age of 21 are eligible to receive silicone implants. Silicone implant qualities have dramatically improved over the years. Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Nasir receives patients from New Haven, Westport, CT, and nearby areas for breast implants.
Form Stable Implants
Ultra cohesive form stable implants, popularity called Gummy Bear implants are a more recent introduction in breast implants. These implants include a highly cohesive silicone gel core, which has a superior consistency. This core allows the implant to retain its natural shape and form even under pressure.
Due to the high thickness of the silicone gel, there is no risk of leakage to other areas of the body in the event of implant damage. That makes these implants very appealing both from safety and aesthetic perspectives.
Breast implants are available in sizes ranging from 120 cc to 960 cc. The patient can choose a size appropriate to her unique needs. Implant shapes can be anatomical or round, and choices are also available in implant profiles. Implant surface may be plain or textured, depending on the specific requirements of the patient.
Dr. Nasir is a Cosmetic Surgeon in Fairfield County serving the towns of Westport and Fairfield locally as well as surrounding communities. We also serve patients from all over Connecticut, regionally, including many from New York City, as as well as international patients.