Many factors combine into choosing the right implant for your breast augmentation. Come in and talk with one of our skilled, female surgeons and we’ll help you decide.
Saline breast implants are FDA approved for women 18 years of age and older. Typically less expensive than their silicone counterparts, saline breast implants are filled with a safe, saline water solution, allowing ruptures to be easily detected.
The incision for the placement of a saline breast implant is made near the breast fold, or in the base of the areola. Once the implants are placed, your plastic surgeon will fill the saline breast implants with the saline solution to the size that was discussed at your pre-operative appointment.
Saline breast implants are manufactured by Allergan and Mentor pharmaceutical companies. Both the Allergan Natrelle Implants and the Mentor Saline Implants are available at the Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville.
Don’t know where to start? Check out our First Steps Guide to breast implants.
Silicone breast implants are FDA approved for women 22 years of age and older. Totaling around $900 or more than saline breast implants, silicone breast implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel, allowing them to feel more natural and have less likelihood of rippling. Ruptures of silicone breast implants are harder to detect than their saline counterparts, but neither rupture of saline or silicone has been linked to any health problems.
Silicone implants typically require a slightly larger incision because they are prefilled devices. Drs. Mary Gingrass and Melinda Haws also use anatomic shaped silicone implants for some patients. These breast implants tend to have a more natural look and help shape the breasts.
All silicone implants are considered “cohesive” gel, but only the most cohesive are called “gummy bear” implants. These include the Mentor MemoryShape, Allergan 410 shaped implants, Sientra Shaped Implants, and most recently, a highly cohesive round implant, also manufactured by Sientra. All of these styles are available at the Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville.
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