Over the last few decades, breast implants have taken the plastic surgery field by storm. Breast implants have been the most popular plastic surgery procedure for several years, outpacing other procedures like liposuction and “nose jobs.” As Scottsdale women start to consider getting breast implants, there are a wide range of questions, concerns, and decisions that need to be addressed. One of the most important decisions is the type of breast implant that the patient wants. This is not an easy choice to make, and it’s one that Dr. Meger spends a lot of time talking with our patients about during their preoperative consultations. If you’re considering breast implants, make sure that you call us today at (602) 957-6000. In the meantime, check out our page of Before-and-After breast augmentation photos to see Dr. Meger’s beautiful, natural-looking results for yourself.
After you call, you’ll get to talk with one of our incredible and very friendly staff. We love getting calls from our new Scottsdale patients, and we’re more than happy to talk with you about your questions and concerns. The next step in the process is to set up a convenient time for you to come into our comfortable and modern offices to meet with Dr. Meger in person. During the meeting, Dr. Meger will listen and take notes about what your goals are for the procedure and what you want your results to look like. He’ll also perform an examination so that he can make the best possible treatment recommendation. You may also try on some breast implant sizing bras to get a better idea of which size implants are best for you. If you’ve always wanted more cleavage, if you’ve finished breastfeeding and want your old breasts back, or if you’ve undergone a mastectomy, contact us today. We would be honored to help.
What Are the Different Types of Breast Implants?
Scottsdale women have more options than ever before when choosing the type of breast implants they want. If you’re at all confused about the different types of implants, you need not worry. Dr. Meger spends a significant amount of time talking with all of our patients about which type of breast implant is right for them.
Saline Breast Implants
Even though saline implants are the first generation of breast implants, they are still very popular. Saline implants actually have a tough, silicone shell and are inserted into the breast pocket in their deflated state. Once in place, they are inflated to the proper size with a sterile saltwater (saline) solution. Saline implants have a few important benefits. First, they are less expensive. Second, they require a smaller incision. Third, if they leak, you’ll know it immediately as the implant will deflate and your body will absorb the saline and expel it just like drinking a glass of water. However, saline implants also tend to feel harder and less natural. They also tend to show more “rippling” on the sides.
Silicone Breast Implants
Scottsdale women tend to choose silicone implants much more often. Silicone implants also have a very tough outer shell and are filled with a sticky silicone gel. These types of implants tend to feel more natural which is why women choose them. However, they are more expensive and if they leak it is very hard to tell. In fact, the FDA recommends women get MRIs twice a year to ensure their silicone implants are not leaking.
Cohesive Gel Breast Implants
The latest FDA-approved breast implants are called cohesive gel implants. They’re also commonly referred to as “gummy bear implants” because of how they feel. Gummy bear implants have quickly become the most popular because they have an even more natural feel than the older silicone implants. But just like other silicone implants, Scottsdale patients will need to get regular MRIs to ensure their implants aren’t leaking
Textured vs. Smooth Breast Implants
Scottsdale women are often shocked to discover that breast implants have two different outer textures: smooth and textured. Here’s why: one of the most common reasons for breast revision is something called capsular contracture.
After a breast implant is placed inside the breast pocket, the body encloses the implant in a protective case of soft scar tissue. However, over time this scar capsule can start to shrink or “contract.” This places extra pressure on the breast implant and can distort the way they look.
Textured breast implants were introduced because it was believed that they reduced the instances of capsular contracture. While there is conflicting medical research on this, patients have the option. Textured implants tend to be more “rigid,” but they usually don’t feel or look any different on the outside.
Changing the Size of Breast Implants
Scottsdale women that get breast implants often ask us if they can change their mind later about the size. One of the most important things that we communicate to all of our patients is to manage their expectations. Most patients don’t actually see their true, final results for several months after their procedure. The body needs time to heal and adjust and the implants have to “settle” into place.
However, the number one reason why women get breast revision surgery is to change the size of their breast implants.
How Long Do Breast Implants Last?
At least once or twice a week a Scottsdale patient will ask us if they’ll need to get their implants replaced after 10 years. This misconception comes from the manufacturer’s warranty on breast implants. Most manufacturers have a 10-year warranty on their implants. This means that if the implants fail within the first 10 years that they cover their replacement (make sure you talk with Dr. Meger about the specifics of this).
But the fact is that breast implants can sometimes last a lifetime. Others, however, don’t last as long. One of the most important factors is the quality of your surgeon. Which is why you need to call Scottsdale plastic surgeon, Dr. Meger today at (602) 957-6000. As a board-certified plastic surgeon and one of the most in-demand surgeons in all of Arizona, Dr. Meger has dedicated his life to mastering the art and science of plastic surgery. Get in touch with us today to get started.