Breast Implant Filling Recommendations
Breast augmentation cosmetic surgery has emerged as the second most popular aesthetic surgery procedure after liposuction in the US. Improvements in the quality of breast implants have played an important role in making the procedure safer and more predictable. During the initial consultation for breast implant surgery, the plastic surgeon will explain all aspects of implants, and help the patient make the right choices.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hisham Seify is a well-known name in the field of breast surgery. Dr. Seify will discuss the pros and cons of both saline and silicone implants, and evaluate the appropriate size or volume options with the patient. He receives patients from Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding communities.
Filling of Saline Implants
Breast augmentation plastic surgery may be performed using saline or silicone gel based implants. While silicone implants come prefilled, and the volume cannot be adjusted later, but saline implants are deflated at the time of their surgical insertion into the breast tissue. Thereafter, the surgeon will fill the precise volume of saline liquid to create the appropriate breast size as needed by the patient.
It is important to choose a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon for breast implant procedure to ensure that the most effective choices are made in terms of breast implant type, size, profile, and texture, apart from incision placement and the position of implants. Patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and nearby locations have an opportunity to receive breast implant surgery from Dr. Seify.
Saline breast implants are identified by their lowest recommended volume. However, a majority of surgeons will fill the implant to its highest recommended volume. This should not be confused with the issue of “overfilling” of the implant. When a breast implant is filled to its highest recommended volume, it will usually perform better. The feel of the implant will improve, and the chance of implant failure will reduce.
An “underfilled” implant means that the implant has not filled up to its lowest recommended volume range, and an “overfilled” implant is the reverse of this condition. In both overfilled and underfilled implants, the risk of implant deflation, rippling, or a ball-like effect will increase. If the volume is more or less by at least 15% than the recommended volume, the risk of implant failure goes up significantly.
Volume and Implant Profile
Implant profile is a vital aspect of the overall aesthetics of breast implants. At the time of pre-op planning and preparation, the surgeon will determine the most desirable size and profile of implants in accordance with the patient’s breast anatomy and her personal aesthetic needs. The implant profile will be impacted by the amount of volume in a saline implant.
Recommended volume ranges in saline implants are defined on the basis of the width of the base of the implant. In case of wider breast implants, a larger volume can be filled. This is typically true for implants with a moderate or medium profile. The fill range becomes much higher in case of high profile implant devices as compared to moderate profile implants.