If you are considering breast augmentation or reconstruction and are trying to decide between saline and silicone implants, it is to your benefit to fully understand the details of each option. Dr. Ramon Robles will thoroughly review saline breast implants with you at his Phoenix, AZ, cosmetic surgery practice. One benefit of saline breast implants is the variety of shapes and sizes to choose from, which helps accommodate various body types. To learn if saline breast implants are right for you, schedule your personal consultation today.
Saline implants consist of silicone shells which are filled with a sterile salt water solution after placement. Their many benefits include:
Smaller incision: Since saline implants are not filled until after they have been placed, Dr. Robles can insert them through much smaller openings than those for silicone implants. As a result, scar tissue is significantly minimized.
Reduced health risk: While silicone implants have been proven safe, there are still lingering concerns about potential health hazards in the event of a rupture. If a saline implant ruptures, however, patients can not only detect the problem immediately, but they are not exposed to potential problems such as pain or inflammation. The saline solution is naturally absorbed by the body, leaving the implant smaller, but the patient unharmed.
Wider patient availability: Since there is a reduced health risk with saline implants, they are available to patients 18 years of age and older for augmentation, and to women of any age for reconstruction.
Patients interested in augmentation or reconstruction must meet with Dr. Robles for a consultation. During this appointment, he will review your medical history, conduct a brief examination, and ask you about your treatment goals. Depending on your health, body type, and aesthetic hopes, he can make a recommendation as to which type of implant and implant shape may be right for you.
If you elect saline breast implants, the procedure for placement is much the same as that for silicone implants. The surgery typically lasts one to two hours and can be performed as an outpatient procedure. Although in some cases, an overnight stay at the hospital may be necessary.
Dr. Robles strategically creates each incision, to minimize the appearance of post-surgery scars.
Patients will first receive general anesthesia to ensure that they remain comfortable during surgery, then Dr. Robles makes the incision to place the implant. Depending on your body type, the shape of the implant, and the degree of enlargement, this incision may be placed in one of several positions: below the breast, under the arms, or around the nipple.
Dr. Robles strategically creates each incision, to minimize the appearance of post-surgery scars. Once the implant has been inserted through the incision, Dr. Robles inflates the silicone shell with saline solution until it reaches the desired size. The incision is then sutured closed, and you are taken to the recovery room.
After surgery, your breasts will be covered with gauze, and will need to be supported by a surgical bra for several weeks. In some cases, Dr. Robles may need to place drainage tubes to reduce swelling for the first few days. Patients should avoid any heaving lifting during the first six weeks after their procedure. Dr. Robles uses surgical techniques that allow for a rapid recovery.
With over 4,000 successful breast augmentation procedures performed, Dr. Robles has the experience to ensure a positive aesthetic outcome for every patient. Reach out today to find out whether saline breast implants are right for you.
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