A Closer Look at the Different Types of Breast Implants and Procedures

One of the beautiful things about women is that each one is different. From hopes and dreams to your tastes and your body, your uniqueness is what makes you who you are. With individuality comes varying needs, especially when it comes to plastic surgery. Women who are unhappy with the effects of age, pregnancy, and weight on their bust have many options to consider as they look into breast enhancement surgery. Here’s a look at the different types of breast implants and procedures that cater to different women based on personal preference and body types.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone implants result in the most natural look and feel for women who choose this option for breast enhancement. Because of the way the silicone gel flows in its shell, it closely resembles real breast tissue. The FDA has approved silicone implants for breast augmentation in women age 22 and up, as well as for breast reconstruction in women of any age.

Silicone is a sticky substance that is not easily absorbed into the body. When a silicone implant leaks, the gel can get trapped inside the breast and cause pain and changes in the breast’s appearance. It is often referred to as a ‘silent rupture,’ because it is hard to detect from the outside. To remedy this, the FDA recommends women with these types of breast implants get an MRI three years after their initial augmentation surgery, and then every two years after that.

Saline Breast Implants

This option is often thought of as the safest choice for breast augmentation because saline is simply sterile salt water. If any leakage were to happen, the body would easily absorb the saltwater solution, and there would be no cause for concern. The FDA has approved saline breast implants for women as young as 18.

While they do provide peace of mind, saline implants do not offer quite as natural of a look as silicone. The implant resembles a water balloon in that it does not have a definite structure. For women with areas of very thin skin, a rippling effect may be visible due to the implant’s own tendency to wrinkle.

IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants

If you want the safety and security of saline without sacrificing the natural feel of your breasts, the new IDEAL IMPLANT may be right for you. The IDEAL IMPLANT is unique in its design. Although it is filled with saline, it has multiple inner chambers and shells to give it the structure that regular saline implants lack. The body-friendly saline solution makes the IDEAL IMPLANT a worry-free option that still allows women to achieve the natural look and feel they desire for their breasts.

If you are thinking about getting breast implants in Lubbock, consider yourself lucky to have one of the nation’s best plastic surgeons in your own backyard. Dr. Jane Rowley is the only plastic surgeon in Lubbock to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT and is one of the top three in the country.

If These Types of Breast Implants Don’t Work for You, Consider a Breast Lift

If breast implant surgery does not feel like the right fit for your needs, a breast lift might be able to provide the results you want. A lift restores the breasts’ youthful appearance by repositioning the breast tissue, tightening the skin, and moving the nipple to a more natural looking location. Women who experience unwanted flattening or elongating of the bust are good candidates for this procedure. Breastfeeding, age, gravity, and weight loss can all take a toll on the breasts, but it does not have to be permanent. This surgery can also have beneficial results for some patients when it is combined with a breast augmentation. Dr. Rowley wants all of her patients to be happy with their plastic surgery results, so she takes the time to thoroughly discuss and set clear expectations for each patient.

Breast Reduction

Not every woman wants a bigger bust. For those who experience back, neck, and shoulder pain because of their large breasts, a breast reduction can relieve discomfort. Other benefits of the procedure include improved mobility and increased confidence. Breast reduction patients are some of Dr. Rowley’s most satisfied clients because of the dramatic, instant life changes they enjoy after surgery.

Women interested in breast implants in Lubbock have several options to consider. The different types of breast implants include saline-filled, silicone-filled, and the new IDEAL IMPLANT. Saline implants have a water balloon-like shape but are safe if a rupture occurs. Silicone implants make the enhanced breasts look more realistic, but put the patient at risk for a silent rupture. The IDEAL IMPLANT combines the best of both options by providing a natural look with the security of saline.

Dr. Jane Rowley offers other breast procedures, including breast lifts and reductions. She is the leading board-certified plastic surgeon in Lubbock with over 20 years of experience. Call our office today to schedule a no-obligation consultation so we can help you achieve the cosmetic results you want.