Deciding to undergo breast augmentation is exciting for many women as they look forward to improved cleavage, better body proportions, and the sense of feeling like themselves -- only better. Many women go into their breast augmentation consultation with a general idea of how they hope to look and feel after surgery and recovery, but they may be unsure if silicone or saline implants would be the better choice. Because silicone implants make up more than two-thirds of all implants used in breast augmentation surgeries in the United States, here are three things to know and do regarding silicone breast implants as you prepare for your consultation and surgery.
Understand what the basics about silicone implants
The popularity of silicone breast implants has grown tremendously since 2006 when the FDA approved a new generation of silicone implants, replacing earlier implants from the 1990s. Silicone implants experienced a second surge in popularity in 2012 when new cohesive gel or “gummy bear” implants were approved by the FDA. Whether you choose traditional silicone implants or the new gummy bear type, both come prefilled with stable, medical grade silicone gel.
Silicone has a consistency and density that lends a more realistic look and feel to the breasts after augmentation when compared to saline and are also less likely to be associated with skin rippling on the sides of the breasts -- a telltale sign of breast augmentation. However, it is important to understand that to be eligible for silicone breast implants, the FDA requires patients to be 22 years of age or older.
Communicate clearly with your surgeon
Before your breast augmentation surgery, be sure to have a consultation with your plastic surgeon and allow time after your consultation for reflection and further research to be sure that you are making the best decisions for you. Your surgeon will evaluate your breasts and chest to determine the best options for your augmentation, but only after listening to your personal goals for surgery. While your surgeon will have an opinion about the best options for your procedure, your opinion is also important. Therefore, it becomes a collaborative effort to achieve your ideal appearance.
Your surgeon will allow you to feel free to ask any questions or address any concerns during your consultation and will be honest and clear in his or her communication with you. Be sure to ask your surgeon about his or her experience, board certification and training, and about their prior experience with breast augmentation. As much as you expect your surgeon to be honest with you, be sure to also be clear and direct when telling your surgeon about your medical history, medications, whether or not you smoke, and any prior surgical experiences. While there are risks associated with any type of surgery, careful planning, clear communication, and an experienced surgeon who takes your individual needs seriously are all necessary to achieve the best possible results.
Be safe from the start
Before undergoing breast augmentation, be sure to understand the safety of the procedure and about your implants of choice. The FDA offers a Summary of Safety and Effectiveness Data sheet for each type of approved implant, and your surgeon will also discuss the pros and cons of each type of implant you are considering, as well as the benefits and the risks of each. Your surgeon will also be able to provide you with the manufacturing information for the implants of your choice, and in the United States, for silicone implants, your surgeon will only be offering implants from Allergan, Mentor, or Sientra. Any implant from any other company is not FDA-approved.All of the plastic surgeons at Monarch Plastic Surgery wish to provide their patients with the best possible support, guidance, and superior surgical skill to provide safe and satisfying outcomes. We look forward to meeting with you for a consultation to discuss everything you need to know about silicone or saline breast implants and your other breast augmentation choices. To schedule your breast augmentation consultation, please call Monarch Plastic Surgery today at (913) 663-3838 or (816) 436-3262.