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Saline or Silicone Implants: Which is Right for You?

Breast augmentation can help women get the beautiful breasts they desire. However, before undergoing the procedure, you will need to decide on the right type of implant to fill out your breasts to your desired specifications. You can choose between saline or silicone implants depending on your specific needs and goals.

Details Behind Saline Implants

Saline implants contain sterile saltwater inside special shells. The FDA has approved the use of saline implants for women who are at least 18 years of age.

These implants can also be filled after placement during the surgery and are ideal for women want to fix issues with uneven breasts. The implants will help give you the uniform feel, density, and projection you desire in your breasts.

Saline implants are a great risk-free breast augmentation option that will help give you outstanding results. However, they are known to ripple more and provide a less natural feel than the silicone implant option.

Details Behind Silicone Implants

Silicone implants contain silicone gel. The FDA has approved its use in women who are at least 22 years of age.

Silicone implants provide a more natural look and feel that is comparable to natural breasts. These implants also ripple less than the saline option. Silicone implants, however, pose a greater risk to the body as it can cause an allergic reaction.

A more advanced silicone implant option is the form-stable or highly-cohesive implant. The silicone gel is a bit denser in this type of implant and for this reason, these are also called gummy bear implants.

Form-stable implants can hold their shape longer than other types of implants. If you want silicone implants, but in a teardrop shape (not round) then form-stable implants may be the right choice for you. They are also ideal for women who don’t have enough breast tissue to utilize other implant options.

If you have less breast tissue available, then choosing silicone implants in a teardrop shape may a better option for you. If you have a good amount of breast tissue available then you can easily opt for silicone implants in round shapes.

When choosing between round and teardrop silicone implants, you can also consider the projection as the deciding factor. Silicone implants in teardrop shape can make your breasts look natural with lower projection. If you wish for breasts with an elevated profile, you can choose round silicone implants.

Selecting the Right Breast Implant

If you wish to undergo a breast augmentation using implants, you should make sure to talk to an experienced plastic surgeon who has a history of performing the procedure with success. It is crucial that you talk to him about your needs and goals, and ask any questions you have about the procedure. It can help give you an idea of what to expect and make you feel more prepared.

Based on your unique requirements and existing breast size, your plastic surgeon can recommend the best implant option for you in terms of material as well as shape and projection. The procedure will be customized to fit your unique needs and bodily proportions.

Contact Our Office

You deserve to look and feel your absolute best. If the look of your breasts are causing you to feel anything less, it may be time to consider a breast augmentation to improve them. TO learn more about the procedure, contact our office to schedule a consultation with skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Lowen today.

New Law Requires Notice to Patients About Open Payments Database

Pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 1278, physicians will soon be required to provide a notice to their patients regarding the Open Payments database (Database), which is managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS.

Specifically, this new law requires physicians to do the following beginning January 1, 2024, a physician who uses a website in their medical practice must conspicuously post the same notice described below on their website.

Under this law, a violation of these requirements constitutes unprofessional conduct.

“For informational purposes only, a link to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments web page is provided here. https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/

The federal Physician Payments Sunshine Act requires that detailed information about payment and other payments of value worth over ten dollars ($10) from manufacturers of drugs, medical devices, and biologics to physicians and teaching hospitals be made available to the public.”

Beginning January 1, 2024, a physician who uses a website in their medical practice must conspicuously post the same notice described above on their website.

Under this law, a violation of these requirements constitutes unprofessional conduct.