Breast Implants Overview – Newport Beach | Orange County
Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a premier practice providing a wide range of plastic surgery procedures. Led by Dr. Hisham Seify, who is a board certified plastic surgeon, the practice ensures that patients receive safe, effective, and proven treatments. Patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA and nearby areas can receive cosmetic surgery treatments for breast implants, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, and several other procedures.
What is Breast Implant Procedure?
Breast augmentation or breast implant procedure has emerged as one of the most sought after procedures performed by a cosmetic surgeon. The procedure involves the surgical placement of saline or silicone gel based breast implants to make the breasts appear larger and fuller. The procedure may be performed for cosmetic breast enhancement for patients who are unhappy with the existing size of their breasts, or have moderately asymmetrical breasts.
Patients who have lost breast tissue due to mastectomy or injury may also benefit from breast implant procedure. Dr. Seify provides state of the art breast augmentation surgery to patients in and around Newport Beach and Orange County, CA. Breast implants are not meant to correct the condition of drooping or sagging breasts. This condition can be correct with breast lift surgery. In some cases, breast augmentation and breast lift may be performed together for more effective outcome.
Breast Implant Types
The FDA has approved saline solution based implants as well as silicone gel based implants for breast enhancement. Saline implants are approved for women in the age group of 18 and above, while silicone implants are approved for women in the age group of 22 and above. Patients can choose the type of implants that are more suited their aesthetic needs. The decision can be taken in close consultation with the plastic surgeon who can explain the pros and cons of both types of implants and help the patient make an informed choice.
Breast implants are also available in different textures and sizes to match with the aesthetic goals of different patients. Shape of the implants may also be round or tear shaped, and the patient can make the right choice in consultation with the surgeon. Size of the implants should ideally be in proportion to the rest of the body in order to achieve best results. Skin elasticity, body type, and breast anatomy of the patient are other factors that will affect the choice of implants.
The saline implant shell is filled with a sterile salt solution. The saline solution is filled inside after the implant has been placed inside the breast. This allows for a smaller incision in the breast to insert the implant. The volume of the saline solution can be adjusted as the desired shape, firmness and feel of the breast. The advantage with saline implants is that in case of rupture or leakage, the saline solution gets absorbed naturally inside the body. The biocompatible solution does not pose any risk to the patient.
Silicone implant shell contains a highly cohesive and elastic silicone based gel. The feeling and movement of this gel mimics the effect of the natural breast tissue. If the implant shell suffers a rupture or leakage, the highly cohesive silicone gel will usually not escape the shell. In rare cases, it may happen that the patient does not come to know of a leakage, if the implant does not collapse. Periodic breast screenings are recommended to ensure that any kind of damage or leakage can be detected easily.
As an experienced cosmetic surgeon for breast augmentation, Dr. Seify explains the strengths and limitations of both types of implants to his patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA and surrounding communities. New and innovative qualities in implants are introduced from time to time, and patients have wider choices today for FDA approved breast implants.
Advantages and Limitations
Risk of capsular contracture is inherent to the breast augmentation procedure, whether the patient chooses saline or silicone gel based implants. However, safety standards for both types of implants are high, and both have eared FDA’s approval. In case of saline implants, the size can be adjusted in the future, depending on the changing preferences of the patient. This can be done simply by adding or removing the saline solution from the implant by inserting a needle through a tiny valve in the implant.
In case of silicone gel implants, the advantage is that many patients perceive them to be more natural looking and having a more natural breast-life feel. The highly viscose composition of silicone gel makes it safe because the gel will not escape from the implant shell so easily even after damage to the implant.