There are two basic types of breast implants. These implants can be filled with either saline or silicone. Saline is essentially intravenous fluid composed of a saltwater solution. Saline implants require smaller incisions and are generally less expensive. However, there are a number of downsides to using saline breast implants. Generally, they do not feel as authentic as silicone implants and are more likely to develop rippling under the skin.
Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel. They feel the most natural and are less likely to develop rippling under the skin. Gummy bear implants are a new type of silicone implant, which have a teardrop shape. These implants help shape the augmented breast.
Dr. Pirani can use any of the above breast implants to enhance a women’s breast shape and size. Your personal preferences, goals, and anatomy will determine which implant type Dr. Pirani uses to enhance your natural beauty.
During your breast augmentation consultation, Dr. Pirani will take numerous measurements of your chest and breasts. Based on your unique chest and breast measurements, he will select a range of breast implants of different shape, size, and projection that suit your body. Dr. Pirani will then take you through a thorough sizing session where you will try on these different implants under a special sizing bra. Together, you will choose the breast implants that best suit your body shape and expected surgical outcomes.
It is important to remember that it is not possible to guarantee a specific post-operative size in terms of bra sizes. Bra sizing varies greatly between different bra manufacturers. A size D in one brand can be a full C in another brand for example. Dr. Pirani encourages you to bring a close friend or partner with you to your sizing appointment if you would like their opinion.
Choosing breast implant shape can be complicated since manufacturers have so many styles in their line-ups. However, it is really only a matter of making a couple of choices. The first choice is the shape and the second choice in the profile. Shape refers to the actual breast implant shape (round or anatomical). Implant profile refers to the distance the implant projects off the chest wall. Breast implant shapes may either be round or anatomical (teardrop/contoured/shaped). Breast implant profiles include: low, moderate, and high. Dr. Pirani will review the shape and profile options with you and help you choose the best breast implants to suit your body.
In general, you can still have a mammogram after having an augmentation using breast implants. It is easier to see the breast tissue if the implant is placed under the muscle. If the entire breast cannot be adequately visualized, an MRI may be required.
In the first few days following the surgery, the breasts may appear red and unnaturally raised. Not to fear, your body will gradually adjust to the new breast implants. They will drop after around a week, giving you a more natural look and feel.
Breast implants can last up to 20 years. They are not permanent however, and will eventually need to be replaced.
The reason why silicone-based breast implants are preferred by most clients and prescribed by surgeons is because if they rupture in your body, a cohesive gel layer forms in order to prevent leakage of silicone into your body. Only an ultrasound is able to detect implant rupture. For this reason, regular check-ups are encouraged.
You may experience a diminished sensation around the nipples or breasts following breast augmentation surgery. It is a good idea to use some moisturizing lotion, preferably one that is rich in vitamin E to maintain the elasticity of your skin and keep sagging at bay.
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