Breast Implant Options Are Expanding

Breast implants are used in more than 300,000 breast augmentation procedures and more than 100,000 breast reconstruction procedures annually in the United States with the goal being to help the patient achieve an aesthetically pleasing result.

 Currently, there are FDA approved saline and silicone breast implants made by The Mentor , Allergan and Sientra Corporations. 

The question of which breast implant to choose will depend on the patient's goals and starting anatomy. 

For those patients wanting options that will give them extra fullness and less chance of rippling, they now have more choices in front of them.

For those patients wanting more filled silicone gel breast implants but still want the soft feel, The Mentor XTRA breast implant may be the best choice. 

The Allergan INSPIRA silicone gel breast implant is an example of an implant specifically focused on a high gel fill ratio for reduction of rippling but does result in a more firm breast implant.

Overfilled saline breast implants may be good options for :
            -those wanting upper fullness and/or enhanced cleavage area

            -patients with low BMI and/or fitness oriented

            -patients with thin skin to overcome potential wrinkling and rippling

 

How does the plastic surgeon choose which breast implant to use?

The surgeon’s experience is a key determining factor - 3 dimensional planning is also important as well as clear communication of the patient’s goals

Dr. Pousti has experience with all manufacturers, sizes, profiles of breast implants - schedule an appointment to be evaluated and for the most accurate advice.

Author
Tom Pousti MD

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