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Saline Vs. Silicone Implants

Saline Vs Silicone Implants
For the uninitiated, breast augmentation might seem like a confusing and overwhelming process. In addition to considering financial concerns and other potential complications, there are several different choices to make when it comes to the implants themselves. To help people who are considering a breast augmentation, this article will explain the differences between the two main types of implants, saline and silicone.

While both types of implants are made of an outer silicone shell, they are filled with materials which create their own unique look and feel.

Saline Implants

Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. The implants are placed through a small incision under the breast, on the areola, through the belly button, or through the underarm. They are rolled up and placed into the breast before being filled with saline.

Women must be 18 or older before they can have a breast augmentation with a saline implant. For breast reconstruction, saline implants are available at any age.

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are are filled with a cohesive silicone gel. This substance mimics the properties of the breast, producing a more natural look and feel when compared to saline implants. The cohesive gel stays together and does not ooze, earning the nickname “gummy bear”.

These implants are available to women 22 and older for breast augmentation. As with silicone implants, they are available to women of any age for breast reconstruction.


Both implants have a chance of rupturing, which will affect the size and shape of the implant. While there is no mortal danger with a rupture in either implant, there are a few things to consider with both types.

If a saline implant ruptures, the liquid will leak out of the implant and be absorbed by the body. The saline solution is harmless, so there is nothing to fear if this happens. However, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the silicone shell. This will give you the opportunity to replace the implant, if you so desire.

Silicone implant ruptures are much harder to detect. This is due to a particular property of silicone implants which causes the leaking silicone gel to remain in the fibrous tissue, or capsule, which forms around the implant. It is called a silent rupture because it is so difficult to detect. Women who choose silicone implants are required to undergo an MRI scan three years after the implant surgery, and then every two years following to check for silent ruptures.

While silicone gel is not associated with long-term or systemic health problems, it is possible for the implant to cause breast pain or even visible changes in the shape and contour of the breast. If these complications arise, your doctor will most likely recommend removing the implant, at which point a new implant may be placed.

Not all people may find that the implant is worth removing, however. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons of removing the implant with your doctor if a silent rupture is detected.

Other Factors To Consider

Saline implants require a much smaller incision compared with silicone implants. Because they are filled after being placed, the doctor can check breast symmetry visually and adjust accordingly.

Saline implants tend to produce a more rounded look compared with silicone implants, especially in thinner women with lower amounts of breast tissue. They feel similar to a water balloon.

Silicone implants have less chance of wrinkling or rippling. They are often the best choice for women who have undergone a mastectomy, or require an over-the-muscle placement. They are also an excellent choice for very thin women with very little breast tissue.

Silicone implants are more expensive than saline implants.

Once you are ready to choose your implants, visit Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery to schedule your next appointment.


The Benefits of Breast Augmentation

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Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures worldwide. While several patients choose breast augmentation surgery to improve the size and shape of their breasts, there are many other benefits as well.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Good candidates for breast augmentation surgery include:

  • Women who are displeased with the size and shape of their breasts
  • Women whose breasts have never developed
  • Women who need a breast lift due to having a breast reduction
  • Women who have asymmetrical or deformed breasts
  • Women whose breasts have significantly changed after childbirth or breastfeeding
  • Women whose breasts have been damaged or misshapen due to an accident

All of these problems can be corrected with a combination of breast augmentation, breast lift, and in some cases, breast reconstruction.

Boost Your Self-Esteem

In addition to the above benefits, breast augmentation can be a tremendous boost to one’s self-esteem. Most patients report feeling substantially more confident, improving their quality of life both personally and professionally. Moreover, many patients experience a significant Improvement in their sex lives as well.

The Procedure

For best results, you will need to take the highest postoperative care. This includes:

  • Always wearing a supportive bra
  • Keeping the affected area safe from UV rays
  • Performing regular massage on your breasts to ease the pain and stimulate circulation

Recovery Time

Your recovery time may vary, but it will typically take one to two weeks for the pain and swelling to subside. Be sure to take time off accordingly, and have friends or family members near to aid you in your recovery.
For those who may need additional procedures such as a breast lift, it’s best to discuss the additional recovery time with your surgeon prior to the procedure.

Schedule a Consultation

If a breast augmentation sounds right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Chiu today. Here at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Inc, our caring and experienced staff are the leading experts in the industry, and are happy to answer any personal questions you might have regarding your breast augmentation: one of our most popular, highest-reviewed procedures.


Can Breast Augmentation Look Natural?

Breast Augmentation Natural Look
In typical conversation, breast augmentation is thought of as an unnatural enlargement. But this is simply the prevailing notion brought about by Hollywood actresses. The truth is that natural breast augmentation is very attainable nowadays. These are the choices and factors you will have to consider before the breast augmentation process.

Implant Type and Shape

Generally, silicone implants have a more natural look and feel, but a skilled plastic surgeon is capable of making saline implants look and feel just as natural. An expert placement of a saline implant in just the right place and in just the right size will have very similar results compared with silicone implants.
Another option for a natural look is the cohesive-gel implant. With thicker silicone inside, cohesive-gel implants have a firmer feel than regular silicone implants. They come in a wide variety of sizes for any anatomy. Their tear-drop shape mimics the natural shape and slope of the breast. The downside is that cohesive-gel implants require much larger incisions, since they are more difficult to deform and squeeze into a tight opening.

Natural Breast Tissue

Your initial amount of natural breast tissue will greatly impact how natural the end result will be. The less natural tissue, the more difficult it will be to create a natural look. If this describes you, a silicone implant will be a better choice. This is due to a thicker shell which may be more visible with saline implants.

