Over 300,000 women choose breast enhancing surgery with breast implants each year.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, breast implant surgery was exceeded only by liposuction (fat removal) procedures. The latest figures available report that over the last 15 years, the number of breast augmentation procedures has grown by 300%. It is now safer and more attainable than ever before.
- On This Page:
- Are breast implants safe?
- How do I choose if I want silicone breast implants or saline breast implants?
- I prefer silicone breast implants – but what type?
- Will I have a scar? What about scar-less surgery?
- I am feeling overwhelmed – how do I know what is best for me?
- What are my breast implant options in Houston?
What are my breast implant options in Houston?
There are a multitude of different breast implant options out there. It can be extremely confusing trying to figure out what is right for you. For this reason and more, it is very important to consult with an experienced breast implant surgeon that can help guide you to the right choice. Houston based plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Correa received complete training in Plastic Surgery, is Allergan Academy Certified and is Mentor Memory Shape Certified. In addition, he is approved to use Sientra breast implants.
Are breast implants safe?
Having a safe surgery is one of Dr. Correa’s most important goals for every patient at his office. Breast implants have had their share of negative media coverage. There was a concern during the 1990’s that silicone breast implants may cause connective tissue disease. At that time, the FDA withdrew silicone breast implants from the market. Since then, numerous scientific studies have been completed demonstrating the safety of silicone breast implants for cosmetic breast augmentation. For this reason, the FDA removed the ban on breast implants in 2006, thus allowing women age 22 or older to once again have the option to utilize silicone for breast augmentation.
How do I choose if I want silicone breast implants or saline breast implants?
There are several important differences between silicone breast implants and saline breast implants. One of the most important differences is the way the implants feel. Silicone implants tend to have a more “natural” feel to them and feel more like normal breast tissue than saline. However, not all silicone implants are the same, and some can be firmer and less natural feeling. When you schedule your consultation with Dr. Correa for breast augmentation, he will have examples of the different implants for you to feel the difference. If you’re looking for breast implants, Dr. Correa can help you choose which will work best for you.
Which implant you prefer can factor into what type of incision is best. Or vice versa, if a particular incision is very important to you, then it may guide which breast implant is best for you. For example, if you prefer an incision in the armpit, then a saline implant is typically used. Or, if you prefer an anatomic silicone breast implant, then typically an incision under the breast is used.
Another important difference is how the implants behave when a rupture occurs. All breast implants carry a small risk of rupture. Although the idea of a breast implant ‘rupturing’ sounds dangerous, it is rarely an emergency and is usually painless. If saline ruptures, this is generally immediately apparent because the saline water can be absorbed by the body and the breast becomes noticeably smaller. A silicone implant can also rupture, but often is unnoticed because the implant still largely retains its shape. If you have had previous breast implant surgery and are concerned about a possible breast implant rupture, schedule a consultation with Dr. Correa to be evaluated and determine if breast revision surgery is necessary. It is important to him that you receive the safest results possible.
I prefer silicone breast implants – but what type?
The large number of options for silicone breast implants can be overwhelming. The best way to find out which are suitable for you is to learn the effects each one can create. Here are some of the differences in breast implant types:
Round vs Shaped Breast Implants
- Round breast implants are just as their name implies: they have a circular shape to them. If you desire a relatively large augmentation, using a round implant can lead to a more sculpted or ‘augmented’ look with more dramatic cleavage.
- Shaped breast implants (also called “Anatomic Breast Implants”) have more of a teardrop shape to them to mimic the natural “footprint” of the breast. With these breast implants, even with a relatively large augmentation the breast maintains a more ‘natural’ shape and is less conspicuous.
Textured vs Smooth Breast Implants
- Texturing refers to the outer layer of the implant. Even though you can feel the difference if you hold the implants in your hand, you cannot feel the texturing once the breast implants are placed in the breast.
- All shaped breast implants are textured – the texturing helps the implant stay in the same position and not move around. This is important because when the implant is tear-drop shaped you want it to hold its position in order to maintain a natural shape to the breast.
- If you have never had a breast augmentation before and prefer a round breast implant, then a smooth implant is often best because it is able to move with the rest of the breast leading to a more natural result.
- Round breast implants that are textured are typically reserved for revision breast implant surgery when a patient has had a problem with a smooth implant moving where it shouldn’t.
Will I have a scar? What about scar-less surgery?
Although you may see infomercials or advertisements for “scar-less surgery,” unfortunately, there is no such thing. Any time an incision is made in the skin, a scar will result. The goal is to have a scar that is inconspicuous. This is why it is important to choose a plastic surgeon that has completed an ACGME-certified residency in Plastic Surgery, such as Dr. Correa.
When considering breast implant surgery, there are 3 main options for incision location:
Hidden under the breast (“Inframammary Fold” or “IMF”)
This is the most common choice made by patients for breast implant surgery. It is well-hidden, and provides optimal access for Dr. Correa to shape and place the implant in your breast. It is also very versatile – any type of breast implant can be placed through this incision.
Hidden around the areola (or “Periareolar”)
This is also an excellent option, but depending on the size of your areola it may limit the size or type of implant that can be placed. For example, if you have a very small areola then only a small silicone implant can be placed through this incision – or you could opt for a saline breast implant if you prefer a larger augmentation but still want a periareolar incision.
Hidden in the armpit (or “Transaxillary”)
Many patients prefer this incision because there is no incision placed on the breast. This is a very good reason to choose this incision, but typically only the saline breast implant can be implanted using this incision type.
I am feeling overwhelmed – how do I know what is best for me?
It is easy to feel overwhelmed with options. Between incision location, breast implant type, shape and brand, there are a lot of things to consider. For this reason and more, it is important to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon proficient in breast implant surgery.
Although the technical ability of your plastic surgeon to re-shape and beautify your breasts is important, it is equally important to have a plastic surgeon that you feel you can communicate with effectively. You need to be able to talk to your plastic surgeon and feel that your needs are being heard, and that things are being explained in a way that make sense to you. Dr. Correa prides himself on his ability to listen to patients’ wishes and respond in a way that both informs and instills confidence in you that you both have the same vision and goals. In this way, he hopes to give you the best results possible.