Breast augmentation has been ranked as the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the US in 2015. The growing popularity has occurred, in part, due to the improved qualities of breast implants, which contribute to both safety and aesthetic appeal.
Board certified plastic surgeons at MBody provide breast implant surgery to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and surrounding locations.
Classification of Implants
Implants in breast augmentation plastic surgery can primarily be classified into two types: saline and silicone gel implants. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of both types of implants and help the patient make the right choice.
Saline breast implants have been approved by the FDA for women above the age of 18. These traditionally popular implants are filled with a saline solution, which gives them a natural shape, feel and firmness. In most saline implants, the solution can be filled after the implant is surgically placed in the breast. A smaller incision will be required to insert the implant in a deflated state.
Saline implants are completely safe because the saline solution will not cause any harm in the event of implant leakage or damage. In terms of cost, saline implants are the most affordable option available.
Silicone implants have been approved by the FDA for women above the age of 21. Over the years, their popularity has surpassed that of saline implants. The implant core is filled with silicone gel, which provides it a more natural touch and feel and consistency than a saline implant.
Leading plastic surgeons at MBody receive patients for breast implant surgery from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and nearby areas.
Form Stable Implants
Form stable implants, commonly known as gummy bear implants, are one of the latest FDA approved qualities in breast implants. These implants include a highly cohesive silicone gel core, which has a high density. As a result, these implants are able to maintain their form and shape even under pressure.
Secondly, the safety aspect is dramatically improved because the highly viscous silicone gel does not flow out to other areas of the body in the event of implant damage or leakage. For many people, these benefits of form stable implants have made them the first choice, even though these implants are costlier than regular implants.
Implant Shape, Size, and Texture
Breast implants are available in anatomical as well as round shape. Round implants will tend to make the breast appear fuller. The shape will remain same all over, which will reduce the risk of the implant rotating out of place. Anatomical shape offers the advantage of a tapered, natural looking projection.
Implants are available in sizes ranging from 120 cc to 960 cc, and in smooth and textured surface. Patients should choose an optimal combination in close consultation with their breast augmentation surgeon.
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