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Breast Augmentation

 

 

A Breast Lift is also known as mastopexy, and  is done to reduce droopiness or laxity of the breast, elevate the nipple position, and reshape and tighten the breast skin.  If more breast fullness is desired, placement of an implant may also be needed. 

 

The difference between Saline and Silicone Breast Implants

There are two types of breast implants: Saline and Silicone.

Saline-filled implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water (saline).

Silicone-filled implants are silicone shells filled with a plastic gel (silicone).

Although many women say that silicone implants feel more like real breasts than saline, they pose more of a risk if they leak.

In 1992, the FDA halted the sale of silicone implants because of safety concerns. In 2006, after reviewing more research, the FDA started allowing certain silicone breast implants back on the market.

Possible Complications

Breast implant surgery can have risks, such as:

Breast pain, scarring, bleeding, infection, scar tissue forming and hardening in the area around the implant,  changes in sensation in the nipple and breast, or problems with the size or shape of the implants (for example, the breasts may not be symmetrical).

It is also possible for implants to rupture and leak. If saline implants rupture, the saline will be safely absorbed by the body. A silicone leak may stay inside the implant shell or leak outside of the shell. When a saline implant ruptures, it will deflate. But silicone breast implants may cause no obvious symptoms when they rupture. This is called silent rupture.  Call Dr. Lewis as soon as possible if you suspect you have a leak or rupture in your implants.