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Breast Implant Options

by Dr. Daniel Lin

saline implantsDr. Daniel Lin is a board certified plastic surgeon providing breast augmentation among other procedures to patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, and nearby locations. Patient involvement in a cosmetic surgery procedure such as breast augmentation is important because of the choices in terms of breast implant types, incision placement and positioning of the implants. Dr. Lin addresses these issues to help the patient make the best decisions at the time of pre-op consultation.

Types of Implants

All breast implants are made up of an outer shell that is produced with silicone material. However, the inside core of the implant may include a saline solution or silicone gel. Both saline and silicone implants are approved by the FDA for breast enlargement.

Women above the age of 18 are eligible to receive saline implants, and those above the age of 21 are eligible to receive silicone implants. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Lin discusses the pros and cons of both types of implants with his patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar and nearby areas to help them make informed choices.

Implant Sizes and Shapes

Breast implants are available in different projections, sizes, shapes, and textures to suit the personal aesthetic needs of a patient. Projection refers to the distance between the chest wall and the tip of the implant. Implants are available in sizes ranging from 120cc to 960cc, and they can be round shaped or teardrop shaped.

The surface of the implant may be plain or textured. Successful outcomes in breast augmentation cosmetic surgery procedures will depend to an extent on the right choice of the implants. Therefore, the surgeon must engage closely with the patient to help them make the most appropriate implant choices.

Saline Implants

Saline implants are traditionally popular implants where the implant shell is filled with a sterile salt solution. The implants may be pre-filled, but in most cases, the solution is filled after the implant is inserted inside the breast. This helps the surgeon perform the procedure with a smaller incision.

The saline volume can be adjusted in accordance with the required size, firmness, and feel of the breast. Saline solution is biocompatible in nature, and in case of a leakage of implant damage, the patient is not at any risk because the body will naturally absorb the saline solution.

Silicone Implants

Ever since the FDA approval of silicone implants for breast augmentation, there has been a significant rise in the number of patients opting for these implants. Advancements in technology have made these implants as safe and effective as saline implants. The added advantage with silicone implants for many patients is that the touch and feel of these implants is more natural and mimics the natural breast tissue.

Some of the latest qualities of silicone implants are made of highly cohesive silicone gel core. This makes the implant very natural looking, and very safe in the event of an implant damage. The highly cohesive silicone does not flow out to other parts of the body and remains in its place.

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