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Breast augmentation has been among the top plastic surgery procedures for years. There are several reasons behind its popularity, including the personalized options, long-lasting results, and satisfaction rates. With all the choices out there, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Let’s break down some of the options and the differences.
Implants come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and cohesiveness. Saline, silicone, and cohesive gel (aka ‘gummy bear’) implants each have unique characteristics. They all have a silicone outer shell, but the inside differs. Saline implants are filled to the desired size with sterile salt water. Silicone implants are pre-filled to the correct volume with a gel. ‘Gummy bear’ implants are pre-filled with a thicker, cohesive silicone gel.
Dr. Poulter has been using responsive silicone gel implants since 2006, when they were re-approved by the FDA. These implants are a little softer, and settle at the upper pole just a little more. The more cohesive an implant, the firmer it is, with less rippling. It also has a little more upper pole fullness. Allergan ‘Gummy bear’ implants are among the most cohesive implants, and are now available in a smooth, round implant.
Dr. Poulter uses Allergan cohesive gel implants, which offers the widest variety of shapes, so you can find the perfect fit for you. The Allergan Natrelle line of implants recently changed the amount of fill in their implants, so there is even less rippling, which produces better results.
Saline implants continue to be in limited use, as our practice has seen a significant increase in the number of silicone implants augmentations performed. Silicone implants have a good safety profile, softer feel, more natural look, and less capsular contracture.
For women with narrower chests and breasts, Dr. Poulter frequently considers using the extra/high projection Inspira implant that results in a lighter implant with more projection forward and less lateral show of the breast by the arm. The final projection will be chosen during your consultation to ensure you’re pleased with the results.
Implants are recommended and selected on an individual basis, based on each patient. Dr. Poulter considers many factors when consulting on your new size and shape. Some of the factors include if you have had children, have loose or tight skin, have a droop to the breast or not, your starting breast volume, and your height, weight, and body frame.
Dr. Poulter is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive training and proven skill in the full range of cosmetic procedures. With his 25+ years of experience, he can provide solutions that will help keep you looking and feeling your best.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Poulter today or call our office at (309) 663-1222 or Toll Free at (888) 841-4108 and boost your confidence!