Breast implants are a fantastic option for women who have small breasts, who have undergone a mastectomy, or whose breasts may have decreased in size from weight loss or breastfeeding. No matter your reasons for wanting breast implants, Phoenix patients can get a huge boost to their self-esteem and confidence from breast implants.
Phoenix plastic surgeon, Dr. Meger realizes that your decision to get breast implants is incredibly important and personal to you. We treat every single one of our patients with the highest respect and do our absolute best to make you feel comfortable from the moment you walk through our door.
If you have any questions or concerns, or if you just want to learn more about the breast implant procedure, give Dr. Meger a call today at 602-957-6000 to set up your consultation.
What Are Breast Implants?
Phoenix women who are unhappy with the size of their breasts can use a breast augmentation procedure, also called a mammoplasty, to enhance and add fullness to the breasts. There are two different types of breast implants: silicone implants that are pre-filled with a sticky gel; and saline implants that are inserted into the breast pocket and then filled with sterile salt water or a saline solution.
Also available are textured implants, designed to stay in place, and smooth implants.
What’s the Difference Between Silicone and Saline Breast Implants?
When you come in for your preliminary consultation, Dr. Meger will discuss in great detail the pros and cons of each option.
About Saline Implants: Pros and Cons
Saline implants have a silicone shell and are filled with sterile saltwater (saline). They are placed into the breast pocket empty and filled with saline in the operating room. They can be placed through a very small incision. Due to the fact that they are filled in surgery, small modifications in implant fill volume can be made to remedy distinctions in breast size.
Saline Implants Pros
If saline implants leak you will know about it immediately because the implant will quickly deflate. The leaked saline is simply absorbed by your body and eliminated just like a glass of water. Saline is also less expensive than silicone implants.
Saline Implants Cons
Some Phoenix women find that saline does not feel as natural as silicone. Dr. Meger can position the implant beneath the pectoralis muscle, making the difference in “feel” much less obvious. In addition, saline implants are more susceptible to rippling around the edges than silicone implants.
About Silicone Implants
Silicone implants have a strong silicone shell and are filled with silicone gel. While their fill volume cannot be adjusted at the time of surgery, many Phoenix women believe they feel more like natural breast tissue.
Silicone Implants Pros
The major benefit of silicone implants is that they are extremely comparable in consistency to breast tissue and oftentimes produce a more natural look. This is particularly crucial in women with minimal breast tissue protection over the implants.
Silicone Implants Cons
If a silicone implant leaks, the size will likely not change, making it more difficult to notice. This is why the FDA recommends an MRI every couple of years to look for any undetected leaks. Silicone implants are also more expensive than saline implants.
How Are Breast Implant Procedures Done?
When it comes to breast implant procedures, the main concern is the incision and there are three different types of incisions. Dr. Meger will discuss this decision at length during your consultation to ensure you end up with your desired results. The three types of incisions are:
- Inframammary – Made underneath the breast in the fold of skin, the scar can be hidden under clothing and is a popular choice for women who may want to breastfeed in the future
- Periareolar – Made around the nipple, this is the best option for hiding the scar but comes with an increased chance of losing nipple sensation.
- Transaxillary – Placed in the region of the armpit
We know that making the decision to get breast implants can be difficult. Please know that our entire staff is here to answer any questions, talk with you about your concerns, and help you determine the best course of action. Call our Phoenix office today at 602-957-6000.