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Breast Implants: Exploring Your Options

Breast implants in Santa Monica are the most popular plastic surgery for women. They have slowly risen in popularity over the last few decades as implants have become more natural looking. There have been some changes to breast augmentation procedures over the last several years, but the two main standards for breast implants are still saline and silicone. Here’s a breakdown of the main differences between these two different types of breast implants.

Saline Implants

Saline breast implants are generally about half as expensive as silicone gel implants. They range in size from 150cc to about 700cc. Once your doctor has placed saline implants within your breasts, he or she will fill them to the appropriate size using a small valve. This means that if your breasts are slightly different sizes to begin with, your doctor can adjust the implants so that the final result will be perfectly even.

Saline implants tend to be a little less soft and feel less natural than silicone gel implants. However, they also tend to be safer. If a saline implant ruptures, the implant will deflate and the saline within it will be absorbed into your body without causing any damage.

Silicone Implants

Rather than being filled with saline, silicone implants are filled with a semisolid gel that feels more natural and softer than saline. This more natural look tends to be more expensive, and size cannot be adjusted the way that saline implants can be adjusted. If you choose to get silicone implants, you’ll want to get them checked regularly by your doctor to ensure that they do not malfunction.

Other Options

Beyond types of implants, other decisions that you and your surgeon will make include whether to place the implants below your pectoral muscles or above them and where to make your implant incision. The incisions might be directly below your areolas, in the fold under your breasts, or in your armpits.

The best way to find out what type of implant procedure is best for you is to speak to a board certified plastic surgeon. In my Venice plastic surgery office, I meet with all my patients personally so that I can provide them with individualized, holistic care. Schedule your consultation today, and I will walk you through all of the options and help you determine what procedure makes the most sense for your body type, budget, and lifestyle.

AUTHOR

Michael A. Giuffrida, MD

After establishing a successful plastic surgery practice on the East Coast and accumulating over 20 years of experience, I decided to open a new office in Venice Beach. I'm thrilled to be here and cannot wait to work with new patients in Los Angeles. In my spare time, you’re most likely to find me at the yoga studio. I’m an avid yoga practitioner, and recently completed my 200-hour teacher training through the Yoga Alliance. I also enjoy surfing, cycling, and spending time with my two sons.

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