Ten years ago, breast implants were much more different than they are today. In 2015, breast augmentation surgery was the second most popular cosmetic procedure with a whopping 306,000 surgeries done in the U.S. according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Nowadays, our options range from types of implants, to different sizes and shapes. While both Saline and Silicone implants are used, Silicone implants have experienced the most improvement. If you are looking to learn more about your breast implant options, Dr. Ramsey Choucair of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery is providing implants that are improving the lives of women everywhere.
- Saline implants have always been safe, but they do not give a natural look. These implants are filled with sterile salt water and may be either pre-filled or filled at the time of the surgery.
- Silicone implants are filled with soft, elastic gel and are available in a variety of shapes. This type of implant is pre-filled and sometimes require a longer incision for implant placement.
We hear about memory foam with mattresses, but memory gel has now come to the forefront for breast implants. The FDA approved cohesive gel silicone implants are an improvement on regular silicone images, with the benefit of working similarly to breast tissue. Other implants tend to feel liquidy, but memory gel creates a thicker and firmer look enabling the breast to hold it’s shape better. This isn’t suggesting the breast looks hard though, it holds together well and has the feeling and give of normal breast tissue. Although Memory Gel is new in the United States, it has been used in other countries for years.
Breast Implant Process
If and when you decide to undergo a breast augmentation procedure, consider only the surgeons who will go the extra mile to make sure you only have the best implants and best care. The first step of the process is getting a mammogram. If you are over the age of 30, it is a must. The next step is planning surgery. The surgery tends to last up to 2 hours. An incision is made under the breast fold, and the implant is placed under the muscle. This ensures any scars are hidden or unnoticeable. It may sound odd placing an implant below the muscle tissue, but it gives a natural look and does not affect future mammograms.
Recovery takes some time and the first couple of days are the hardest. You should be able to work after a week, though it is important to take it slow for the following few weeks, After about six weeks, you should be back to your normal activities, including exercising!
Breast implants can do wonders for your confidence, giving you a sense of youthfulness. If you are tired of asymmetrical breasts or if you desire to have more proportional breasts, make an appointment with Dr. Ramsey Choucair of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery today.
Dr. Ramsey Choucair is a Dallas, Texas Plastic Surgeon, and Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Choucair is a recognized surgeon in facial burn reconstruction having completed a fellowship at Shriners Burn Institute in Boston. Dr. Ramsey Choucair is named a Top10MD. Only 1 in 3 doctors succeeds with this in the United States. Contact Dr. Choucair today at 214.390.0011 to schedule an appointment or view his profile on Top10MD.