Breast Implants: What Are My Options?

Choose Your Surgeon

Choosing a surgeon is one of the most important aspects of making your decision to have breast implant surgery.  The ideal surgeon combines experience and artistry with the patient’s unique goals. The Straith Clinic is a premier institution for plastic surgery, with over three decades of experience. The clinic is focused on listening to each patient’s perspective to establish a unique treatment plan that will provide the best results. The Straith Clinic is led by Dr. William Sabbagh, MD, FACS, a surgeon with years of experience and a track record for excellent results.

Saline or Silicone Implants?

Saline implants are breast implants that have a silicone outer shell that is filled with sterile saltwater.  Saline implants can feel heavier. They also may feel more noticeable to the touch under the breast or on the outer side of the breast.  If a saline implant ruptures, the breast will deflate and you will typically be aware of the rupture. Silicone breast implants have a silicone outer shell and are prefilled with silicone gel.  Silicone implants tend to have a softer, more natural feel. Therefore, they are less noticeable to the touch. If a silicone implant ruptures, you may not be aware. The breast will not deflate.  Instead, the scar tissue around the breast may contract and become firmer and more noticeable. Silicone implants cost slightly more than saline implants.

Under the muscle or above the muscle?

Breast implants can be placed in one of two locations – under the pectoralis major muscle or above the muscle.  The major benefit of placing a breast implant under the muscle is a decreased risk of capsular contracture. Capsular contracture is when the normal capsule surrounding an implant in the body becomes firm with excess scar tissue and the capsule contracts.  This causes the implant to ride higher on the chest and potentially become firm to the touch. Additionally, by placing a breast implant under the muscle, you allow more of your body’s own tissue to camouflage the transition from chest to the implant to achieve a more natural look.  A breast implant can be placed above the muscle, just under the breast tissue itself. This is also known as a subglandular implant placement. However, the higher risk of capsular contracture makes subglandular implant placement a less ideal option.

Talk to Dr. Sabbagh

If you are considering breast augmentation, the first step is having a conversation with a surgeon you trust. By talking with Dr. Sabbagh at Straith Clinic, he can review your expectations, goals, and concerns to help choose the right implant type for you. Silicone and saline implants are both FDA approved for breast augmentation. To make an appointment with Dr. Sabbagh call the office today!

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