Your Breast. Your Option.

Women of any age can have an augmentation, to increase the size or improve the shape of their bust.

Choosing the type of implant that is right for you is a collaborative process between you and your plastic surgeon said, Dr. Garo Kassabian. You will discuss your concerns and desired outcome and he or she will, in turn, make recommendations about what is achievable, how and why.

Dr. Kassabian reviews the types of implants available, such as texture and shape for the most beautiful outcome.

Texture

Pre-filled silicone implants contain a cohesive gel with a strong bond that prevents the silicone from migrating through the body in the rare event the implant leaks or ruptures. There are two types of shells available for these implants: smooth and textured. The latter has been shown in studies to reduce the rate of hardening of tissue around an implant, which the body perceived as a foreign object. The surgical community has differing opinions on the relative benefits of both types varieties. Discuss these with your surgeon.

Saline implants are silicone shells that are filled with saline (salt water) at the time of surgery, and so smaller incisions are required than with pre-filled silicone implants. In standard breast augmentations, the port through which saline is inserted into empty silicone shells until the implant reaches it desired dimensions. The port is then sealed off. When breasts are reconstructed after mastectomy, tissue expanders are used to make room for implants. The volume of saline is adjusted as the tissue expands until the desired size of the new breast is achieved.

SHAPES

Teardrop shaped implants contain more volume at the bottom to mimic the breast’s natural slope. They thus give a natural look but a disadvantage can be that if the implant shifts or rotates it can distort the appearance of the breast.

Round implants provide the upper breast with more volume and are the most widely used in surgery. They provide more fullness and cleavage and won’t rotate.

Speak with your surgeon to better understand all the options available for you.  For more information or for a personal consultation with board certified plastic surgeon & expert injector, Dr. Garo Kassabian, call 310-285-0400 or visit www.liftmd.com.

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