Breast Lift with Augmentation: Saline or Silicone Gel Implants?
Many of Dr. Ary Krau’s Miami breast lift patients choose to combine the procedure with breast implants. By combining breast lift with implants, a woman can achieve fuller, younger-looking breasts and therefore a more beautiful, sexier physique. If you are considering combining the two procedures, there are two main types of breast implants you will have to choose from: saline and silicone gel. In this blog post, Dr. Krau shares the benefits and limitations of each.
Saline implants are placed into the breasts empty and then filled with sterile saline solution. In case an implant ruptures or leaks, the body safely absorbs the sterile solution, posing no harm to the patient’s health. Ruptures are easy to detect because the implant deflates and the breast looks flatter, allowing the patient to replace the implant right away if she chooses. Because the implants are not pre-filled, Dr. Krau uses a smaller incision to place them than he would with silicone implants.
As with all types of breast implants, saline implants come with limitations. Saline implants are more likely to fold or ripple within the implant pocket, causing a wrinkling effect on the breast skin.
Silicone Gel Implants
Silicone gel implants, both traditional and cohesive gel (“gummy bear”) implants are preferred by many of Dr. Krau’s patients because they tend to look and feel more natural than their saline counterpart. Silicone gel implants are pre-filled by the manufacturer with a thick silicone gel that mimics the movement of natural breast tissue. Because they are pre-filled, they require a slightly larger surgical incision for placement than saline implants. Silicone implants come in teardrop and round shapes. Teardrop implants, also known as “anatomically correct” implants, are less full at the top and fuller at the bottom. Round shaped implants offer a fuller projection on the upper portion of the breast.
The biggest drawback of silicone gel implants is that ruptures are harder to detect. The silicone-gel filling material stays intact within the implant pocket, making it difficult to detect a rupture. Most women with silicone gel implants are unaware of a rupture until they undergo an MRI or mammogram. While silicone gel is safe and poses no threat to the body, some women prefer saline implants over silicone implants because ruptures are easier to detect.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Krau
If you would like more information about saline or silicone breast implants, contact Dr. Ary Krau. He will discuss your aesthetic goals with you in detail before making a recommendation. Schedule a one-on-one consultation today by calling (800) 664-9714.