Placing the Implant

Breast implants will look better with a significant amount of natural tissue to cover them. But some do not have sufficient natural tissue for this to work.For this reason, placing the implant partially under the pectoral muscle might be the best method for the natural look. There, are however, a few things to consider with this method:
• Flexing of the pectoral muscle may temporarily change the shape of the implant.
• Implant sit higher at first, settling into position anywhere from six weeks to six months.
• There may be discomfort immediately following the operation. While recovery periods vary depending on your physician’s recommendations, most can expect a return to normal activity in approximately a week.

Implant Size

The size of the implant plays a large part in how natural the breasts appear. Large implants take a longer time to settle in place and feel natural; larger saline implants may never even reach this point. Make sure to feel and note the between the implants yourself when you go to your consultation.

You should consider the ratio of natural breast tissue compared with the amount of implant material. If the ratio favors the implant over the natural tissue too much, expect it to feel unnatural.

Implant Texture

Textured implants reduce movement in the pocket when compared with smooth implants. This feature reduces the odds of the implant wrinkling and repositioning. However, these implants also require much longer incisions than smooth implants (though not as long as the incisions for cohesive-gel implants).

Post-Procedure Massage

Once the implant is in place, regular massages following the procedure can further ensure a natural look and feel for the implant. Massaging creates a capsule around the implant, allowing for more natural movement. Ask your surgeon, as some implants should not be massaged.

If you think a natural breast implant is the right choice for you, contact Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery.


Types of Breast Augmentation

Types of Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentations can increase confidence and can make you feel better about yourself and can help you when you would like to make a change. You should think about which type of breast augmentation would be best for you and the kind you think you can afford. Talking to a plastic surgeon with good customers reviews can help you to decide whether or not a breast augmentation can be right for you.

Saline Breast Implants

If you are considering saline-filled implants, you should know that they are filled with a saline solution, or sterile salt water. Saline breast implants may feel less like real breasts, but they also pose less of a risk if they happen to leak. They can also cost a little bit less and have been approved by the FDA in terms of safety. You might expect to pay up to $5,000 to $10,000 when you choose to have implants put in, so you might want to keep that in mind when you are considering what type you might want to have done and what you will be most comfortable with.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone implants are filled with cohesive silicone gel, which holds together and does not ooze into the body or spread. It stays together and has a consistency similar to gummy bears- which is where the nickname comes from. They are approved for all patients over 22 and any patient undergoing a reconstruction. The FDA has studied them and believes they are as safe as saline implants. The implant companies stand behind the product and offers a lifetime warranty against rupture or leak. One of the best ways to know whether this is the right type of surgery for you is to see customer reviews and to talk to someone who has been through the process so you know whether it is right for you.

Breast Lift Surgery

Many don’t realize that breast implants don’t help with breasts that might be drooping. Some patients choose to have both implants and a lift done in order to get the breasts that you want and that can give you more confidence. Your plastic surgeon will most likely be willing to talk to you about both options and to see what would be best for you. A good plastic surgeon will be honest with you and will let you know what options might suit you and what you will need in order to get the look you want.

Consider What Works for Your Lifestyle

Overall, you should think about the kind of lifestyle you have and what kind of breast implants would fit in with what you do on a daily basis. Talking to a professional can help you find the best surgery for you and your budget. If you’d like to discuss your options with a professional, contact Dr. Chiu today.


The Five Most Common Misconceptions About Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation
Whether through Hollywood actresses or press, the truth about breast augmentation has been skewed quite a bit since practices first began to offer it. If you have considered breast augmentation, chances are that some of these misconceptions have factored into your decision-making process. To help clarify the matter for you, this article will examine some of the myths that have been circulating, and explain why they should not be a concern.

1. All Implants Look Fake

In the early days of breast augmentation, the characteristic look which everyone chose was the big and obvious look. This look is what most people now associate with breast augmentation. While it is certainly true that some women still prefer this particular look, it is not the only option available. Most women will actually choose implants that provide more natural-looking enhancements. In fact, many surgeons understand this and have become quite skilled at creating the most natural look possible. With newer innovations since the inception of breast augmentation, many women have been undergone subtle augmentations proportionate to their own bodies.

2. Implants Must Be Large

Recently, our conceptions of beauty have been shifting. More and more women now prefer a more realistic notion of beauty to the older, fake look. Plastic surgeons have picked up on this trend, and responded with smaller, proportionate implants.
They have also developed several other innovations to keep up with this trend. Vectra 3D imaging, for example, has made sizing a more exact process. These machines create three-dimensional images of a patient’s body, which may then be manipulated on a computer to give the patient an accurate representation of how each implant will look. This technology makes it much easier to create the exact look that they want, without having to worry about repercussions afterward.

3. Implants Change Your Lifestyle

Like any surgery, breast augmentation requires a significant amount of time for recovery. But after this timeframe (which your surgeon will give you), it is possible to resume regular activities, and even more adventurous activities including scuba diving and parachuting.

4. Silicone Implants Are Dangerous

While there have been complications and debates over the older models of silicone implants, the newer silicone gel implants are perfectly safe. In fact, silicone gel implants have been approved by the FDA for women age 22 and older. Their track record has been established by studies which have found that the new model is comparable to saline implants, which have been used for 40 years and counting. Best of all, they create a far more natural look and feel compared with older implants.

5. Breast Implants Are Permanent

Some people might fear that getting a breast augmentation is a permanent choice. While a breast augmentation should be carefully considered, the permanence of the procedure should not be a concern. Some patients choose to keep their implants for the rest of their lives. Others choose to exchange their implants, many of them tired of the old, fake look. They undergo a much easier and less invasive process compared with the original surgery. Others change their mind and remove the implants completely. The choice is entirely up to you.

We hope this helped make your decision-making process a little easier. If you would like to schedule a breast augmentation procedure, please contact Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery.